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Crikey how many weeks??

So after weeks and weeks and weeks I’ve finally managed to sit down and have a bit of fun with Procreate… by no means back to my former self yet but thoroughly enjoying the time being creative. 

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Procreate iPad sketches 

So it’s been a very busy month or so this end, my creative outlet has been dwarfed by personal changes and life generally but in between those elements I have managed to play with sketching in procreate which has been brilliant while dealing with a busy schedule. So below I’ve attached all of my recent sketches from the app, I hope you enjoy!!

Symmetrical layout

Symmetrical direction tonight, I’ve been playing with the idea of these wings for ages… I’m guessing I actually put pen to paper around 8 years ago but the idea was for a set of wings not the bird so it’s a nice development. I tried to stick to a neutral pallet with a little flare of red. 

Playing with patterns 

Mobile apps are great, it’s giving me a totally new motivation and is allowing me to be creative when ever I choose. Recently I’ve been sketching some ideas out for a joke between friends, it’s not that funny when explain it to other people, the basics of the humour is prog rock/cycling and dog memes…. memes I’ll probably look back at writing that and cringe, anyway today I took one of the concept ideas and played with it in a repeating pattern and thought I’d share it. 

I’m still sketching

So although I haven’t really posted anything since the end of last month, I have been putting pen to paper or rather stylus to glass. Maybe not as frequently as before, I should start posting some of the sketchs up in the coming days but for now I thought I’d just share this doodle! 

Something totally different 

Occasionally I like to have a play with digital painting in photoshop… I would confidently say I’m pretty rubbish but none the less I enjoy it and I thought I’d share a concept I was playing with a couple of weeks ago. It’s a little bit rough around the edges and I think it’s something I’ll revisit over this year. I’d really like to update my computer and tablet because I think it will ramp up my productivity a little more, hopefully I can look into that at some point. 

Bank holiday doodle

Work and weddings have been consuming my time recently, managed to sit down and play with another sketch over the weekend. Continuing the theme of birds. Aiming to play with a few more ideas this week. 

Portable digital illustration = mind blow

It seems like I’m keeping my own promises and pushing on with my creative restart, I feel like I’ve built a very strong project for the year and I’m already feeling excited about what I’ll produce in that time.
The ability to sketch, doodle and polish my work while on the go has only been possible for me in recent months but I would fully attribute my successful concentration on access to apps such as adobe draw and adobe sketch. I am by nature a traditionalist with an interest in digitisation but this has stream lined my work flow. This latest illustration is based on a sketch from around 5 years ago, maybe more. I love pattern making… I love arts and crafts so I suppose these sketchs revolved around those ideas but are now certainly more focused on constructing a bold image. 

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Beginning of the birds

I’ve spent some time looking back at sketches that never amounted to anything and discovered I have various characterisations of birds. I’ve picked my favourite few and started to rework them.
These illustrations will be more ambitious than my doodles and I hope that as I keep pushing on it becomes more and more visible in each piece.
Feeling good considering I’ve only been back at it for a couple of weeks.

Autumn bird sketch 2012
Autumn bird 2017

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