Posts Tagged ‘watercolour’

A Wave of Productivity

May 24, 2011

It’s funny how I seem to go through little patches of productivity. Days go by without having drawn anything with me knowing all too well that I’ve got shit tons of stuff to do but as soon as I get down to it I feel like I could lock myself indoors for weeks on end untill all my projects are complete.

Anyways that’s how I felt today, I got a lot done towards the book I’m illustrating, made a wee T-shirt design and finished a painting.

Let me share. This is a design I made because I love space and all things spacey so I drew this up with the intention of getting it printed onto bags and t-shirts so other fellow space fans can be proud of their space love.

I also did a lot of work for the book I’ve been yammering on about forever but I’ll explain all that stuff in a separate post once it’s done. I also finished a painting today, although it’s hard for me to tell when I’ve finished a painting I always feel that it’s missing something so I usually leave it for a weeks and then come back to it with a fresh head.

This will (If i still like it) be one of the smaller pieces I’ll be exhibiting at the end of the year along with tons more robot paintings.

As always any feedback is more than welcome, and please be sure to check out my shop as I’m always putting up new stuff!

take care!

nx

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Neil Draws More Bad Comics

May 15, 2011

Hi pals! How’ve you been?

As I said in my last post I’ve been trying to do more comics, mainly to keep myself drawing but also as a diary exercise (I think diaries and sketchbooks and super important btw).

So I guess that’s what most of them are, like diary entries. Most of the time nothing exciting happens but you never know! I’m hoping to build up a collection of them in the future and maybe make a wee book although I’m not really sure if people would read it.

Anyways here’s a couple!

As always I’d like to thank you for visiting my blog and if you get a minute please have look at my etsy shop where I’ve got some stuff for sale :)

take care!
nx

Just Draw

April 21, 2011

I’ve always been a firm believer in sketchbooks. I think it’s vital for any creative to keep paper and writing implements within arms reach at all times. I myself have got sketchbooks of all shapes and sizes in almost all the rooms in my house as well pocket-sized and bag friendly pads.
But having paper around is one thing, having ideas around is another. And I guess I just haven’t been having any ideas lately. I dunno if it’s because of the mental weight of commissioned work or even the stresses of trying to find work but nothings really been poppin in the noggin.
SO this week I’ve just been saying to myself ‘just draw’ just for the fun of drawing, like back in my school days where I’d plaster my jotters with ninja turtles and monsters along with the odd link or sonic. Mainly because I much prefered dreaming away in my own little world than listening to the teacher.

Right I’ll shut up now, here’s a scan of my sketchbook(click it for a larger view). I’m going to try really hard to get one up once or twice a week.

Take care!

nx

My Holiday Diary

April 2, 2011

Hello!

Hope you’re all doing well! I had a lovely wee holiday, it was totally beautiful and just what I needed. Now I’m back feeling super relaxed, inspired and more importantly, more productive.

Anyways, I made a little diary while I was away that I’d like to share with you.

Below are my first few entries, I’ll be getting the rest up in the next few days.



Take care!

nx

I’m Going on Holiday

March 18, 2011

Yeap! I can’t wait, it’s going to be so nice!

So where am I going? Well! I will explain on this here post-it note.

I’m off to Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, It’s pretty much the middle of nowhere. I actually can’t wait to be out there with no phones of computery nonsense, I’ll be doing lots of exploring, maybe some landscape drawing and a bit of fishing.

What I’m most excited about though, is bringing my telescope. As I imagine the light pollution over there will be a lot less than here in Glasgow so I’ll get to see a lot more stars n stuff.

Anyways, Have a great week and I’ll be back soon with some tales of travels!

nx

February 2, 2011

I done an interview with artist Marcia Furman earlier this week, she’s popped it up on her blog if you fancy a look!

I can’t say I’m that good at answering questions but I tried my best so hopefully someone will find it interesting.

nx

Amazing Invention #17

January 28, 2011

 

I am human, I sometimes make mistakes, sometimes I even forget about my tea and by the time I’ve remembered its there its super cold and not very nice.

So I have invented the heated coaster!

I have a feeling this will change lives.

nx

There is Always Inspiration.

January 22, 2011

As I sat yesterday evening scratching my head wondering what to draw I remember something one of my lecturers told me ‘if you’re feeling un-inspired just draw anyway’. I know it’s not the most epic or quote worthy piece of advice but none the less it rings true.

See, I haven’t done much drawing this week, aside from stuff in work and my usual daydream doodles so I felt a strong urge to at least draw something worth looking at. I thought and I thought, and what sprang to mind was something of constant inspiration, something so amazing and entertaining that always makes me want to put pencil to paper, and has done since I was about 4 (I’ve got school reports to prove it). I am of course talking about Zelda! and ‘A Link to the Past’ especially, which I’ve been playing through again. What I drew was all the cool items that aid you in your adventure.

I dunno how Link managed to fit all this in his bag, in fact he’s only got wee pockets, maybe they’re magic pockets. Anyways If you have a snes or a wii (with access to the virtual console) I strongly recommend A link to the Past. It may be 18 years old but its Zelda at its best.

So yea go play it.

nx

Cool Space Facts!

January 14, 2011

It may a surprise to you but I actually have a day job, yes believe it or not my doodles don’t quite cut a living. Anyways what I’m getting at is I work as a teacher in a community arts centre, me being the art teacher, and today I was doing a little class on space (our solar system specifically).

It went really well actually and I actually got quite animated and excited whilst I was doing my little presentation, anyways I’d like to share with you some cool space facts! This was actually one of the handouts from today…

I hope you found it interesting! I personally am a massive space geek and I’m holing out for a new telescope for my birthday (february 17th guys!).

In other news I have some cool new screen printing diplodocus bags in my etsy shop,  they’re only £5 ($8) and look how cool they are!

And everyone knows dinosaurs love to go shopping :)

take care

nx

Dad’s Soup!

January 2, 2011

Hello!

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and a good new year etc!

I thought today, that instead of my usual ‘happy new year here’s a picture blah blah’ I’d provide you with something of actual use.

Today I’d like to share with you one of my favourite things about christmas time, my dad’s winter soup!

It’s an easy peasy recipe, obviously you can add salt and pepper and other bits to taste but here’s the main bit.

I hope it serves you well :)

In other news, I spent a wee while (and all my christmas money) putting together a new workspace, it looks like this…

It’s a lot bigger and spacious than my last space so I’m hoping it’ll help me be more productive and hard working this year.

Oh! before I go I’d just like to let you know that I put a TON of pictures up on my etsy shop today so please have a look if you get a chance!

take care!

nx


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