Posts Tagged ‘watercolour’

Fixing the Fresco

August 25, 2012

Hello Everyone hope you’re having a nice Saturday.

I saw this in the news the other day!

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And I laughed HARD. The picture on the left is a 19th century fresco painting of Jesus Christ by Elias Garcia Martinez which is hung in Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza and the picture on the right is the ‘restored’ painting by a local 80-year-old.

Now I’ve got to say it’s pretty obvious the restored painting is a bit of an epic fail but I’ve got it hand it to her, she tried her best and doesn’t deserve all the bad press.

In fact I actually tried to copy the fresco myself and it was very hard.

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Take care.

Neil

Things about space that you probably didn’t need to know

January 13, 2012

Hello!

Hope you are well and having a great new year!

As many of you know I get a little bit excited and giddy when I start blabbing about space, I usually get the space bug periodicity around the winter months when the skies are darker and there’s less daylight hours. Anyways I thought I’d make a few pictures about some of the wee bits I’ve learned so far about space and astronomy.

I hope you find them insightful!

Extra fact! The north star’s real name is ‘Polaris’.

Extra fact! In 5 million years our own sun will become a nebula, I am gutted I won’t be around to see it.

Extra fact! From a distance binary stars just look like normal stars, it’s not until you peer through a telescope you can see that it’s actually 2 stars really close together.

Fascinating!

Well I hope you enjoyed my post, as always any feedback is more than welcome!

Take care!

nx

Ghost Mania!

December 8, 2011

It’s been a very busy week for our wee ghosty pal!

He’s almost sold his first 100 copies, he’s been sent all round the world to exotic new lands and he’s even had his own launch night!

He’s also been getting some snazzy reviews! Let’s have a look at what’s been said so far…

‘A wonderfully fun little tale that never outstays its welcome.’ 

This comes from a fantastic review and interview from itsbloggerintime.com

‘It’s a lovely little thing.’

A short and sweet review from the music blog ayetunes.

 ‘Suitable for just about anyone’

A lovely article on the book from The Deadliness of Leisure blog.

‘Who would you most like to hang out with in a bar in the afterlife?’

See how me and Campbell answered this question over at Last year’s girl’s blog! 

Fascinating! Here’s a couple of photos from the super cool launch night, in this photo you can see people enjoying cake and activity sheets!

 

And in this photo you can see me and my writer pal Campbell doing a live reading/drawing!

Incredible! Remember there’s still time to get your copy before Christmas and the quicker you get in there the more chance you’ll have of getting one of these original drawings included!

Get yours now from my etsy shop!

Wahoo!

nx

 

11.11.11

November 13, 2011

I’m very very sorry I havn’t had much time for you mr.blog but I promise I will get back to you soon and plaster you with the posts you deserve.

I’ve just been very tired.

 

Speak soon.

nx

Birthday Blog Competition Winners!

October 20, 2011

Hello! Hope everyone’s well!

I am excited to announce that I had a great reception from this weeks birthday blog competition and had lots of beautiful entries to choose from.

unfortunately as much as I wanted to I don’t have enough stuff to give away to make everyone a winner BUT because I was so torn in choosing winners I have introduced two 3rd places, and all the runners-up will receive mars bars in the post.

Ok let’s get on to the winners! You want to play this while we do this.

Right in 3rd place is Isaac Lochhead, whom to my understanding is a budding young artist from the Glasgow/Paisley area.

Isaac adds “Happy Birthday Neil Slorance’s Blog!Hope you have a spectacular blogiful time,and you keep up the great drawings!”.

Thank you very much Isaac!(can I call you Ike?) I am extremely fond of this, especially the detail in my moustache and what looks to me like a drunk tortoise, your mars bar and print are on their way!

Also in 3rd place is Erin Kelly, also from the Paisley area.

As you can see Erin’s description is handily inside the picture! It’s clear to see this must’ve took ages to colour in and as some may know I’m a big fan of all things spacey and tortoise related so I could’nt not make Erin a winner.

Well done Erin! Your art and confectionary are on their way to you!

Ok moving on, in 2nd place is Rachael Gillies. Rachael’s entry is actually drawn onto an envelope!

Rachael adds;

Me and my best friend no longer live in the same part of the country so each week I write her a letter and draw her an envelope. Thought I’d send you my favourite one.
a) post is cool and is becoming an endangered species… we’re starting a postal revolution.
b) it’s nice to make your best buddy smile and this is one of the ways I can… a doodle from the heart!
If you’ve never drawn on an envelope before you should try it, it’s a lot of fun. And just think the postyman also gets a lovely surprise on his round. Always good because what if he has just been bitten by next door’s dog or had a Bridget Jones puddle moment.
I couldn’t help but find this entry utterly heart warming and as some of you may know from last years blog birthday, I’m a huge fan of keeping things in writing and using snail mail.
Well done Rachael, the colours are beautiful! Your prizes are on their way.
 Ok guys it’s the big one! brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm(that’s a drum roll btw) In 1rst place is Aldriana Amir!
 
