Friday, 3 November 2017

Tour






There may be a bit less art and more crazy tour stories in the next two weeks. I’m off to follow a big of dream come true of mine. To see the original Alice Cooper Group. I never thought I would see this one day... well actually five days and five shows. But Alice is the reason I draw in the way I do, I developped this style years go while listening to him and it took a long time to refine. But I am finally on to something and I hope to come home full of inspiration if rather exhausted.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Plein air test

This month James Gurney is proposing a challenge of painting a dead vehicle. So I chose this old loco that I always loved

Not the best easel ever as it was really improvised for lack of time.


I realise that, as expected, I have a problem because of my varifocal glasses. They warp everything completely, when I look at my phone it looks all curved, so this also deformed the drawing.
I can't use my reading glasses to paint here because I won't be able to see the model with them. I tried to stick to basic shapes. But I just realised now that one of the wheels got lost in translation, it was there all the time and then went off on a wander?



But there you go, the old locomotive in a local museum. My friend who lives there was nice enough to lend me her parasol to save me from the sun :) Not something I can fit on my bicycle otherwise... I used watersoluble neocolor crayons.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Not so new video blog

I made this a while ago, but only posting now.
Let me know what you think of these, do you want to see more? Or do you prefer to read about projects here?


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Painting


via Instagram

Currently trying to share instagram posts here so the blog lives a bit more. Sorry about the hashtags, I'll avoid them when I can.

This method should allow me to have my line art better visible while I paint. I could loose them entirely as I did in the test to the right, but I prefer the liveliness of the pencil lines to stay a bit. It's not faster but it might also allow me to start over faster if I mess up. 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Happy Solstice !

Wow! No post in three months? Well, having found two new part time jobs doesn't help with being present online as well. But I have also made a video blog that you can see here :




This is the time to look back on the year that ends today according to the planetary mechanics.

Traditionally my Solstice message is accompanied by the last piece of art of the year, but for once I will use an image from my long term project. The God of Light.


You can read the prologue to the story here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/41225377/The-Chronicles-of-Circadia
For now this is a bit on hold as I am working more or less full time. Half time in my other field of tourism and museums, and the other half on a very cool commission that's due in Spring.

It can be a bit frustrating to have to halt a great project like this one but that's how things go. I am not going to complain that I have a job! The main problem is that I was finally getting some visibility but this is a constant effort to be made, the minute you disappear from social media you stop existing to others. I just hope that at least some of you will continue to follow this project but you'll have to be patient. And follow me on Instagram to get some glimpses into my daily work, art related but sometimes also culinary moments or outdoor inspirations.

In the meantime I wish you all the best for this new turn of the wheel, happy everything you are celebrating depending on where you live and your personal traditions.


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Finalised dragon

Here it is all done.



And to follow up on that other post below, I also scanned some of these backgrounds as they can be of use in digital painting too as textures:



Saturday, 3 September 2016

Preparing a new book, backgrounds

The process in a lot of my illustrations starts with a random background. I wanted to film a tutorial of this but for now I just can't find the time. Periscope is all nice but it implies always struggling to keep enough space on my phone and the end result is not really very good.

Anyway, basically it's about using several layers of acrylic paint, diluted to the consistency of a thin pancake batter. And about sloshing it about with various tools.

And very much like pancakes, the first one is always "for the pan" meaning it sticks and looks weird, you need to makes a series and things start to happen, fun effects and colour.

Odd mixes that can give interesting results

Depending on how dry the previous layer is it will produce different results

These are just bad iPhone photos but it gives an idea of the result


Sometimes you want to keep these as they are, maybe the could sell as abstract art, he, he. But I usually use them to paint other things on top, it gives me a first structure to work from, even if most of this will end up covered with more paint.

Since I don't have a lot of time to paint at the moment, I make a couple of these each evening and will keep going until I have a dozen or so. Then I will start to draw more thumbnails for the book and composing the illustrations before I get to paint them on these backgrounds.

Feel free to ask questions if you want to know more