Dog Gone Bad

Couldn’t help myself, I just had to make these… http://dog-gone-bad.spreadshirt.co.uk/

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It’s the eye that’s important.

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Watching The Art of Survival on the on demand tonight and looking at Johans portraits I was reminded how important it is to focus on the eye. We are naturally programmed to look at the eye, the window to the soul. I always say that in an animal portrait that if the eye is right the rest will follow.

I often focus on fitting everything into the space rather than individual elements when trying to draw people. By focusing on the eye and then letting the image grow from there I got a much better result when doing the above image of my hubby. Lesson for the day – the importance of the eye.


It’s a bit of …

It’s a bit of a cute on this, not my normal thing but like everyone I have a soft side too. I used to create alot of illustrations like these for a magazine so it only seemed right to create one for a t-shirt too.

<a href="http://www.spreadshirt.co.uk/cute-pony-holding-a-balloon-C59I14353077/” onclick=”window.open(this.href); return false;”> <img src="http://image.spreadshirt.net/image-server/image/design/14353077/type/png/width/190/height/190” alt=” Cute pony holding a balloon” title=” Cute pony holding a balloon” style=”width:190px; border:0px;”/>
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Maggie the office art dog

I have been watching Art Race, a Sky Arts programme, and really enjoyed the work done by Kenny Harris. He inspired me to get out my cartridge pen and play with the ink and water thing again. It is so much more restrictive than watercolour and it doesn’t allow for errors much. Ok, so not good if you like to get things perfect but great for making you commit to what you put on the paper.
I think it is a great excercise for speeding up and honing your drawing. The addition of water softens the hardness of the ink but it is very easy to overwork.

Art Race info is at http://www.skyarts.co.uk/art-design/article/art-race/

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Defy Gravity

Featuring Mr Dance T Stevens, this is another favourite of mine. It has been a bit of a favourite on spreadshirt as well so I thought I would share it.


 Defy Gravity

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Defy Gravity


For the younger amoung us…

It’s a bit of a cute on this, not my normal thing but like everyone I have a soft side too. I used to create alot of illustrations like these for a magazine so it only seemed right to create one for a t-shirt too.

 Cute pony holding a balloon
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Cute pony holding a balloon


Horse jumping.

It’s a well known image, one of iconic power and beauty. Slightly simplified, it’s my version.


Kids' Classic T-Shirt - Kids' Shirts Horse loose jumping

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Horse loose jumping