Saturday, 31 July 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
I've added a button to my blog as well which links to the Fantazya page if anyone wants more info on it. Hopefully they'll be published soon - so if anyone is thinking of wee stocking fillers for Christmas (it's never too early!)
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
I don't know if it is a characteristic of me personally or just typical of anyone who creates something arty or crafty from scratch but I tend to be hyper-critical of my art work and usually have that teachers' report card staple 'could do better' running through my head. Anyway, I posted a photo of it to my friend last night and she phoned me today to say that she loved it! I am so pleased and hopefully it might be the start of things to come (fingers crossed). Anyway, here it is.
These are the photos I worked from. Mostly the first but with a little bit of the second mixed in. He's such a cutie, I only hope I've done that cuteness justice!
I'll post my design ideas when they're a bit more concrete - feedback negative or positive will be welcomed!
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Normally I use Indian ink and a pen with interchangeable nibs (which I may or may not have acquired from the school art room in 6th year – is there a statute of limitations on the 'acquisition' of such things!) Anyway it was many, many years ago and I daresay they have improved enormously since then. That said I think my old art teachers would forgive me, as it has certainly been put to good use and has served me well over the years.
Although I love the glossy effect that Indian ink leaves on the page once it has dried, it can be messy and there is always a risk of the nib 'blobbing' (that is a technical term or if it isn't then it probably should be.) Recently I discovered Sakura Micron Pigma pens which are used for technical drawing and illustration and come in various thicknesses of nibs. I sent away for a couple (they are available on several different websites) just to see if they would be any good for doing pointy pictures as an alternative to using bottled ink and I was pleasantly surprised and more than a little bit converted.
As the ones I ordered all had the same size nib (a very tiny 0.25mm), on Sunday S ordered me some more in different sizes (by the way, he deserves a very special thank you not only for buying me so much arty stuff but also for walking the dogs and having my dinner ready for when I get home from work so that I have as much time as possible in the evenings to get straight into my portrait). These ones are by Faber-Castell though so I'll have to wait and see how they compare. As larger nibs will make larger dots it will hopefully then not take quite as long to cover large shaded areas (I don’t cheat and just 'colour in' - it is all really made up of dots!)
As well as pens and storage bags I was also treated this weekend to a really brilliant book called 'How to master the art of drawing Landscapes' by Sarah Hoggett and Abigail Edgar, a brilliant artist whose work you can see if you click on her name. I mostly do portraits and have just dabbled in landscapes in the past although it is something I want to do more of. This is a great book which not only covers every artistic medium you could think of as well as the numerous variations of each one, it also gives you step by step exercises to follow to perfect your use of each of the mediums and it covers all sorts of landscapes including the specifics of sky, sea, lakes, towns and countryside. I haven't used oil or acrylic much and want to learn more about painting in those mediums so this is the perfect introduction to that. As soon as I finish my current piece I plan to experiment with landscapes in acrylic so this book will come in very handy for that!
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Then, while I was sketching in the facial features of the portrait on Saturday, my fiancé, S, went off to the shops for some bits and bobs for himself and came back with things for me instead (I love those kind of shopping trips!). He bought me a great wee bag/storage box thingy called a 'click n go' tote from a company called Art Bin. This is an American company based in Ohio according to their website (and I'm not on commission for recommending them either by the way!) but S picked this one up in TK Maxx! This is perfect for keeping my pencils, pens, brushes & watercolour field boxes in instead of having them rolling around loose and in mortal danger of being chewed to bits.
Let me explain - some months ago I was working on the Labrador pointy portrait at the kitchen table (which, until my lottery numbers come up, is essentially my art studio). Rather than take all my gear back up to our computer room (known as the den) at the end of the evening, I lazily left a plastic bag containing all my brushes etc in the middle of the table.
However, it was about this time that the pups were exploring their surroundings to see just what mischief they could get into while we were out at work. I came home one day to find that not only had they managed to get the bag from the middle of the table (they are only West Highland Terriers so I still don't know how they reached it!), they had ripped the bag to shreds and totally decimated the contents which included the plastic wallets containing my pencils and brushes. Out of over 30 brushes only 1 or 2 survived unscathed and some were never recovered at all – at least not in any recognisable manner. Thankfully I hadn't left my art pad on the table so at least it remained unchewed. Now my brushes and pens are safe in my Art Bin storage bag I just need to make sure not to leave that within puppy chewing distance.
Pups looking like butter wouldn't melt!
Friday, 16 July 2010
I have attached a couple of my favourite pieces here but there are so many more pieces to choose from in Tanya's Etsy shop. I love this little paw print necklace - probably because I am so in love with my own two wee pups and this was originally created in memory of Tanya's own dog who passed away which choked me a little bit, I have to admit!
Thursday, 15 July 2010
However, it wasn't a completely wasted exercise as I do now have a Pointy Pix facebook page up and running and linked into my blog so hopefully some more people might be intrigued enough to have a wee gleek over here. I also got my very first official commission as Pointy Pix - a very good friend of mine has commissioned me to do a portrait of her cute as a button little boy!! I am very excited about starting this and only wish I didn't have to go back to my real actual bill-paying job tomorrow after having 4 days off! Still, this was always going to be a 5-9 venture, at least in the beginning so I will get a start on it tomorrow evening as soon as I get home from work and then fit as much as I can into the weekend.
I also finished my banner today which I have just spent the last hour footering around trying to get the right size. Hurrah, it's finally in place and I like to think it brightens up my blog a little!
In case anyone wonders, it is a lovely wee town square in Krakow where we went on a long weekend back in January this year.
Anyway, it's been a good day all round and hopefully this is just the start!
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Monday, 12 July 2010
Anyway, I think this is a great idea as a way of promoting artists and artisans and I am very much looking forward to the diary being published (various friends and family members may find copies in their Christmas stockings this year!)
After finishing the portrait of Audrey Hepburn yesterday evening I was planning to start a new design today - I need to create a banner for my blog and have an idea in mind of how I would like it to look. Today being 12 July and a public holiday in Northern Ireland I had every intention of getting started but the weatherman got it beautifully wrong with the forecast today and instead of the heavy rain showers we were expecting it turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day. Now, as anyone from Ireland (North or South) will tell you, sunny days are few and far between on this Emerald Isle and so what was I meant to do other than to take full advantage of it!
The pups needed to be walked and we discovered a great big park (the entrance to which I drive past every day without ever having known it existed) so we had a good run around with them there and on returning to the house I have to admit that the lure of the sunshine, a deckchair and a good book in the back garden won out over sitting inside and working on my banner.
I am off work until Friday though so I will get back on track tomorrow and hopefully will have said banner in place on my blog before Friday (as long as the weatherman is wrong again tomorrow that is!)
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Mind you, not only is Leanne a full-time mum designing fabulous handmade gifts and accessories, she has been writing in her blog 'See the Woods and the Trees' for about two years and also has another blog called 'Simply Food' in which she details the many receipes she cooks up. Alongside that she is writing a cookery book which she manages to squeeze into her already pretty busy day. That's what I call multi-tasking.