Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part VI

Good Morning!

Welcome to Part VI of my Morning Coffee & Sketch series, today’s coffee of choice for me is hazelnut coffee again, a personal favourite of mine and one that I can’t get enough of.

I’m currently working on an oil painting for my Leaves of Hellebore project which will be the first part of the main storyline, the painting features one of the main protagonists Gurdan, you can see the current progress of the painting by Clicking Here.

In the next week or so though I’ll be starting the thumbnailing and sketching stage for the next painting and I will include those as part of this series.

Anyway, here is today’s sketch –

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part V

Good Morning!!

Welcome to the fifth installment of my Morning Coffee & Sketch series, I’m still finding my feet with this new feature and enjoying the process of keeping it up; I’m sure there will be some minor tweaks and adjustments that I will make down the line to improve it, but so far, so good.

Also, all the sketches that I’m creating for this series correlate to my current project; which is a visual fantasy novel and world that I’m creating called The Leaves of Hellebore.

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part IV

Good Morning!

Welcome to Part IV of my Morning Coffee & Sketch series; I’ve prepared two quick figure sketches this morning, very loose and rough but very inspiring to develop further and transform them into strong narrative elements.

Today’s accompanying coffee was just a simple flat white and it done the job of bringing me to life this morning, it’s terribly dark and too cold for my liking in the morning here in the northern hemisphere at this time of year.

Without further ado, we’ll jump straight to the sketches –

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part III

Good Morning and welcome to another Morning Coffee & Sketch!!

Today we’re going to jump straight into the sketch and straight into the second cup of coffee; this is an idea that’s been on my mind for quite a while now and will soon be realised in more detail –

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Flight of the War Drakes

This sketch shows the moment that the great dragons have mustered together and head off to battle, the last war of their kind; I’ll go into a fuller sense of the story when I create the detailed artwork of this scene. I’m most likely going to use watercolours for that as I think the qualities of watercolours will work well for the atmosphere of the scene.

When it does come to the final version, the composition will change slightly and the mountain range quite possible, but this sketch shows the general idea of the Flight of the War Drakes.

As is the custom with these morning sketches, they are all working towards my current project, the Leaves of Hellebore, which you can find the other work for by clicking the link.

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Until next time, farewell!


Work in Progress – Gurdan Oil Painting

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on an oil painting which will be the first part of the main storyline for my Leaves of Hellebore visual novel. So far I’ve been completing and publishing drawings in order to build up the lore and backstory of the world; which  will continue to do between the paintings and drawings for the main narrative.

I’m still in the early stages of the painting in a sense, the Brunaille underpainting is now complete and the next step will be the colour layers and then finally the detail work. So far I’m really pleased with how it’s coming along so I though I’d publish a progress post on the piece and hence, here we are.

So without further ado, here is the painting in its current stage –

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part II

Good Morning!!!

And another freezing cold morning it is as well, but that’s where the coffee plays a key role in this process. Today’s coffee of choice is a caramel blend which is nice, but perhaps a bit too rich for the first drink of the day.

If you missed Part I of this new series then you can find that by clicking here.

Any road, here’s the sketch for this morning –

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The Tri Rocks

Sorry for the poor quality of the photograph, I’ve been using my phone but I’ll start using my camera for this next week.

Today’s sketch isn’t a narrative but it is something that will be equally as important for the visual fantasy novel that I’m crafting; a landmark, a glimpse of a small place in the world wherein the story takes place. These Tri Rocks will make their appearance in the backdrop of a piece of artwork further down the road.

This rocky slope is also surrounded by trees which I very roughly made impressions of rather than drawing them out fully and with detail; the idea of this series of sketches is too keep it loose and rough to allow the ideas to flow more than worrying about details; I can save them for the main artworks.

To see some of the already completed artworks click – Leaves of Hellebore

That’s about it for this morning, I’ll be back with Part III on Monday morning.

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Until next time, farewell!


Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part I

Welcome to Morning Coffee & Sketch!!!

This is a new idea I’ve decided to try out in order to keep up a discipline in myself for sketching more regularly, most of the sketches I create for this series will be the foundation sketches for larger artworks that will form a part of my Leaves of Hellebore visual fantasy novel.

True to the title, these sketches will indeed be sketchy and rough drafts, sometimes even in the form of thumbnails; I have a penchant for overworking sketches and striving for detail where it isn’t needed, so this will encourage me to loosen up more; and erasers are banned from these works in order to help me fulfill that.

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase, here is the first Morning Coffee Sketch which has been created in the company of a lovely blend of hazelnut coffee –

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The Warrior Returns

This concept is of a warrior who has been on the road for a long time and has finally returned to his homeland, battle weary and perhaps bearing ill tidings; he blows on his horn to inform the people of his long awaited return; or perhaps to warn them sooner of an impending danger…

Fell free to leave any comments and let me know what you think of this idea and series and if you have any requests or concepts you would like to see sketched!

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I hope you have a good morning!