Thursday, 24 September 2020

Plein air painting 04

 Plein air painting 04

old boat painting sat on trailer

Painted in early September 2020 this boat undergoing restoration was pictured on a trailer after some rain. It the same boat yard that the tractor in the previous 'plien air' post No3, is to be found. Oil on board 12" x 9".

 

New Forest Highland Bulls at crossing - oil painting

New Forest Highland Bulls at crossing - oil painting

two bull in New Forest scene artwork M P Davey
Completed painting of the two bulls

This scene features two Highland bulls enjoying the sunshine in the countryside. The location is just outside the town of Brockenhurst where a footpath meets Rhinefield Road. This is within the area of the very large New Forest, which can be found in the County of Hampshire on the south coast of the UK. The painting was done during July 2020 and is done in oils on mounting board, sized at 35.5cm x 20cm.

The artwork can be examined in better clarity on this external site.

 

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Plein air painting 03

 Plein air painting 03

tractor at boat yard painting
Tractor oil painting sketch

A Massey Ferguson tractor is shown in this plein air painting created late August 2020. It was parked in a boat yard along the river Itchen, in Southampton. It has no licence plate and spends its life going up and down the yard. The artwork is done in oils on a piece of mounting board sized at 12" x 9".


 

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Working on closeup 77

Working on closeup 77

painting an eye M P Davey
A small snippet of a figurative painting...

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Plein air painting 02

Plein air painting 02

Southampton graveyard headstone art
Southampton old cemetery headstone pair

12" x 9" oil sketch of a pair of headstones with path, done on a Sunday afternoon in August. The cemetery itself is a large Victorian one, now largely unused and mostly overgrown.


 

 

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Mayflower digital rough compared to the final oil painting

 

Mayflower digital rough compared to the final oil painting

M P Davey mayflower concept art to final oil painting
Comparing the digital rough art to the final oil painting

I often use digital tools during the creation of my artwork. The amount can vary. For a full digital illustration it follows that the entire art will be created using computer technology, right from the blank canvas, through to the drawing and then the finished work. For original oil paintings created using traditional materials the subject may actually be worked out on a computer too. For instance the original photo reference of a scene may be imported in to photoshop and resized to a canvas (size/ proportions) to find the desired composition. Then elements may be altered within the scene like removing/ adding people, telegraph poles or different skies.

Sometimes a traditional painting may feature a subject that does not exist and so it has to be drawn up from scratch. Such was the case for this painting of the 'Mayflower' ship during rough seas in the North Atlantic, set during 1620. I did quite a lot of research in to what the ship looked like as apparently no-one actually knows. This means that the full size replicas built are based on typical ship building concepts of the time, so they are pretty accurate in general terms. Paintings of the scene produced during the past four centuries again show similar designs but the fine details vary between artists.

To produce my version of events I drew the ship on a computer (sketchbook pro) and then painted it digitally within the same programme as seen in the picture panel. This gave me the opportunity to find what colours to aim for and what type of atmosphere to try to get within the image. It took a few days to find a visual solution which would give something to aim for when I came to create the finished item, though it would be expected that the oil painting would not be a direct copy of the digital 'rough'. This is mainly to do with the way 'real' oil paint works when compared to the electronic equivalent, in the subtle ways colours are blended and certain brush strokes are emphasised, and just my own hand movements across the canvas. It should be noted that the physical painting is far, far larger than the equivitent digital image if printed out, so it should be noted that the picture above does not demonstrate that. Certainly working a painting out digitally beforehand works wells and creates a more direct approach.

The finished oil painting can be seen in detail on this link.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Plein air painting 01

Plein air painting 01

oil sketch of boat M P Davey
boat in yard on stilts

Painted in August on a Sunday morning, this small oil painting (12" x 9") shows a boat on stilts undergoing maintenance. The location is a small yard called Shamrock Quay in Southampton. It took about 80mins and is done on primed mounting board.


 

Friday, 28 August 2020

Working on closeup 78

Working on closeup 78

artwork of bulls WIP
A small snippet of a cow based painting...

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Voyage of the Mayflower in rough seas - WIP stages

Voyage of the Mayflower in rough seas - WIP stages

mayflower in storm painting WIP Davey
Four stages of the oil painting in progress

During September through to October 2019 this painting of the Mayflower, on its voyage to the new world in 1620, was created. It is an oil painting done on a canvas support sized at 24” x 36”.

The panel shows four stages of the painting. In the first section can be seen the canvas covered with a brown acrylic base, on top of which the drawing of the scene has been down with a darker acrylic line. White acrylic paint has been applied to show tonally lighter areas in the composition. Moving to the second panel a diluted oil paint layer has now been applied. These colours are applied thinly and give an indication of colour placement and tone relevant to each other, even though overall the picture looks (deliberately) dark. This acts as an underpainting so that when a new layer is applied, using thicker paint, the underpainting acts as a good support. The 3rd panel shows some 'proper' painting applied with details,with the last panel showing the finished painting. It should be pointed out that after the painting layer has been applied, and once dry, a 'glaze' layer is sometimes added in this case. This is like a semi transparent wash of colour (mixed with clear oil) applied over elements in the painting to emphasize colour qualities, for example adding hints of green to the blue water to give added depth.

