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.
Hello and welcome to Part II of my Ruins art project, if you missed Part I, you can see that by Clicking Here.
With this project being a shorter one than the last one was, I have jumped the gun a bit in terms of getting straight into drawing up a final concept to use as a reference for the final painted piece of work. I didn’t want to drag it out and take another age before wrapping up the project as I need to get as many pieces of work added to the portfolio as soon as possible; moving fast but without detriment to the quality of the work.
Without further ado, here is the finished drawing –
In light of a few technicalities I’ve been having with getting started on my Tristan and Yseult painting, I’m going to put that on the back burner for a short while; though I have written an outline of the legend as I want it to be and will flesh that out and edit it to post real soon. For the painting itself, I will get round to it once the arisen problems with it have been solved.
In the meantime and due to the inspiration I received whilst writing my last post, I’m going to create some ‘Middle Earth’ themed artworks, it’s something I’m a huge fan of and also by regularly creating artworks it’s good practice and training for me.
This will mainly consist of loads of sketches and drawings, finally culminating in an oil painting showing one of Tolkien’s masterful narrative scenes; there’s also the possibility of one or two watercolour landscapes as well, I’m currently more comfortable with watercolours than I am with oils as I’m totally new to them therefore the one oil painting that I do produce may take some time to accomplish.
My next post will be on Wednesday 15th July and will contain some sketches that I’ve been doing for this project.
This 9 book series written by Jack Whyte, a Scottish-Canadian author was brought to my attention when I stumbled across the first two books of the series in ‘The Works’ and bought them. In the UK the series is titled “The Legends of Camelot” and having a keen interest in the Arthurian legend, I decided to give them a shot. The UK published versions of this series have also have different titles to the originals, to save confusion I’m going to list the books by their original titles as decided by the author himself.
I tore through the first two books within a week and I was straight online ordering the rest of the series, totally hooked and hungry for more.
In my opinion, and I have read and watched a vast amount of re-tellings of the Arthurian legend, this is the most realistic, believable and gripping version I have ever come across. Jack Whyte tells the story and places it in a believable time setting and structure, Camelot being formed just as the Roman legions are leaving Britain, starting off as a few villas and some farmland, built up by two Roman-British Legionaries and visionaries, Caius Brittanicus and Publius Varrus.
I would definitely recommend this series to anyone that is interested in historical fiction, Romans, Arthurian legend, Merlin and Camelot, it truly places everything perfectly and is a really enjoyable read. As I said before there are 9 books in the series and they’re not short books either, but they’re easy to make short work of with their page turning effect.
If you have already read this series of books or want some more information on them, feel free to get in touch via the comment section or email, I’m happy for a discussion.
I spent approximately 6 hours in total on this painting, the first time I’ve properly painted using watercolour as I tried them out some time ago and couldn’t get along with them. This time however, I really enjoyed using watercolour and drew the entire scene with the paintbrush as opposed to my usual method of drawing in charcoal or pencil first.
It isn’t exactly a masterpiece but I’m reasonably happy with how it turned out and the inspiration for the work will go a long way still, I have a lot of good ideas relating to Arthurian legend that I wish to describe through my art; this is the first in my Camelot Series, which will feature both visual artwork and poetry.