I’m in the ink-ditches working away, bullets of real life zinging past my head. When I’m ready (give me a week or two) I’m back with the new batch of work and some exciting news, until then stay warm and soft inside.
Mixed media on canvas. The canvas isn’t stretched, I just took it down from my wall. I climbed a ladder snapping this photo for you guys because its so big, cirka 150cm x 165cm. The Autumnal daylight is getting weaker by the day, please excuse me while I await better equipment to capture my larger work.
It was nice to bring more life story and color to my sketches and put them together in a new context that made sense for all of them.
I’m so thankful right now. Colart sent me a fantastic Winsor and Newton goodiebag full of watercolor markers, papers and even watercolor crayons and the small watercolor tubes (which I already own but I don’t mind some extra, they’re great).
I’ve fallen in love with Arches paper but trying the sample of the hot pressed cotton paper from Winsor and Newton it could be I’ve found a second lover.
The colors worked really well and even adding a bit of ink pen worked really nicely. Smooth but sturdy you know, just the way I need my papers. I do love grains as well in my papers, but mostly that’s for another kind of illustration work. When I do my own artworks I really need the smoothness because I work slightly different nowadays and detail and almost comic feel is of essence when I cram all my stories onto the paper.
I look forward exploring further, so for now I leave you all with a big smile, a feeling of thanks and love and appreciation. It’s nice to be supported, to feel supported. It’s especially nice when the quality is not compromised. I can actually use this for work! It’s what I already prefer working with.
Meet my cluttered workspace, Scrivener is up (the manuscript program to work on, seriously makes my life so much easier) and favorite mug filled with coffee and oat-milk. Not goats milk. Oats. And yes I’m getting there, writing wise, but also I finally decided on how to incorporate the illustrations and which technique I should go for (ink, watercolor and digital). I’m pleased so far.
Here’s some design elements. Sorry for the blurry image, my new Huawei phone which seems to be broken from day one is not great with either texting nor photos. I’m thinking of switching back to my stone age iPhone 4S. The bigger illustrations are freshly scanned but I’ll show you more later, I want to play around with them a bit more and place them nicely on the pages. I’m using In Design a lot, but is there some other program you enjoy when working with text and images? I’ve only tried Id.
It’s time to finish up my manuscripts but I try to do art in between whatever breaks I squeeze in. This week I’ll be packing a sold painting and shipping it to Norway, and also it’s time to do my Taxes, oh joy…. Wishing you all a good week!
Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun with my old sketchbook illustrations, rendering them (so I call them new but if you follow my work you will recognize some of them) and right now I’m using the new designs in my Rage On Shop which is updated about weekly.
Work is going smoother, juggling motherhood and business is no walk in the park but I’m finally getting the hang of things. This makes me more busy so actually I have an illustration I need to finish today and so I have to leave you already. Thank you for following my work here and see you soon!
I found old acrylic on canvas pieces that I made a long time ago and decided to paint something new on top of it. I blocked out the old piece using acrylics and then I used gouache for the new artwork.