“It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.”
– Vincent van Gogh
It seems appropriate to start this post with a quote from the post-impressionist master himself, as it was watching the recent biographical drama about the latter years of his life ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ that inspired me to create something bolder and looser than my usual work.
Things have been considerably quiet on the blog posting front as of late but behind the scenes the wheels haven’t stopped turning, well not quite anyway…
Work and other commitments take their toll on my time and make it hard to update the blog as regularly as I want to.
That being said, I’ve decided to step into a slightly new venture and try my hand at turning my artwork into a marketable business plan and I intend to start painting murals. I spent yesterday white washing a practice wall at home and I’ve drawn up a design to try out in my first attempt, it’s not a huge piece but a good starting ground for this new journey.
This is the beginning of a new weekly series; an exploration in ink of forgotten worlds and lands that have been left to the mercy of time and memory.
The idea of this project is to create a habit of drawing with ink at least once per week to increase my knowledge and skills with the medium; it’s a medium that I have fallen in love with and really want to use a lot more.
The theme of this series #WorldsForgotten can cover an absolutely huge range of ideas and concepts to work with; landscapes, ruins, architecture, sculptures; I can approach it from a historical point of view or a fantasy one; set the scene in our own world or an alternate one.
I will even be able to tie this theme in with other future ink drawings for my Middle-earth series!
The past couple of weeks have been more hectic and upside down than they usually are, which is saying something; between the massively unsociable hour shifts I work and decorating/upheaval going on at home; art life and blog posts have been a bit of a mythological prospect.
However, there hasn’t been total radio silence on the artwork front.
Travelling the long and lesser known roads the other day I came across a wayfarer, a vagabond out on a journey of his own; a journey that I have no knowledge of as yet and I didn’t even manage to catch his name but his character was evidently strong and captivating from a simple glance.
This particular character will certainly require further exploration and re-drawing in more detail but for now, here he is –
Unfortunately the scan quality left a lot wanting in the image but I adjusted it as best I could in Photoshop and it serves a purpose for now until I reacquaint myself with this fellow and learn more about him and his story and in turn passing that knowledge forward.
Well now that I’ve got that out of my system we can get into the point of this offering, a preliminary sketch for an oil painting that I’ll be starting at some point in the next fortnight.
Admittedly things have been quiet on the drawing front of late as I’ve just finished up an oil painting that I’ll be publishing over the weekend and I began a journey into the world of the Vikings and started a small scale longship build – [Click Here]
However, in the spare time that I did manage to miraculously find I started working out ideas for another piece for the lore of ‘The Leaves of Hellebore’.