Sunday, 27 September 2015

Autumn is here...

and the leaves are ready to fall.
I have had a horrible shoulder ache for days now... So bad  I can't sit by the computer for more than a few minutes at a time, so no digital painting. Aaaagony! Instead I have been propped up watching The Mummy with a sketchbook in my lap and ice pack strapped to my back. I managed this... pencil sketch with brushpen for face number 13. I do love brushpens. Yes, I know, it's not digital, it's a messy and wet art utensil... what must I be thinking? Well, I may yet give it the digi treatment once I'm better ;-)

Friday, 25 September 2015

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Hey ho, two in a row...


Face number 11 and 12. 
The pink one is from yesterday, but I was sooooo tired yesterday, so I didn't get around to posting it. No story behind it, just wanted to paint something before I fell asleep.
The blue one is from tonight. I fancied an elf and also, I found this picture of this really cool ear pendant with a living plant in it on tumblr the other day and wanted to incorporate it into something.

Sunday, 20 September 2015


Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
There is a gem of a creature flick called 'The Relic' which has one of my most favourite screen detectives in it - the highly superstitious, tough as nails, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta who in the midst of fighting a mutated monster also has time to lament his ex-wife getting custody of their dog. Face number 10.

Face paint

Face Paint
Another face for the 29 faces - number 9. No story behind this... except an urge to do some face paint.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Tapioca Tundra

'Silhouettes and figures stay close to what he had to say, and one more time the faded dream is saddened by the news, it cannot be a part of me for now it's part of you.'

Not sure what it means but I love it... and I love him :-) face number 8 - Hiroyuki Sanada.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Who needs sleep? I do!

Tirion - wip
Face number 7. Leaving it rough but not ready tonight. I'm just too tired. I got half an hour into this and I actually nodded off, woke with a start and realised I had drawn a great big line right across the face. Oh, history tab in Photoshop how I love you :-)
So, this is Tirion, one of my elves - incidentally from the same story that Tywyll is from. His face is inspired by the almost otherworldly looking Japanese Kyogen stage actor Mansai Nomura. I shall finish this later.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Forty-nine years of awesome

A few days ago on September 8th it was exactly 49 years ago that Star Trek first aired. I have loved TOS since I first came across it some ten years ago now, and in particular, I have loved the one green-blooded, pointy-eared Vulcan. And although we lost Leonard Nimoy in February this year, I have a feeling that his most famous on-screen persona will live forever :-)
Face number 6 - Mr. Spock.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Oh, fiddle sticks!

Another attempt at Aichel - the banjo playing sorcerer. Face number 5 for the 29 Faces. The first hour went just fine... then I thought I'd just allow myself to go a bit over and make a few adjustments... Bad idea - I started to faff again. I think I need to instigate an egg timer to assist with my self discipline.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Ready Freddie

Killer Queen

Face number 4. A belated happy birthday to my most favourite Queen, Freddie Mercury, who could have turned sixty-nine this Saturday just gone. Magnifico-oo-oo-oo!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

In the heat of a cold

Burning up

Another Pitt Rivers inspiration for face number 3. This time from an Asian mask that had this really neat pattern on it. I've also managed to catch a horrid cold and my head feels like it's burning up so the hot reds seemed appropriate. And now I must go find my nasal spray.

Friday, 4 September 2015

It's the pitts

In Oxford there's a museum called Pitt Rivers. It's magical. It has dinosaur skeletons and crystals. A piece of a million year old meteor and all sorts of peculiar things collected from across the globe... including a collection of assorted skulls. I was thinking of Pitt Rivers tonight... so here's a skull for face no. 2... and almost within the 1 hour time frame. I shall combat the faff!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Humble beginnings

Tarkin - wip
The first face for the 29 faces. Far from finished... the idea was bigger than my time limit. That's my challenge for this time around. Only allowing myself an hour on a painting at a time. Not that it has to be finished after an hour... but I must have a break from it and work on something else for an hour. I have become terrible at faffing and once I get stuck on fiddling the strokes tighten up and the painting dies. So this is an attempt to counter act this annoying habit by stopping myself before I have time to get fiddly. I did spend over two hours on this, but it's late and I was fiddling ;-) So I got thinking... even Grand Moff Tarkin may have started out as humble storm trooper.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Teething problems

Esgym - wip
So, there is an idea behind this, but I need to go to bed now.