Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Steampunk military mobile field gun - Digital illustration

Steampunk military mobile field gun - Digital illustration

military steampunk field gun illustration

This military piece of hardware was first developed in 1901. The field gun is s team powered and runs on a caterpillar tracks via via an off-centre very eccentric loopy drive. It is shown with Field marshmallow general P.T. Gallows who died shortly after because his cuff was caught in the rammer while on test.

This illustration was created in Sketchbook pro during May 2021. It can be seen in greater detail on this link.


Friday, 26 November 2021

Princess in castle with happy birds - WIP stages

Princess in castle with happy birds - WIP stages

princess WIP illustration

A flock of happy birds are playing with a yellow dressed princess in her castle.
This digital illustration was created during mid May 2021 and the picture above demonstrates three stages of the creation of it. In the first panel can be seen the drawing. This was done using Sketchbook pro software running on a tablet with the image being 1200px along the longest edge. The second panel now shows the same drawing painted, with basic colours and tonal qualities indicated using basic brushes. After this stage the file is exported to a desktop W10 computer running the same software. The artwork is enlarged up to 6000px on the longest edge and then it is re-painted in a more refined manor  so that a high quality, printable illustration can be reproduced, with the final panel showing the finished princess illustration. It can be seen in better detail on this link

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Cows resting at Boltons Bench Lyndhurst New Forest - WIP stages

Cows resting at Boltons Bench Lyndhurst New Forest - WIP stages

painting stages of Boultons bench landscape art

Created in July 2021, this oil painting shows a view of Boltons Bench, an area just outside the small town of Lyndhurst, situated in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK. The picture above shows four stages of the paintings creation. Starting with the first panel, the elements of the composition that make up the scene have been drawn in brown acrylic on a brown wash. In the second panel, diluted oil paint has been applied to give an indication of colours and tonal information. Its applied thinly, using a medium like paint thinner or similar, and because its thin the paint dries quickly over a few days. Moving on to the third panel the final layers have partly been applied. Here the paint is much thicker and is the correct colour and tone is used over the thinly painted layer. Finally as seen in the last panel the painting, sized at 20” x 16” and done on mounting board is finished.
The artwork can be seen in better clarity on this link.

Friday, 19 November 2021

Plein air painting 23

 Plein air painting 23

town quay Southampton harbour house oil painting M P Davey

Harbour House is a Grade II-listed building in the Quay area of Southampton City. It was built in 1925 and housed the harbourmaster’s office for the port of Southampton until the post was finally abolished in the late 1960s. It has over the years been used as casino and nightclub but has been empty since 2015. The painting was done one sunny early morning in June 2021. It is painted in oils on mounting board, sized at 11.5" x 9.52. 
The year before I painted this scene which is the direct opposite to the view I painted here.
painting set up for the town quay building M P Davey


Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Princess in castle with happy birds - digital illustration

Princess in castle with happy birds - digital illustration

princess with birds in castle fantasy art

In this fairy-tale like illustration, a princess wearing a long yellow dress is seen happily interacting with friendly white birds through a window open in a castle corridor.
Painted in May 2021 using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' software, initially on a tablet and then exported to a W10 desktop computer. The finished result can be seen via this external link

Sunday, 31 October 2021

closeup working progress 21

closeup working progress 21

WIP military man on tank illustration

A small snippet of a military based illustration...

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Painting faces exercise 05 Zorn palette

 Painting faces exercise 05 Zorn palette

Zorn head painting exercise by M P Davey
A selection of faces painted in oils using the limited Zorn palette, one that consists of 4 colours; yellow ochre, ivory black, Cadmium red and titanium white, discovered by the Victorian artist Anders Zorn. Phots plucked off the internet were used for reference. Each one measures around 10” x 12”, and are painted on cardboard from a supermarket.