Dragon Pony Elephant..

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Elder god?

cthulucat

Biro sketch, scanned in and vectorised using Gimp and Inkscape free software

Free Science Fiction e-books

Patty Jansen is making some ebooks from her author contacts available free during February – the first ebook in several series is available on her blog for download through Amazon, Kindle, KOBO etc… obviously after reading and enjoying, one should return to pay for the subsequent books so that the authors don’t starve!

A really exciting opportunity to sample some great  writing.. (check out her blog for some useful authorly hints and tips too)

http://pattyjansen.com/blog/first-series-free-sky-hunter-chris-reher/

http://pattyjansen.com/blog/first-series-free-humility-garden-felicity-savage/

http://pattyjansen.com/blog/first-series-free-orientation-al-k-line/

http://pattyjansen.com/blog/first-series-free-god-decrees-mark-cooper/

http://pattyjansen.com/blog/first-series-free-small-town-witch-kirsten-s-walker/

Thanks Patty, Kirsten, Mark, Al, Felicity and Chris!

Castleface

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Here is another sketch, in biro on a cheap lined notepad. I used GIMP to make it greyscale and the threshold tool to remove the lines.

There’s a website called http://vectormagic.com/ which let me vectorise it for free – but it only lets you do a couple and then you have to pay. Oh Inkscape, why aren’t you easier to use?

Robot

robot

I found this picture recently that I drew a long time ago – black biro on a pad – it’s always been one of my favourites. I think I drew it in a Power engineering lecture. I don’t remember much about bridge rectifiers but hey at least I have the robot picture!

Sheepworld

sheepworld

I actually did this ages ago when i was beign presiding officer for the last election in a tiny hamlet where there were long periods where nobody came in.. you had to sit at the desk for 16 hours straight to make sure the ballot papers weren’t tampered with and I think I went a little odd.

I have been promising myself I will do more with this – process it and colour it either on the PC or with inks – but I haven’t decided on my colour scheme yet, so here it is in pencil.

mechanicat

mechanicat1

OK this s a bit silly. I’m not 100% sure what I was trying to do here. However it was really, really fun to do, and it’s going up on my wall (but upstairs, where visitors won’t see it!)

acrylic on canvas, background is QUINK ink wash and detail in gold and blue ink.

elder gods

elder god

I was feeling creative yesterday – this started off as acrylic painted onto a canvas, with more detail added with inks.

This technique is working well for me – I love the textures you get with acrylic and the way you can almost mould it with a palette knife  – but I struggle with control and subtlety as the cheap acrylics I can afford tend to clump and are too bright and plasticcy – it’s very had to get any sort of natural warmth from them.

Using inks on top of the acrylics (a mixture of windsor and newton and quink) is a good way to bring a bit more depth and detali in – you can of course use a really fine brush or dip pen with the inks, and they have a better quality of colour – less “new” looking.

I may have gone a bit overboard with the gold ink, but I wanted my elder god to look shiny!

Tattoo ideas

I made some tattoo ideas for my friend.. just pencil, scanned in.

sarah tattoo 3 sarah tattoo black catsarah tattoo 2

Landscape

alienworld

Ink and biro again.
This is just a doodle really. I like to make a wash and swish the ink around in it and then when it has dried I see what it suggests to me and draw it on in biro. I use coloured pencils and inks to colour the people. It reminds me of cloth covered hardback story books from the 40s and 50s I had when I was a child, inherited from my Dad. There was a different, faded quality to the ink in those books and the printing wasn’t very sophisticated, so only the main characters got their own colours and the backgrounds were quite clumsy.