So there's this thing I found...

Birthday present for my cousin’s daughter who is six going on twenty-six and an absolute sweetheart. Main parts done in pencil crayon on cut out bits of cardboard stuck on a splodgy watercolour background. I was intrigued to see how much my basic half-cartoony style has changed and improved (I think anyway) since I’ve done actual realistic portrait stuff.

I have to confess, I was tempted to keep this and give her a bought card I liked the end result so much. She did get it though.

My mum’s been so ridiculously busy these past few weeks doing her witchcrafty knitting. It helps that we’ve opened up an Etsy Shop and mum’s been given a couple of custom orders like the shiny Pidgey hat at the top. I’m actually kind of curious as to what might actually be enough to baffle her with this sort of stuff.

Still, commissions and custom orders are open at the moment so if you’re interested…

Well, I have been a bit busy lately and got news that I’ll likely be the same for hen next year or so. I got a reply back from my MSc Uni application - spaces are all full for this years intake so none for me but I’ve been offered a place on the 2015 course. So, bad news good news.

Otherwise - we saw a group of birds I’d never seen before in the garden yesterday - got a photo of one of them. I think it’s a juvenile swallow but I’d greatly appreciate if someone who knows their stuff can either confirm or correct me.

The painty stuff is more stuff for the shop I volunteer at - Woodside Crafts -  I managed to get a full set of all the native UK owl species. I still have a badger family on a tree stump to do.

Oh, I suppose I should say that I’m doing commission work at the moment and so is my mum - if you want something done (painty from me, knitted from my mum) then just message me and I’msure something can be worked out.

So, while my laptop’s been dead and in for repair (again) I have been doing stuff, promise! More owls (I’ve now got plans to do a complete set of 5 for each native species in the UK) and a garden tidy for a friend. Plenty more stuff done and to do - more today in fact for the place I volunteer at.

Source: http://millenniumconjectures.com/
Do you know where your towel is?

Source: http://millenniumconjectures.com/

Do you know where your towel is?

Asexual Representation

So finally got around to watching the most recent episode of Game of Thrones and, well…

  • I’m torn between being pleased and not at the fact that Varys stated in pretty clear (and kind of well explained) terms that he was asexual.
  • But dammit, could we have someone somewhere who defines as that without having physical/mental/emotional trauma which ‘explains’ it?

Ah well, so yes, one more to the (very short) list of asexual fictional characters I know.

I've started imagining you as a Mermaid with the tail of a shark and the arms of a praying mantis. I am odd.

seananmcguire:

…sounds legit.

I’m sorry but my hand slipped…

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I suppose there are worse ways to start off a new sketchpad than drawing chimera mermaids in honour of seananmcguire considering how much I love her books.

Reblog if you’ll PUBLICLY answer anything in your ask right now.

This is pretty much an always available option. I’m curious as to what people might actually ask.

liesrungtrue:

My newest hat courtesy of my mum’s witchcraft and my dad’s modelling. I gave her a Gyarados picture to make as a challenge and I think she rose to the occasion magnificently.
If you’re interested in maybe having an awesome hat my mum is still taking commissions and details of how to inquire are here:
http://weirdcitysights.tumblr.com/post/72467100466/showing-off-what-my-mum-has-been-doing-since-her


Oooh, I should probably say! My mum and I have started up an Etsy shop and these awesome hats are now for sale online!
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MillsyKnitsandBits
There’s both Pokemon hats as well as other bits and bobs so if you’re interested go and have a look. Commissions are still open too so either message me on here or on Etsy if you’re interested.

liesrungtrue:

My newest hat courtesy of my mum’s witchcraft and my dad’s modelling. I gave her a Gyarados picture to make as a challenge and I think she rose to the occasion magnificently.

If you’re interested in maybe having an awesome hat my mum is still taking commissions and details of how to inquire are here:

http://weirdcitysights.tumblr.com/post/72467100466/showing-off-what-my-mum-has-been-doing-since-her

Oooh, I should probably say! My mum and I have started up an Etsy shop and these awesome hats are now for sale online!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MillsyKnitsandBits

There’s both Pokemon hats as well as other bits and bobs so if you’re interested go and have a look. Commissions are still open too so either message me on here or on Etsy if you’re interested.

I've started imagining you as a Mermaid with the tail of a shark and the arms of a praying mantis. I am odd.

seananmcguire:

…sounds legit.

I must go draw this now.

botanicality:

Title: Canna glauca
Artist: liesrungtrue
Category: Painting
 
Please remember, the judging of each category will be based upon likes and reblogs.  Each active tumblr user may vote for their favorite art pieces by clicking like or reblog on this post.  Voting ends at midnight CST on May 15.  While tumblr users may like or reblog multiple entries, duplicate votes for the same artwork will be eliminated.  The entries receiving the most combined likes and reblogs will win first prize in their category and compete for Best of Show.