 I have to say this picture just stunned me, it has everything I could ever want in a picture ever. Robots, penguins, a tortoise, a ghost, a Diplodocus, Spider-man AND a huge cake! But it’s not all about content, I really liked the simple approach that was taken as well as the bright and inviting colours and also the expressions and poses of all the characters.
 A very big well done Aldriana! Your prizes are on they’re way, congratulations :)
 Well weren’t they all fantastic? You all deserve a big pat on the back!
 Now then, let’s have a look some of the runners-up, This entry comes from Katy Penman of Girl Industries.
 
Katy adds ‘It’s called Goodnight and while it has little artistic merit, it has a lot of meaning.  When we say goodnight to our baby Amelia at nighttime, we always point out the star stickers on her ceiling and walls and count some of them, and try to look for the moon and planets hiding amongst the stars, and once she’s a little bit bigger, we’re going to start making up stories about the wonderful creatures who live in the stars, too.’
I was a huge fan of the picture’s back story, Katy your Mars bar is en route.
Next is a drawing from Morven McAlister
 
 I very much enjoyed the use of colour here, especially on the rainbow style brush stroke, I also love the use of ‘like a pro’
 Well done Morv!
 Ok last but least is an entry from Campbell Miller.
Thank you for your square pig Campbell.
 Well that’s it for another year! I hope you all enjoyed taking part, a very well done to everyone! It was a total pleasure hosting this competition and I have to say it was super hard choosing the winners.
 Here’s to another year of blogging!
 Take care
 nx

Draw me a picture it’s my (blog) birthday!

October 15, 2011

Hello! Hope everyone is doing well!

This month marks my blogs 2nd birthday, and to celebrate I’d like to run a wee competition. Basically as a thank you to all the people who’ve clicked through the blog, left feedback or encouragement I’d like to give you all a present. But I can’t give you aaaall a present so here’s the deal;

I’d like you to draw me a picture. What kind of picture? Any kind of picture as long as you drew it of course.(Please don’t send me willies or nudey bits).

And once you’ve drawn it email me it with a short description and I’ll get back to you if you’re a winner!

I’ll give out prizes for the top 3 pictures, Let’s have a look at those prizes!

1st Prize

3 x Signed Prints.

1 x Original illustration framed.

1 x Signed print framed.

1 x Dinosaur tote bag.

2nd Prize

1 x Framed original illustration.

2 x Original illustrations.

1 x Signed Print

1 x Original panels for JonbotvsMartha comic.

3rd Prize

1 x Signed print.

1 x Mars bar.

1 x Letter of condolence.

Well that’s all the prizes folks! I’ll be announcing the winners (you’re all winners really) on Wednesday so get drawing!

I’d also just like to say thank you so much for coming to my blog and reading my blabble, when I started it 2 years ago I really didn’t think it would last quite this long.

Take care and get drawing!

nx

Some doodles for today.

August 31, 2011

Hello hi!

I hope you’re all doing well! Im just going to leave a couple of doodles here I hope you don’t mind. They’re not related or anything, just some random bits and bobs I thought I’d pop up for your amusement!




Well that’s it for today, I’ll be back with more next week! In the meantime if you get a minute please check out my etsy shop as I’ve put up some drawings for sale :)

Take care!

nx

See when I said…

July 14, 2011

… that I’d be doing more Zelda pictures, I meant it!

This is one of the more memorable scenes from Ocarina of Time when you leave the kokiri forest for the first time and have a touching goodbye with your childhood friend Saria. I know it’s not really close to the game art because I’ve left out the faces etc but I thought it helped make it look slighty more symbolic, almost timeless like a blurry memory.

In other news I’ve just been busy plodding along with commissions and doing bits towards a book in between them.

Also here’s a sloth playing a banjo!

I’ve also put a couple of new things in my etsy store if anyone fancies a look!

Take care!

nx

More Game Related Stuff (sorry!)

June 26, 2011

I sometimes surprise myself when I can really geek out on something. This week I got a commission to do a painting of Simon Belmont, he’s a vampire killer from the game series Castlevania and he’s a total legend. Anyways here he is in a scene from Castlevania IV.

I tried to keep the style as close to the games art style as possible, after all I always say getting out your box is good (by ‘box’ I mean my usual painting style).
In other news I finally got my hands on a 3ds and got Ocarina of Time with it… so expect a lot more of this :P

Take care!

nx

I’m Famous

June 3, 2011

I’m not actually famous, I just got a bit excited there but give me a minute and I’ll tell you why!

So I’m really into Game of Thrones, it’s a fantasy TV series that’s just started up and it’s pure good. In fact it’s so good I even drew a little picture of Ned Stark (one of the main guys) just cos!

So after I drew it I thought I’d send it into their catch up show ‘Thronecast’ Just for a laugh and waddaya know! They put it on the show and as I was watching it I just about wet myself!

If you’d to see it it’s here and my picture comes in about 5:40 on episode 7.

That’s all!

nx


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