Tag Archives: JKF-1

Acrylic Painting 2: Labrador Puppy

Here’s my second painting in acrylics, a labrador puppy.

I heard that at Watts Atelier, they have their students paint monochromatically to begin with so I thought I’d give that a go.

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My First Acrylic Painting: Rabbit In The Grass

I’ve been meaning to try my hand at painting using a traditional medium such as acrylic paint for some time now.

I finally took the plunge and whilst I’m not completely happy with the result, I did really enjoy myself!

 

RabbitInAcrylics1I started with a medium grey background and then did an initial colour block-in.

 

RabbitInAcrylics2 I then decided that my colours were completely wrong and did another colour block-in over the top.  I tried to use an impasto (thick paint) technique as this seemed like fun, and it was!

 

RabbitInAcrylics3Here I added a little more detail over the blocks of paint.

 

RabbitInAcrylics4I struggled to get the right tonal variation whilst working with variation in colour as well here but I am calling this done and moving on.  It’s so much easier working digitally since you can just set the value slider to get the right tones for the selected colour.  Here I will have to learn how to mix paint physically!

Project JKF-1: Rabbit Pencil Sketches on 2nd Feb 2017

I’ve been doing some more rabbit studies for my project with John Fulton.

I had a quick look at the skeletal structure – I didn’t realise that a rabbit’s scapulae came so far round the side and forward to the front!  Every day’s a school day!

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Project JKF-1: Kettle Design Using 3D Modelling In Blender

After reading about how James Gurney uses miniature models to help him work out lighting, I thought I would try something similar in the digital realm.

Here is a kettle design for a project with my author friend John Fulton.

It was done as a 3D model in Blender using it’s ray tracing render engine (Cycles) which calculates how light rays behave in the real world.

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Project JKF-1: A Candle-Lit Shack

Here’s another study for my project with my friend and published author John Fulton winner of the Great War Dundee Children’s Book prize.

The inside of a candle lit shack.

For this I really tried to focus on the process of working from big shapes to small.

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Project JKF-1: Dog Painting Study

Another study for my project with my author friend John Fulton.

For me studies like this are useful because you notice little things that can make all the difference – like the subtle tone variation in the white fur, the white hairs on the eye brows etc.

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Project JKF-1: Kettle Studies

The more I learn about, art the more I see the importance of using reference images and doing studies of them.

For my first illustration in Project JKF-1, I need to paint a kettle so here are a few studies.

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I also took the opportunity to develop my painting process a bit further by using a hard brush to achieve a more painterly style.

Project Code: JKF-1

My friend and published author John Fulton, has written a collection of 9 science fiction short stories and needed some artwork to accompany his writings.

I am pretty excited to be working with him as his artist on this project to see if we can’t get it published on Amazon Kindle.

John has a website where he blogs about his writings and posts some well written book reviews.  Check it out at http://www.johnkfulton.com/.

To help me organise myself a bit I am going to tag any work I do on this with “JKF-1”.

To get into the swing of things I’m doing a few studies of relevant subjects.

Here’s a study of a rabbit 🙂

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