This was an experiment. I was feeling relatively blocked and unmotivated when, in ceramics class, one of my tutors -- knowing me quite well by now (have I mentioned the amazing tutors we have at my course at Banbury College yet?) -- brandished a paintbrush and a set of watercolour underglaze for ceramics. Seriously? Wow, why hadn't anyone shown me these before? So I played around with them on a tile I'd made of paper clay. I'm not all that happy with the end result but loved the process and am planning on making and painting more, with relish.
I shall have to consider adding some of these to my own private stash of paints. Meanwhile have a fantastic week. Cheers.
This was originally posted up on my new illustration site, so I'm linking to it here: Mariana Black Illustration. I'm trying to find some way of being less repetitive with the blogs, and sharing illustrations over both without getting too annoying about it! I may end up putting different ones here and there and just carry on linking to both with different news on each blog ... let's hope that works!
Meanwhile, here are my latest sketches of elephants and pandas, as research for my children's illustrations. Just getting to know the animals a bit better ...
I'll be spending more time this week on my art and college work and posting all of that up here, so please do pop by soon for a peek. Cheers.
This month I've invited good friend and talented designer Lisa Zainuddin from oxoloco.com to kindly contribute one of her lovely calligraphic pieces for the free printable that's available to subscribers of the monthly newsletter. What do you think of "Flourish & Bloom"? Absolutely delightful, right? Here's a shot of her work in progress ...
Lisa is also collaborating on the children's books with myself and brilliant author Jennifer Poulter, so you'll be hearing more of her as time goes by.
Meanwhile I'm back at college and the workload is pretty intense at the moment. I'll be posting pages from the sketchbooks here as I go along, as well as at the new site for my persona as children's book illustrator Mariana Black! It's all a bit confusing right now but I'm sure I'll get everything sorted out eventually, though some lines may remain blurred forever - I don't quite have a problem with that though.
As always, the monthly illustrated quotes are available as free printables exclusively to the subscribers of the Floating Lemons monthly newsletter. Click HERE to sign up for it.Have a lovely week! Cheers.