Monday, September 27, 2010

Boletus species (Mushrooms)

To begin with I would just like to say that I'm guilty! Guilty of posting several works in progress... can't help it! I'm doing this piece for 2 days now, but only after when I get home from work.  I would allot some time to paint it and would just stop and leave it for the next day. It's kinda' hard painting after work, you're all drained up and tired (excuses excuses).

 I love illustrating mushrooms and these two guys belong to the Boletus species. The bigger dude is called Boletus Erythropus and he is edible, while the smaller and innocent-looking guy at the front is called the Devil's Boletus because they are poisonous, thus non-edible.

I still need to add more details on the Devil's Boletus and color the twigs and leaves on the foreground.  I just need one more night ,,probably tomorrow when I get home I would be able to finish it.  I will post it tomorrow..promise! :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Eryngium yuccifolium

This is my new work in progress which i call "Eryngium yuccifolium" (Sea Holly). I bought a stalk of this plant which I think is very lovely. It's kinda' complicated to paint it but what the heck!  As you can see my Eryngium is already wilting, I need to work faster if I'm going to use fresh references for my illustration.

I have so much stuff in my hands at the moment and there's just so little time to accomplish everything.  I haven't even started with the toadstool drawings which I need to show a client at the end of the month...oh just great! :S

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Watercoloring on Clay

I did this clay sculpture like a year ago and it's just today that I decided to paint it using watercolor. Her name is Lily and I think she's glad that finally she's got some color on her! 

I am using DAS self-drying clay and its fun to do this stuff when I need time out from illustrating :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Botanic Art

It's 1 in the morning and I'm still sat in front of my drawing table working on this dried twig...or branch.  I have kept this branch for more than a year now, I took it from a tree when I was walking home from work.  I'm here in Dubai and there's not much of nature to see around so I thought why not collect this small stuff. I'm still searching for the dried cones I collected from the park!

Anyway, I have decided to push my skills in improving my illustration when it comes to plants, flowers and trees.  I think  it would give more credibility to my faerie works if I could come up with illustrations of plants that are properly drawn.  Botanic Art is something I want to study.  There are online courses available and a bit expensive but if I could learn more, then why not?  But for now, while I'm saving for it might as well practice with some of the things I could find at home like an onion, lemon, leaf and vegetables perhaps!

Jemima Puddle-Duck

Can't help it! I saw this wonderful Jemima Puddle-Duck music box last night. It was such an adorable piece and I can't put her back on the shelf, I have to buy her. So I did! That was the last piece in the shop and really am glad I bought it.  This Jemima Puddle - duck musical figurine is fitted with a clockwork wound musical movement, which is fitted into the base. Once wound, the music plays and the figure revolves to the music.  Jemima dances along with the tune of  Schubert's Lullaby :)

My cramped work place :) the top shelf of my table is home to several faerie friends ....

So here's Jemima in her new home :)