Tuesday, November 8, 2011

{ growing a flower }


Over the last little while I've had lots of people ask about the process behind my painting/ drawing/ creating.... as it is just that, a bit  of a cobble together of a few different mediums and approaches. So I thought I might share the process with you on of the pieces form the 'treasure' exhibition.  I kind of make it up as I am going, but it generally goes like this.....

Start with something beautiful from real life:


Then start sketching with pencil:


I don't muck around too much though before I start using the pen, as I get impatient and want to know how it's going to look. So I pull out the Copic liners - these are fabulously fine-nibbed pigment ink pens that are waterproof and don't bleed when I later paint over the top. I am a pen nerd and have about 20 of them and basically just love them. For anyone interested, neatest crispest lines you will ever draw! (I know, pen nerd).

So I use these to do much of the shading at this stage until it starts to look more like this...


Then I start to colour it with watercolour, like this:


Then I rehash it again and again, pen then paint, pen then paint, like this:


And finally, it's finished!


Hope you liked. Have a lovely Tuesday. 

Pip x

8 comments:

Natasha @ Northern Light Blog said...

... and it's beautiful! I really got in to using different pens in art school, and hand drew bridalgowns (for my interior design thesis project - a bridal salon). i got so many compliments for the details and between you and me, that was the most fun I had those 6 months of hard work! I must have made thousands of tiny little dots, forming sequin and lace, tulle and fabric. Looking back I probably went totally overboard :)!!!!!

Pip said...

It's so much fun isn't it Natasha! I get so carried away with my pens in particular - a bit embarrassing really, but then I think how lucky I am to just love what I do!

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Hi - just had to introduce myself - I'm a fellow artist - illustrator - etc - I found you through Absolutely Beautiful Things. Your work is fabulous and I am also a pen freak. Do you sell limited edition prints of your work? Do you license your images? You should! Loved the pieces you did for the show and I am also a gold and silver leaf junkie. Everything looks better with a bit of tinsel on it. I look forward to seeing more of your work on your blog. Jackie

Pip said...

Hi Jackie! Thanks for your comment, the print question is a good one but at the moment I am sticking to original works as this way each piece remains unique and a bit more special... But who knows down the line and it's definitely food for thought - there is so much out there! Gold / silver leaf is great fun isn't it. Painstaking but I agree, nothing better than a bit of sparkle. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouragement... I look forward to following you too! Pip x

Katherine said...

Pip, you're an inspiration! Love your work and will scout out those 'Copic' pens to give them a go. :)

x
K

Pip said...

Katherine thank you & yes you must get into the Copic pens you'll never look back! Have just discovered your blogs too now and very glad I have! Look forward to following x

Gild and Grace said...

Hi there pip, was just catching up on your lovely blog and found this post so amazing! I can't draw to save myself so I'm always intrigued by those who can. Such a fabulous talent you have :)

Abbey x

Pip said...

Thanks Abbey that is very kind :) Pip x