Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Nude of the week 20:Start of digital season with an ipad "pen" sketch and e-book cover designs

A quick sketch done on my ipad

This was done on my ipad using the Brushes App.

 More digital work - book covers done with Corel Painter

These are covers for three interesting e-books which I have been working on for the past week or so. They are books written about the first world war by my father in law. He fought and was wounded in the trenches on the Western Front as did the poet Siegfried Sassoon.  You can learn more on the e-books page of our Njeanius blog.  Click here for the e-book page.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Nude of the week 19: Woman with a bowl of fruit

The nudes I have put up so far are all quick poses.  I began this one with very light pencil strokes and then watercolour.  I really like the way her hair emphasises the line from the nape of her neck over her shoulders and down her back.

The watercolour is painted with a big brush, freely, wet on wet, the slate colour shadow under her arms goes its own way.  The strong yellow wall picks out her lighter profile. First I painted her profile and when this was dry, I carefully painted the wall with clear water, then flooded the deep yellow paint on the wall area.  I squeezed the paint brush hairs together to drip the deep yellow onto the clear wet area.  I painted this area with the paper flat on the table.  I really like the effect of watercolour floating on clear water in this way.  The scene reminded me of the Gaugin paintings in Tahiti.  Click here to see them.

PS: There's a new thing up on the Njeanius blog run by my husband Nick and me.  It's Nigel Pascoe reading "This England" by Shakespeare with nice photos of the New Forest.  Click here to see it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nude a week 18: Man on stool, watercolour

Man, watercolour, sitting on a stool resting his elbow on his knee
I like the yellow light on the arms and chest and the head in shadow with the man looking down at the floor.  I like the loose painting which was done very quickly with a big brush.

My ebook cover work

This week I have been working on some ebook covers for books on the first world war by my father in law.  All artwork done digitally. Here is the first one: a biography of Sassoon, more about this next week.