Sunday, 22 October 2017

Halloween Night 3 - Wasp Lady

It's night 3 of the Halloween painting project and I decided to paint a sharp looking Wasp Lady. These insects are terrifying in real life but I just can't deny that they look so darn cool.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Halloween Night 2 - Raven Lady

Hey guys, it’s the second night and because this project is inspired by last night’s Spider Lady, all 12 illustrations from now on will all be original designs. Tonight is a posh Raven Lady.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Halloween Night 1 - Spider Lady

Tonight's the start of my 13 night countdown to Halloween project!

The first painting is from the Harry Potter book called Moste Potente Potions. I fell in love with the illustration of the spider lady and just had to based my Halloween project around her. Here's some information on the spider lady that I found on Harry Potter Wiki:

      "In the book, there is a picture (Figure VII) of a woman
       with a grotesquely large spider on her head, almost worn like
       an ornament. Whether or not this is an effect of a potion is
       unknown. It is possible that it is the side-effect of
       accidentally imbibing a Polyjuice Potion contaminated by
       spider hairs, similar as to when Hermione was partially
       transfigured into a cat when her Polyjuice Potion was
       contaminated with cat hair. "

Check back tomorrow night to see what new lady concoction will be painted.

New Victorian Halloween Project!

Today's the start of my 13 day countdown to Halloween project. For the next 13 nights I'll be posting a new painting inspired by Victorian Halloween at 7PM GMT.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Nostalgic Treat - Liquorice

I have great childhood memories constructing houses out of these Liquorice Allsorts sweets. It was a pleasure to paint them. I'm also a fan of the red liquorice versions they have now.

Monday, 11 September 2017

My Site's Live, Check It Out!

Hey everybody, I'm happy to announce that my website is up and running! Check It Out!
It's main focus will be on creating a portfolio and promoting a cohesive body of work. 
I truly enjoyed working on the animations and putting the overall look of the site together, if you have any thoughts on it, I'd love to hear them.

All my latest paintings and creative projects will still be posted here on my blog, so if you'd like to be current with what's happening on my side of the world, you're all good to go.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Contact Page Animation - Part 2

A couple of months ago I started this little animation, I wanted to create a cute gif for my blog's contact page.   Here's the post about the beginning stages, Contact Page Animation - Work in Progress Part 1. The concept works around the tag,
Sending an e-mail is so much safer, get in touch!

I finally had the time to finish it and put it up under the contact tab. There are a few changes to the initial concept but I like the vignette styled background which complements the overall look.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Nostalgic Treat - Koeksisters

Here's a heavily textured and rustic painting of a traditional South African koeksister which are an all time South African favourite. It's pronounced cook-sister and it's pretty much a braided doughnut that's socked in syrup, usually they are a bit longer in length but they come in these bite sized versions too. I guarantee that despite their sweetness, one just isn't enough.;D If you wish to try your hand at making koeksisters, here's the South African MasterChef recipe.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Nostalgic Treat - Zoo Biscuits

I've been back in Cape Town for a few weeks now and I've been indulging in all my favorite South African foods. One of these nostalgic treats are called Zoo biscuits. I chose to paint the cookie with a springbok design on it because it's South Africa's national animal. At some point in the past the designs became unrecognizable but I'm glad to see that they have since improved and now include more animal designs. 


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Bitter Sweet July

The past 6 months have been a complicated whirlwind of farewells, preparations and teaching because come end of July I'll be saying goodbye to Japan and moving back to Cape Town, South Africa. I've enjoyed teaching English in Japan on the JET programme but after three years, it's time to move on to new goals and an exciting new chapter.

Between all the preparations and teaching this past week, I managed to get my hands on my watercolours again to paint a cup of tea which belongs to one of my favourite teachers. We both love art and I've enjoyed our friendship, sharing interesting teas and treats with each other. It makes a bitter sweet goodbye present.