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Friday, 23 March 2012


Have been re-listening to the Harry Potter audio books, cos reading takes up drawing time and Stephen Fry is awesome. This is Neville Longbottom from the end of the Deathly Hallows, all scarred and post having his head set on fire.


Did some more on Conan for fun

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Portrait of Da

Attempting Da in oils once again, so this is my second ever attempt at oil painting. I learned a lot from the last one. This time there were no wite spirits to be used for anything but cleaning the brushes as the fumes give me a headache no matter how much I ventilate and it just causes problems later on. I did forget like a tool to take process shots this time, so after painting from 2 today until midnight I got this (and no matter how much I kept the lid on the jar of white spirit, another headache)
I'm pretty happy with it so far. His head should be wider but I can live with it. The medium is fun to work with but hard to control sometimes and it can be very unforgiving. I'm trying to keep it soft and maintain the planes of the face, its bloody hard man. Looking forward to finishing it though and seeing how it turns out.

Friday, 9 March 2012

New Stick

Way back in May of last year I posted about some Shilleleghs I got, well can you believe its this long since I got a new one, this time courtesy of my uncle Paul, a carpenter that lives way out in the middle of nowhere.
This beauty is made from Hazel, dried and treated over a year and a half and finished with a piece of deer antler. He dowels the stick and antler uses some type of glue to fix them permanently, he did tell me what it was but I forget, all I can remember is him saying he has ten seconds to get it perfect or the glue will set.
 Its a good tall stick, so perfect for me. I know this isnt my usual post, but I just love sticks...