My main entry to the 2014 Botanicality contest on Tumblr. Go over and take a look if you could and vote! Maybe even for me if you like it more than the other entries. There are some beautiful things done for this event so I do recommend at least having a look.

botanicality:

Title: Canna glauca

Artist: liesrungtrue

Category: Painting

 

Please remember, the judging of each category will be based upon likes and reblogs.  Each active tumblr user may vote for their favorite art pieces by clicking like or reblog on this post.  Voting ends at midnight CST on May 15.  While tumblr users may like or reblog multiple entries, duplicate votes for the same artwork will be eliminated.  The entries receiving the most combined likes and reblogs will win first prize in their category and compete for Best of Show.

My main entry to the 2014 Botanicality contest on Tumblr. Go over and take a look if you could and vote! Maybe even for me if you like it more than the other entries. There are some beautiful things done for this event so I do recommend at least having a look.

thesem:

liesrungtrue:


Portion of a watercolour painting I’ve just finished for a botanical art contest on Tumblr - Botanicality - won’t show the whole thing until the contest starts. It’s a Canna glauca which I caught my eye in Tenerife (not flowering alas). The slightly messy style is done purposely (mostly to try and counteract by horrible habit of accidentally smudging paint while it’s drying) and there are so many layers to try and get the really bright reds and yellows in the flowers. Also! I managed to confirm that my WHSmith watercolour pencil crayons are very nice (especially when compared to other, far more expensive brands). Still, I think I’m pretty happy with the final product overall. Will probably try more like it in the future if I can ever narrow down a particular flower/plant.
Any comments or critiques are appreciated as I’m pretty new to this sort of painting.
Oh, any does anybody have any ideas or requests for future attempts?


This is lovely! I rather like the petal that’s swopping down
With watercolor one way to hide smudges and whatnot is to use thinner layers of washes? I tend to do a couple of those before I add more pigment because I’m impatient haha. After that though you can go in with a wet brush and move things around, and if you have a stiffer brush (like a brush meant for acrylics or the like) you can remove pigment and then lay in more color. Of course certain colors are more staining (generally paints made with dyes rather than pigments, so the things like the phthalos and reds) so this can only go so far, but it helps.
Similarly for stray marks outside of your main subject you can use the stuff brush, just make sure it’s clean and dip the brush in clean water, gently scrub the affected area, then blot away the water with a clean towel and it lifts most things out! I… I do this a lot I’m so bad at doing my initial washes in the edges.
I have no experience with watercolor crayon though I’m assuming act more or less like watercolor pencil (which I have used, though not as much as I would like as I look forlornly at my set which sits on a chair across from me). I know you can do lots of things with color layering though, as in colored pencil color layering matters a lot more than in watercolor (due to the nature of the medium I forget exactly why but it comes to how light reflects off the layers and how the layers combine).
Haha sorry I wrote you a lot of words I hope you find something useful in there u.u

I don’t mind lots of words! Lots of word are useful and I always like to learn about how other people do stuff. 
I was using a fair bit of viridian red and phthalo green in it and while you can’t tell this on the snippet I posted, I have done that washing away of splatters and bigger smudges loads of times. I also did extremely light washes of colour in the background too so when dealing with those things the more opaque colours wouldn’t stand out too much if they didn’t entirely wash away. I also cheated a bit and used my chinese white on the big red petal on the top right to give it a more definite shape. Heh, I think I’ve learned more techniques to cover up mistakes on these things than I have for any other particular thing.
The pencil crayons are actually just watercolour pencils - I don’t know why we add the extra ‘crayon’ over here. I have a little experience with them - usually adding teeny-tiny fine detail on stuff as a sharp pencil is easier for me to work with than a fine brush - trying to fix that at the moment. I think the layering thing is to do with glazes which you can do in water colour but pencils are much more… opaque? and are affected by the paper texture more. Unless you are using really expensive ones they often have a greasy affect to them which makes multiple layers very difficult to do properly in pencil crayon I’ve found. I wish I could remember what exactly my art teacher said about them ‘cause it was very involved and extremely useful. Rargle. So yeah, in conclusion - watercolours = more layers and glazes to create stupidly complex colour effects and pencils = more opaque and fewer layers but good for bolder stuff.

thesem:

liesrungtrue:

Portion of a watercolour painting I’ve just finished for a botanical art contest on Tumblr - Botanicality - won’t show the whole thing until the contest starts. It’s a Canna glauca which I caught my eye in Tenerife (not flowering alas). The slightly messy style is done purposely (mostly to try and counteract by horrible habit of accidentally smudging paint while it’s drying) and there are so many layers to try and get the really bright reds and yellows in the flowers. Also! I managed to confirm that my WHSmith watercolour pencil crayons are very nice (especially when compared to other, far more expensive brands). Still, I think I’m pretty happy with the final product overall. Will probably try more like it in the future if I can ever narrow down a particular flower/plant.

Any comments or critiques are appreciated as I’m pretty new to this sort of painting.

Oh, any does anybody have any ideas or requests for future attempts?

