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Also inspired by this stock image.
I should really make this into a little ‘inspired by Youtubers I like’ art series just because.
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Two mixed media ink pieces inspired by Cora aka vintageortacky on Youtube. She’s great to draw and has such an interesting style- go check out her videos if you haven’t already.
The first piece is purely pen and ink on textured paper, the second is ink and watercolour with a digital background and frame to complete the piece.
Hopefully I’ve done the original costumes justice with these illustrations.
This is the next artwork in my Gotye Project.
In this piece I wanted to represent two figures- one lonely and missing the other, filled with thoughts about what they are doing, where they are and the uncertainty that goes along with it. The other falling through these thoughts and fading to a vague recollection.
The grey, blue and black hues symbolise these feelings- the colours are darker further away from the figure representing darker thoughts looming. The figure is also slowly being consumed by darker thoughts of the self at the same time.
The other figure exists within the thoughts but is white, vague and also fading into the surrounding thoughts.
You’ve been gone so long you’re fading
And it takes all the time I
can find just retaining
Thoughts of things we did
while you were here
But I know you will return my dear
Link to the song and official video on Youtube.
Main figure reference is from the amazing SenshiStock
(I did upload this a few minutes ago but saw something on the piece that needed changing so I altered it slightly and re-scanned it)
Previous pieces in the project:
I started the next piece my Gotye Project, here you can see it in various stages and layers. Hopefully I should finish this by the end of the week, a few more layers of ink and paint will bring the whole thing together. You can still see some of the rough sketch/planning lines underneath the ink.
I wish I had started this on thicker paper due to amount of ink I’ve added, however I like how it’s turning out so I’m not going to start over again now.
Other pieces in the project:
Actually managed to upload my entry for BlackBerry and Neil Gaiman’s Calendar of Tales, mainly because I had it in my head that the submission date was 15th May for some reason.
So I wanted to make something simple that I could create, scan and submit in the same day. I chose the December Tale to illustrate and I actually had the idea in my head for about a couple of months but never found the time to plan it out and do some test images like i would usually. I am glad that I found this stock from SenshiStock as reference, (I have a feeling that I will be using a lot of their stock as reference for the odd occasion I use figures in my work.)
I’m glad I managed to keep my usual inky aesthetic, only this time I had apply some heat to dry the ink between layers rather than having the time to wait for it to dry on its own.
****I actually finished and posted about this on Tumblr at the end of January, but only just realised I hadn’t posted it on here for some reason.****
Hearts A Mess, ink, pen, black thread, cardboard, on paper, 26 x19 cm
The majority of inspiration for the piece came from the first few lines and the title of the song itself.
Pick apart the pieces of your heart
And let me peer inside.
I wanted to show a heart (anatomical, obviously) pulled/ picked apart on the paper. The heart is drawn with an fine-line ink pen and white acrylic ink. The image that I used as reference is from The Graphics Fairy -a great resource for out of copyright and vintage imagery. The thread, keeping the pieces of the heart together, I wanted to be reminiscent of muscles/ strands/ seams that would be pulled to the limit. The viewer can also ‘peer’ in between the gaps created by the crossed threads to the base ink below.
I kept a red and blue theme (keeping in tie with the medial illustration idea) with the ink. As I was using water to transport the ink around the paper, they mixed together and created a deep red, almost purple colour that I liked. I broke up some of the colour with white ink, for aesthetic composition but also so more of the black thread could been seen when placed over the top.
I have a few of the cardboard frames used in this image, I thought this would be great to represent a ‘frame of mind’ (a little literal, but I like it). I drew out a figure silhouette with reference to a stock pose from SenshiStock (another great resource for poses and reference imagery). I felt that keeping the figure ambiguous fit in well with the overall aesthetic and intention of the artwork. I originally thought about using two figures in the piece but after some test sketches I felt that it would create superflous narrative. I continued using the thread as a connector and wrapped it around the figure, connecting it to both the ‘mind’ and the heart but also showing that they both confine the figure at the same time.
Link to the song (and official video) on Youtube.
Next Song is Coming Back which has a lot more narrative than the ones before it, it may take a bit more planning than the others so far.
*This has been posted on Tumblr for a while now but I decided to also share it on here too.*
First artwork from my Gotye project outline in this post.
Christmas was probably the wrong time to start this hah, but I finally managed to find some time to make some work.
This is inspired by the song Like Drawing Blood from the same named album by Gotye. I mainly took cues from the phrase ‘like drawing blood from a stone’ since I needed more context to go along with the title of the song and the sounds contained within it.
Like Drawing Blood, ink, dry pastel on paper, 32 x 25 cm
Next on to The Only Way.