Hayroo Brushes – A New Brand & A Brand New Set Of Tools In My Arsenal

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New Art Supplies Are Always Exciting!

I recently got my hands on a new set of brushes from an exciting new start up brand called Hayroo(Click Here For Company Website), I have so far used them to work on two study paintings and I must say I have been impressed with the results.

Whilst I don’t intend to write a formal product review in the conventional sense, I did feel the need to get a blog post written to show my personal views on working with the brushes and the results of doing so.

What’s in the box?

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This 13 Piece Art Brush Set Included A Travel Bag, Paint Knife, Sponge, and Paint Palette!

I really do believe that you get bang for your buck with these brushes; they hold up well under detailed, gentle, soft blending paint work as well as choppy, loose and rough paint slinging. The brushes keep their shape well and have a good flexibility with a generous amount of bristles.

Another sure tell tale sign of a good or bad brush is how they hold up to a good clean up; I have managed to clean each and every brush after each painting session without losing any hair so far and without any splaying, misshapen hairs; and that is more than I can say for a lot of the leading brands that I have used over the past few years.

Resulting Artworks

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The Fallen Tower – Hadleigh Castle – Oil Paint Sketch
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Viking Longship at Sea – Speed Painting – Oil on Canvas – 5″ x 7″

These two paintings are my results so far from using the Hayroo Brushes, the length of the brushes helped me to paint more loosely and expressively than I usually do which gave a nice change of pace.

I’m planning my first proper plein air painting session for some time in the next couple of weeks and I will be using the Hayroo Brushes for that and documenting the process throughout the day, be sure to subscribe to my blog to stay updated!

Overall, I definitely recommend anyone looking for a new set of brushes to check out this exciting new brand and give them a go!

Hayroo Website – https://hayroo.com/

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Hayroo Instagram – @Hayroo_family


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Viking Longship at Sea – Speed Paint Oil Painting Illustration

Sound An Alarm! Vikings Are Coming!

Some of history’s greatest seafarers, an inspiration to all those with an adventurous spirit, or a plundering one for that matter.

I decided to try something new with this small piece; a speed painting.

I really struggle to get a good amount of time in for a half decent painting session, working on one of my more thought out artworks and as a result, most of the time end up not painting at all. With that in mind, I had a couple of hours spare and decided to just go for it and try my hand at a speed painting.

Anyway, here it is –

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Sketchbook I – Vikings

Welcome to a new feature to the blog; the Sketchbook!

This new feature will be my means of documenting my experiments, sketches and studies and posting them on the blog every week or two. There will be a variety of themes for this undertaking and some weeks may contain a vast amount of sketches whilst others may only contain one or two more detailed works.

This will also work hand in hand with my two new goals for this year; to use my sketchbook a lot more and sketch at every possible moment; also, to blog a lot more and get the momentum back with it.

Over the past few months my posting has been a rarity due to work commitments and a general lack of time to complete my larger projects and get them posted; therefore the Sketchbook will give me more opportunities to get things finished and to get blog posts up as they are a lot less time consuming than oil paintings and large drawings.

Without further ado, the theme for this week is Vikings and it will be a recurring one as I am studying Norse life for a future project!

Viking Longhouse Sketch History
Viking Longhouse
Viking Longship Drakkar Sketch
Viking Longship

These first two pieces I actually experimented with timelapse videos for for the first time as well; they can be found on my Instagram, the link for that will be at the bottom of this post.

Viking Longships Drakkar Sketch
Studies for Longships
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Longships at sea, compositional studies
Viking Longships Vikings Drakkar Sketch
Viking Invasion Fleet
Viking Male Norse Man Portrait Sketch
Portrait of a Viking Man
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Floki the Shipbuilder 
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Vikings on the March

This sketch was an experiment in challenging myself; I have become very comfortable depicting single figure compositions and I wanted to try a group of figures; a quick rough sketch but one that bore fruit nonetheless and taught me a lot.

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The Lay of the Land

That’s all for this post but I hope you have enjoyed this new feature and I will soon be posting more so don’t forget to follow/subscribe to the blog to stay updated; the subscription box can be found further down the page.

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Until next time, farewell!

JGlover

The Wandering Years of Ragnar Lothbrok

New Oil Painting!

I’ve been waiting for a while now for this piece to dry enough to get it scanned and published and now at last the time has come!

As a huge fan of the Vikings TV show and all things Norse I knew that I had to begin getting some Norse inspired artwork put together and I have now completed the first piece for the collection of Norse Artwork.

Norse themed artwork will be the sideline to my main IP ‘The Leaves of Hellebore’ so you can expect plenty more of these Viking pieces both historical and mythological as time goes on.

Anyway let’s get straight to the painting –

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Emhar ‘Gokstad’ Build – Part I

I finally managed to take the model from the box, detach the pieces from the sprues and get building. On the bright side of it I am learning a lot about the shape and design of the Viking longship, and a fair bit about model making as well; combing archives and forums every now and then for help.

The downside is the space that a project like this takes up; my study is perfect for painting/drawing but model making has taken up so much valuable space, I have the plans taped up and bits and pieces all over the place, some being painted, some waiting to be glued and others just generally consuming space.

Anyway, let’s get straight to the photographs and the progress so far –

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The Vikings Are Coming!

“This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land, terrifying the people most woefully: these were immense sheets of light rushing through the air, and whirlwinds, and fiery dragons flying across the firmament.”

 – Entry for the year 793 in the Anglo Saxon chronicle.

I have also seen Viking sails on the horizon of late, but unlike the poor monks of Lindisfarne I have not been filled with dread and despair; I have been filled with inspiration and the start of a new project.

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part XXIII

Good Morning!

This morning’s Coffee & Sketch is a continuation of the last one; I have been planning out a new painting of a Viking invasion fleet so all of my sketching work has been aimed towards that goal; drawing and simplifying longships as well as trying to study the ocean and the way waves work in terms of light and shadow.

Without further ado, here is the morning’s sketches –

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