Isabella Morawetz’s ‘Maelstrom’ was part of my inspiration board on Sunday, but I fell so hard in love with her work that I thought it really deserved its own post. Her work is primarily digital, using Photoshop & a Wacom tablet, but it has such a beautiful painterly quality about it, it’s almost hard to believe.
I came across her ‘Maelstrom’ piece whilst browsing Tumblr, I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad that the person who had posted it had included the source! Does anyone else get as annoyed as I do with Tumblr for that? I swear, there’s nothing worse than seeing something amazing & having no idea where it came from or who made it! The colour palette, textured look & purposely unfinished bottom half reminded me so much of Francis Bacon’s work, being one of my absolute favourite artists it’s no surprise I loved it as much as I do. Whilst her other work is nowhere near as dark as this, and I would say this is my favourite piece, it is all equally as stunning. The attention to detail just blows me away & the mixture of textures, especially the use of the canvas-esque one, create such depth that at first glance you’d assume they were oils.
I used to do a lot of digital painting, but it has been such a long time since I last did any, as over the past few years my work gradually became more illustrative & less realistic. This has really inspired me to have a little play around with a more realistic digital style though, especially now I have my new Wacom. I’ve been meaning to paint more for a while & this way is so much less messy!
I realised a few days ago that I haven’t posted an illustration in quite a while, so I thought it was time I finished off this one that has been sitting here half completed for a few weeks…
I’m really enjoying drawing things influenced by nature & folk tales at the moment, I’ve always been fascinated by both of those things but recently it seems to be spilling over into everything I do. I have also realised that my fashion education has given me a serious aversion to drawing clothes! After having drawn nothing but clothing on models for almost 6 years, I think I’m just totally fed up with it! Plus everything I do just seems so much cleaner & slicker without the extra fuss of clothing, so sorry if you’re bored of these nude/barely clothed illustrations, but I guess there will be quite a few more until I feel like drawing clothes again!
I’m not entirely happy with this piece & it will probably end up being changed around a little before I’m satisfied enough to say it’s done. I’m not really sure what it is, everyone I’ve shown it to has said it looks finished to them, but to me there’s something missing & I can’t quite put my finger on it. This is the main reason it’s been sitting unfinished, it just doesn’t seem like it is. If anything glaringly obvious stands out to you, or you have any (constructive!) criticism, I’d love it if you could leave a comment letting me know! It’s always great to hear from others about your work & especially if it’s something constructive. I often prefer when people tell me they don’t like my work & their reasons behind that, instead of just saying ‘Oh, it’s nice!’ or something similar. So don’t be afraid to say, even if it’s ‘I hate it’ (just let me know why!) …
In : Illustration Also tagged Antlers, Arrows, Bow & Arrow, Deer, FAIIINT, Folk Tale, Girl, Horns, Illustration, Illustrator, Mythology, Nature, Nude, Pencil, Shot, Sketch, Spreared
The image I had in my mind when I started this was totally different to how it ended up, I spent a few days rubbing out & getting annoyed that I couldn’t seem to be able to make it look exactly as I’d pictured. Eventually I just decided to let go & see how it ended up & it turned into this, which I actually think is much nicer than what it originally would have been! I guess it just proves sometimes it’s best to see how things develop & go with the flow, instead of being so stubborn & bloody minded!
In : Illustration Also tagged FAIIINT, Fashion, Girl, Howling, Illustration, Illustrator, Lupus, Moon, Sketch, Werewolf, Wolf
Just a quick sketch of my Nico, this is his guilty face, he pulls this face when he knows he’s been a bad boy in an attempt to look so adorable that I won’t tell him off for it. This time he ran off with one of my socks, and this time the face worked. I am such a sucker for puppy eyes & he knows it!