Wednesday, April 16, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 16

Week 16 Book cover
Week 16: Book cover.

For this week's theme, "Book Cover", I finally put a design on paper that has been in my head for decades. I have tried (and also not-yet tried) to commission same from several professional artists I know. You know, "One day, when you're not too busy..." I was willing to pay $$$$ to get someone to create a cover for me, to my exacting specifications, that would be a homage to several genres - and Bob Peak's poster art for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" - and/or might have been great for a website front page, or even a "Best of..." collection of my writing over several decades. "Have Phaser, Will Travel" was the name of a regular column I wrote bimonthly for a science fiction media newsletter (1982-1992), and then the name of my first blog. This Challenge has inspired me to say, instead, in the words of the Little Red Hen, "I'll do it all by myself!" (Who knows, maybe it's an eBook cover for an actual digital collection?)

Watercolours on white acrylic gesso primed canvas sheet, with double-ended, waterproof, black Sharpie outlining, plus titles in Pages. Stars are opaque white Signo pigment ink.

Week 16 Book cover, black and white art

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 15

Week 15 Detail
Week 15: Detail

Meerkat in black Sharpie, coloured with oil pastels, on brown paper satchel.

Week 14 Simplicity II and Detail
Week 14: Simplicity II and Week 15: Detail.

I decided to have another go at "detail", revisiting the saurian aliens of Sirius, from the television phenomenon, "V": the 80s version, not the recent remake. Handpainted lizard scales show through my phony human mask in this "V" selfie:

Week 15 Detail II - V Selfie

This was the trickiest "selfie" ever taken. No prescription lenses, but get everything important in focus: and highlight the cheek, the hand, the hat and chest insignias, and hide the Apple logo on the iPhone!

Week 15 Detail of the detail in Detail II

Update II:
Fish design created on black "scratch paper", which comes in a pack of five sheets (plus tool) for $4.00 from a toy shop.

Week 15 Detail III
Week 15: Detail III - Fish

Thursday, April 03, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 14

Week 14 Simplicity
Week 14: Simplicity

How different is this? Framed very simply, and photographed with my iPhone instead of scanning it. (The scanner seemed to separate out the black shading that I'd so carefully blended into the red!)

I decided to have another go at simplicity!

Week 14 Simplicity II - Meerkat
Week 14 Simplicity: Meerkat in black Sharpie on brown paper satchel

Thursday, March 27, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 13

Week 13 Water
Week 13: Water

It seemed appropriate to do a watercolour for Water Week. This is Duart Castle, on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, traditional home of Clan Maclean, as seen from an approaching ferry from Oban. Painted on white acrylic gesso primed canvas sheet. Castle and boat detail in waterproof black Sharpie.

I decided to have another go at water, making use of some pet rocks from 1981!

Week 13 Water Owl and Pussycat
Week 13 Water: Owl and Pussycat pet rocks

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 12

Week 12 Numbers
Week 12: Numbers

Collage in light card. Numerals cut freehand. I was mulling this over in my head, among other ideas, but I didn't get around to actually creating it until about 9.30pm, just before the start of Week 12. Perhaps I should have played a little more with the negative shapes before gluing down, but I wasn't sure if I was going to do any overlapping. It ended up fairly random.

I decided to have another go at numbers, using the previous week's architecture pic.

Week 12 Numbers II

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 11

Week 11 Architecture
Week 11: Architecture

Watercolours on white acrylic gesso primed canvas sheet, with fine-point, waterproof, black Sharpie outlining, and miniature signage in Word (and further reduced on photocopier). As I was inking in the pencil lines, I decided to do an "architectural caricature" of the building, such as seen in those artistic interpretations in pamphlets, hand-drawn maps and prospectuses.

My third ever serious attempt at watercolour: the Number 96 building, Paddington locale of the hit Australian TV soap opera of the 70s. The actual building, Moncur Flats, is at 83 Moncur Street, Woollahra. I sketched and painted this on Saturday evening, after hearing of the passing of Australian actress Wendy Hughes. First thing I saw her in was Number 96, when she played Lucy Sutcliffe's niece, Vanessa Harrison. She shared a very funny bathtub scene with Arnold Feather. After many wonderful stage and screen adventures, she became one of only a handful of Aussie actors to appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation, as Picard's girlfriend, Nella Daren (below) in Lessons.

Nella Daren
R.I.P. Wendy Hughes