This is lovely! I rather like the petal that’s swopping down

With watercolor one way to hide smudges and whatnot is to use thinner layers of washes? I tend to do a couple of those before I add more pigment because I’m impatient haha. After that though you can go in with a wet brush and move things around, and if you have a stiffer brush (like a brush meant for acrylics or the like) you can remove pigment and then lay in more color. Of course certain colors are more staining (generally paints made with dyes rather than pigments, so the things like the phthalos and reds) so this can only go so far, but it helps.

Similarly for stray marks outside of your main subject you can use the stuff brush, just make sure it’s clean and dip the brush in clean water, gently scrub the affected area, then blot away the water with a clean towel and it lifts most things out! I… I do this a lot I’m so bad at doing my initial washes in the edges.

I have no experience with watercolor crayon though I’m assuming act more or less like watercolor pencil (which I have used, though not as much as I would like as I look forlornly at my set which sits on a chair across from me). I know you can do lots of things with color layering though, as in colored pencil color layering matters a lot more than in watercolor (due to the nature of the medium I forget exactly why but it comes to how light reflects off the layers and how the layers combine).

Haha sorry I wrote you a lot of words I hope you find something useful in there u.u

I don’t mind lots of words! Lots of word are useful and I always like to learn about how other people do stuff.

I was using a fair bit of viridian red and phthalo green in it and while you can’t tell this on the snippet I posted, I have done that washing away of splatters and bigger smudges loads of times. I also did extremely light washes of colour in the background too so when dealing with those things the more opaque colours wouldn’t stand out too much if they didn’t entirely wash away. I also cheated a bit and used my chinese white on the big red petal on the top right to give it a more definite shape. Heh, I think I’ve learned more techniques to cover up mistakes on these things than I have for any other particular thing.

The pencil crayons are actually just watercolour pencils - I don’t know why we add the extra ‘crayon’ over here. I have a little experience with them - usually adding teeny-tiny fine detail on stuff as a sharp pencil is easier for me to work with than a fine brush - trying to fix that at the moment. I think the layering thing is to do with glazes which you can do in water colour but pencils are much more… opaque? and are affected by the paper texture more. Unless you are using really expensive ones they often have a greasy affect to them which makes multiple layers very difficult to do properly in pencil crayon I’ve found. I wish I could remember what exactly my art teacher said about them ‘cause it was very involved and extremely useful. Rargle. So yeah, in conclusion - watercolours = more layers and glazes to create stupidly complex colour effects and pencils = more opaque and fewer layers but good for bolder stuff.


Portion of a watercolour painting I’ve just finished for a botanical art contest on Tumblr - Botanicality - won’t show the whole thing until the contest starts. It’s a Canna glauca which I caught my eye in Tenerife (not flowering alas). The slightly messy style is done purposely (mostly to try and counteract by horrible habit of accidentally smudging paint while it’s drying) and there are so many layers to try and get the really bright reds and yellows in the flowers. Also! I managed to confirm that my WHSmith watercolour pencil crayons are very nice (especially when compared to other, far more expensive brands). Still, I think I’m pretty happy with the final product overall. Will probably try more like it in the future if I can ever narrow down a particular flower/plant.
Any comments or critiques are appreciated as I’m pretty new to this sort of painting.
Oh, any does anybody have any ideas or requests for future attempts?

Portion of a watercolour painting I’ve just finished for a botanical art contest on Tumblr - Botanicality - won’t show the whole thing until the contest starts. It’s a Canna glauca which I caught my eye in Tenerife (not flowering alas). The slightly messy style is done purposely (mostly to try and counteract by horrible habit of accidentally smudging paint while it’s drying) and there are so many layers to try and get the really bright reds and yellows in the flowers. Also! I managed to confirm that my WHSmith watercolour pencil crayons are very nice (especially when compared to other, far more expensive brands). Still, I think I’m pretty happy with the final product overall. Will probably try more like it in the future if I can ever narrow down a particular flower/plant.

Any comments or critiques are appreciated as I’m pretty new to this sort of painting.

Oh, any does anybody have any ideas or requests for future attempts?

Saw this cut piece of cherry wood and knew I had to do something with it. Turned into an owl’s nest in acrylic - the whole thing is about 30cm in height and will be on sale in the shop I volunteer at. I’m honestly quite happy how this turned out considering I’d never painted a picture like this directly onto wood before.
Any comments to help me improve for next time?

Saw this cut piece of cherry wood and knew I had to do something with it. Turned into an owl’s nest in acrylic - the whole thing is about 30cm in height and will be on sale in the shop I volunteer at. I’m honestly quite happy how this turned out considering I’d never painted a picture like this directly onto wood before.

Any comments to help me improve for next time?

In conclusion: Issue 6.
Hmm, actually it does fit into kind of pretty much all of those categories. What do you think theSEM?

In conclusion: Issue 6.

Hmm, actually it does fit into kind of pretty much all of those categories. What do you think theSEM?