Monday, July 26, 2010
Hello people!! :) Another new week and I am flat out busy. I just wanted to mention that I will be at the Young Designers Market this coming Sunday in Brisbane at Southbank. I will also be at Eumundi Markets on the Saturday.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The first stages of a personal mandala I am working on for Suzanne. Initially I start with a mandala form asking for information on colours, shapes, animals, mythological creatures, symbols, landscape elements, aims, beliefs...etc etc and then I make a rough sketch out of those details. Often the first flash or idea from this information is the most inspired and I tend to go with that as the central image.
I divide the mandala up into the sections that are asked for and fill it in with shapes and landscape elements so that the whole image will flow. In this case Suzanne has asked for birds as a focus in her mandala and Australian landscapes. She has also chosen dragons, fairies and angels for symbol and myth.
Once I start sketching the original I use a compass to get all the circles of the mandala inside and out and use a small circle template to get the little circles. I like to think that my mandalas are a little organic and flow in their content but neat and tidy in their structure and 'borders' - I find it easier to work this way. I also rule lines across the center of the mandala, from the top to the bottom and diagonally from each corner. This makes it easier to use the circle templates and to get the balance of the image right.
I get people to choose at least four colours for their mandala and I always decide on where to place the colours after I have drawn up the mandala in pencil. Working with colour is really intuitive and for me finding the right balance comes by spreading the colour around instead of just using it in one place. If you use it a lot in the lower section, its good to repeat it in dibs and dabs in the top to carry it through.
Initially I use watercolour pencils to mark out the colour areas. I find the pencils faster and easier to use then normal watercolours - you colour them in quickly and then paint them in with water. I do this to create a good base to work on for the next stage in the layering of the mandala which involves 'colouring it in' with wax based pencils. You can see the next stage here.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
A little look at the commissions I am currently working on - and where I am at with each of them. Very behind as usual but coming along. The 'Selkies' are the next off the rank...a long time in the making. The large mandala follows and will be sketched up over the next day or two , then finally a painting for Trinna.
Other projects include working on illustrations for a children's book. It seems that each week I do the markets someone asks me if I have done one - or if I will do one. I just haven't had the time to do the running around to make it work. Recently someone has approached me with his story and ideas in tact and I have decided to work with him. I find it a very exciting project and am looking forward to starting.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Hello.....another couple of works in progress - just to add to my huge pile of unfinished works in progress (:)). We have "Ocean of Trust" featuring three mermaids and "The Giant" - which is for Illustration Friday. Hopefully I will get that one done in time to actually fit into the category - 'Giant'!