A friend recently asked if I could paint a picture of her daughter. She wanted it as a gift for her daughter's birthday. She's a pretty young woman and I hope the picture does her justice. Mammy was very pleased with the end result.
Here's an update to my Irish Rugby Players series. Distractions and other jobs notwithstanding, I've done the line-work to quite a few by now. I'm itching to getting this stage finished and move onto the painting. It's a task to keep consistent with the line-work weights, but overall I'm happy so far. I don't want to be trapped by seeking perfection. The colouring stage will be quick enough, I've set myself a template to stick by. One or two more decisions will be made at this stage. Here's where I'm at so far...
Another five or six and I'm calling it a day. I don't care that it's not all the current squad. Well, I do a bit, but time constraints mean I can't do everyone. But some of these guys are my favourite players. I'm not forgetting about the ladies team. I'll be picking a few of those to draw also. And because I see them every week in the Premiership, some of the English lads too.
I've started on a new series of portraits. This one focuses on one of my favourite teams...the Irish rugby team. What a collection of players. My aim is to complete a starting 15 or do a portrait of my favourite players. I'm taking nearly the same approach as I've done with other portraits, tweaking what I do though to get a better end result. The style is the same as other work I've done, but I know myself the changes I've made to the process. I like to keep the drawings post-it note small at the start so I don't get obsessed with detail. That and the fact that I usually try get some of the work done on my 15 minute breaks in work. Here's the sketches I've done so far, I won't bother with the names for now. I'll add the line work when they're all done, then get onto painting them.
My dear old Nan passed away at the start of the year. We have a lovely photo of her sitting in the garden and I wanted to paint it for my own Ma. I spent quite a while painting this one, I didn't want to look back on it in a few weeks and see all the imperfections staring me in the face. It was created entirely in Procreate. Usually I'll get some pencil lines down first, but skipped that step this time.
Anyways, here's the finished painting and a couple of details. Clicking them will bring up larger sizes.
We have a cute photo of my kid sister as a baby. I painted up a version for her as a Christmas present. She looks so small in the photo, so I did a version where you can see exactly how chubby her cheeks were! The little dote!
The leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. A small project I'd wanted to get finished for a long time. All the paintings were created on the ipad. I also want to make animated gifs for each of the paintings. I'll get to that soon enough. James Connolly is actually my great great grandfather, I would love to have the chance to have a long talk with him.
Prints of each of the images will be available soon. Watch this space and my Facebook page for details.
Phase 1 is over. I have the paintings completed. I just had to try get one of these gifs done. Here's the first one. Expect at least six more. Eamonn Ceannt. I toyed with making the gifs through apps on the ipad, but the results were not what I wanted. I'll tinker until I'm happy with the result.
I've just finished a portrait of my aunt's kids and their teddy bear. She was happy with it. The kids were happy with it. I'm happy with it. To my knowledge, no one asked the bear.
I'm working on a series of paintings of the leaders of the Easter Rising. All of them have been created on the ipad using Procreate and the Maglus Stylus. I'm keeping track of my own progress with this post. Here's the stages and completed version of one of the images I've finished. Once they're all done, I'm gonna stitch em' all together and create some gif images of them. One thing at a time though...