Goldfinch and Robin Commission

pen, watercolour

I’ve recently had a couple of watercolour commissions. One was a gift, the Robin, and then the lady liked it so much that she requested a matching goldfinch.

IpadArtChallenge Day 26

Challenges, Digital

In 2020 I realised I am way more of a perfectionist than I thought I was. The solution to that is to churn out as many happy digital birds as possible.

Day 26: A Striking Starling.

I’m posting them over on my Instagram first (@artjmtinsta) so you can follow along there.

IpadArtChallenge Day 20

Challenges, Digital

In 2020 I realised I am way more of a perfectionist than I thought I was. The solution to that is to churn out as many happy digital birds as possible.

Day 20: An Angelic Arctic Tern.

Fun fact about me, I am slightly obsessed with the Northern Lights. His Dark Materials is my favourite book series and seeing the Northern Lights was number one on my bucket list. So here’s an artic scene – let’s imagine it’s Tilda Vasara’s daemon.

I’m posting them over on my Instagram first (@artjmtinsta) so you can follow along there.

Bearded Collie Engagement Party Invite

Drawing, Painting, pen, Step-by-Step

I mentioned before that I’m recently engaged. My partner (fiance? woah) and I are really keen to not get overwhelmed with wedding prep or saving every penny before we’ve properly celebrated with friends and family. We therefore decided, let’s have a party!

I’ve also mentioned that we have a family friend who does a lot of work with Bearded Collie charities. We wanted to invite her but also wanted to make it a bit special, so here’s a quick little invite.

I found a picture on Pinterest to use as a reference and did a quick sketch.

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Once I had a sketch I used gouache to build up some colour in the right shape. Between layers I needed to wait for it to dry. There’s always a risk when relying on colour bleeding but, other than the hat, I think it worked out ok. I know I got a bit impatient before introducing the darkest colours so it’s my own fault really.

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Once I had the basic shapes put in I went back in with some smaller brush strokes.
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And finally I went in with some pens to add teeny details. I’m very aware that that is definitely my safety zone, but I’m kinda glad that I’ve got a go-to option that means I know I can quickly produce some art, however twee.

I think it’s tempting to feel like art always has to be highly thoughtful, detailed and showcasing your skills, but sometimes it’s fun to just do it for the love of doing it and sharing something fun.

Hope you’re all well!