A little promarker drawing

 

Last week on facebook, one of my artist friends from uni, Niki Ferguson, posted a photo of herself with really colourful hair last week and I felt inspired to do a drawing. After a week of working on a commissioned project, I finally took the time to do this drawing for myself!

Pigma Micron marker 01 maker, promarkers and white gel pen on cartridge paper about 21 x 21 cm.

Niki is currently running a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds so she can go to a big exhibition in London she’s been invited to showcase her artwork at. Have a look at her funding page and feel free to donate if you like her work and want to help :)

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Willow

A fellow artist friend of mine, Freja Friborg, recently had a baby and posted an adorable photo of him on Facebook. I just had to do a drawing. It’s about 30x30cm on cartridge paper with pen and ink, Promarkers, metallic markers and a bit of colour pencil. It’s the first time I’ve had the chance to properly use my Promarkers and I love them!

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Self Portrait

I’m running out of business cards and wanted something new but not too different from my old design (which incorporated a corner of one of my muse drawings that had a bird sitting on Matt’s glasses), so I did a self portrait of me with a paper crane sitting on my glasses since I now do a lot more papercrafts than I did just a year ago. I used Photoshop’s freeform pentool to draw this which is going on my next batch of business cards.
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Zentangle

I’ve been fascinated by the Zentangle method for a while now. It’s a way of doodling patterns which is really quite relaxing and a good way to just sit and doodle. We were on holiday recently and I brought my new Micron pens and some square pieces of card on the plane along with a zentangle book for inspiration. I really love this way of drawing patterns!

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Etchings by Robert Bryden

I was approached by the Townscape Heritage Initiative in Ayr for South Ayrshire Council to do some artwork for their town centre regeneration project. Every year there’s a Doors Open Days event where local buildings that aren’t usually available to visit to the public open their doors so everyone can have a look and a lot of special events are put on and this year they wanted some of the empty shop windows to look a bit more interesting.

Robert Bryden was an Ayrshire based artist famous for his etchings of scenes and characters around Ayr amongst other things and my project was to copy some of his etchings onto the windows of one of the empty shops in the High Street. The windows were painted with a mix of cream paint and water and I then used plastic clay modelling tools (you know the kind that have different ends and edges) to draw freehand on the windows from mirrored print-outs of the original drawings. It took me about a day and four completely worn down tools to realise that splashing a bit of water on the dried paint helped a lot but after that it came along quite quickly.

I got a few visit from the butchers’ across the road who thought it was very fascinating and from the local newspaper as well. On Days Open Days (7-8 Sept 2013) the shop was finished and available to come and see from the outside. It’s still there and will be for a while yet (although they don’t know exactly for how long yet) so if you want to see it, you should go down the town centre of Ayr as soon as you can! It’s in the shop that used to be the Ayr Bed Centre (and from what I’ve heard “The Rangers Shop” and “Burton’s the Taylor’s” before that) next to Watt Brothers.

I’ve added some photos from my work in progress. Hover over them to see the descriptions, click to make them bigger.

The empty shop before I started my etchings. My tools and the copy I worked from. My first window. Close-up of the first window. A view from the inside of the shop. Robert Bryden himself. Coat of Arms from the centre panel of Old Malt Cross. Coat of Arms from the inside of the shop. The final big window, Old Wallace Tower. The doors. The finished shop.

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After my mermaid sketch, my cousin sent me a few more photos of her daughter (she was dressed up as a mermaid, I didn’t just grab the idea out of nothing) so I did this mixed media collage. Digital drawing (printed) with glitter paper, patterned paper, markers, dried leaves, paint, glitter glue and metallic markers on scrapbook paper. It’s about 30x30cm.mersafira_collage_web