The painting can be seen in greater detail on this link.

Friday, 21 August 2020

Voyage of the Mayflower in rough seas - oil painting

Voyage of the Mayflower in rough seas - oil painting

mayflower ship in rough seas oil painting M P Davey

The voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 is depicted in this oil painting. It is seen in stormy weather in the North Atlantic on its way to the New World, after leaving Plymouth with Pilgrims from Holland and England. It is a small cargo ship, about 100ft long and it would have been a rough journey for the passengers as it was not built for people. It was also quite cramped as the original plan was for a second ship, Speedwell, to have also undertook the journey but it was found that it was to be unseaworthy at Plymouth, so the Mayflower had to take the extra load. The journey took approximately 2 months.

The painting is created in oils on a 24” x 36” canvas during September/ October 2019. As no one actually knows what the ship looked like various pieces of reference were cobbled together to create the most version of the design. Composition wise the image was at first designed on a computer art program where the initial drawing was envisaged and then painted digitally to find a good combination of colours. Once a suitable solution had been found it was then redrawn on a canvas and painted in the traditional manner. It was intended for the painting to be displayed as part of the celebrations held for the event at the Southampton City gallery but the COVID19 pandemic meant that the exhibition did not take place as planned and was substituted by an online one.

The artwork can be view in close up by going to this site. XXXX

Monday, 17 August 2020

Working on closeup 79

 Working on closeup 79

brush paint lips on face WIP art
A small snippet of a Mayflower 400 painting

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Ship and ice creams at Mayflower Park Southampton - WIP stages

Ship and ice creams at Mayflower Park Southampton - WIP stages

WIP ship at mayflower park Davey
WIP stages of ship docked at Southampton oil painting

A marine based oil painting created during spring 2020. The subject is Mayflower park, a public area in the city of Southampton where the public are able to view ships using the port. While the public buy refreshments from the ice cream van, a cruse ship is in dock preparing for its next voyage.

The panel above, split in to four sections shows different stages of the creation of this artwork. In the first one the scene has been drawn using brown acrylic paint on a light wash. On top of this lighter, tonal areas have been indicated in white, such as the sky. Following on the first layer of oil paint is applied quite lightly, and diluted with a thinner type solution. The colours applied are typically slightly darker, as this is the underpainting, but it gives a good indication of relative tonal and colour variations in the painting. One this level is dry then the final application of paint can be applied. This time the paint will be thicker and to true colour valuations. In addition the painting is a lot tighter on this pass with fine details painted in, as seen in the third panel. The last panel shows the completed painting. The work can be seen in better detail by following this link..

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Ship and ice creams at Mayflower Park Southampton - oil painting

Ship and ice creams at Mayflower Park Southampton - oil painting
southampton docks mayflower park oil painting
Finished art of the ship docked at Mayflower Park

Mayflower Park, in the city of Southampton is the subject of this painting, completed during early spring 2020. The park is on the waterside and it is here that the public and easily view cruse ships and other ships using and docking at the port. The ship shown is a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line. She is named 'Independence of the Seas'. The landscape painting is based on a photograph taken during summer 2012. A popular attraction at the park is the 'Mr Whippy' ice cream van, a very colourful sight compared to the drab colours of the cruise ship. This Hampshire based marine painting is painted in oils on a section of mounting board, sized at 20” x 16”. Details of the painting can be seen on this link.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Working on closeup 76

Working on closeup 76

ship mayflower marine art
A small snippet of a historical marine based subject...

Friday, 17 July 2020

Steampunk escape from attack of Big Ben foe - WIP stages

Steampunk escape from attack of Big Ben foe - WIP stages
Creation of the Edwardian couple in WIP stages digital illustration
This digital illustration was completed during June 2020. Shown above are four stages demonstrating the completion of the artwork, beginning with the initial drawing, created on a Samsung tablet. The software was 'Sketchbook pro' and relies on a pressure sensitive pen, as supplied on the tablet.

Once the drawing has reached a satisfactory start, some rough colour ideas are then painted in using the same software as seen in the second, upper right panel. After this stage the time has come to do the artwork ' correctly' as it needs to be far larger than the tablet can cope with and more finely detailed. So the file, as PSD layers, is exported in to a windows desktop machine also running Sketchbook pro, the file enlarged considerably and the image painted over to a higher degree, as shown in the 3rd panel.

In the 4th panel can be seen the final image, where there are subtle changes to the composition and some of the elements, like the woman's face and other details. The whole image can be seen in detail on this link.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Working on closeup 75

Working on closeup 75

painting ship in dock M P Davey
A small snippet of a cruise ship at port based painting...

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Steampunk escape from attack of Big Ben foe - digital illustration

Steampunk escape from attack of Big Ben foe - digital illustration
Edwardian steampunk escape adventure
digital art of steam punk Edwardian couple escape.

An Edwardian couple have been performing as a small army defeating a foe that was about to cause destruction in London. They are leaving the scene on a flying machine, recently built by the ex serviceman while the passenger is pleased with her good shots at disarming the enemy, which is now lost it's footing on the clock tower of Westminster Palace (also known as Big Ben) and about to self destruct.

Created in June 2020 this digital illustration was produced in 'Sketchbook Pro' with final work done in photoshop. It can be seen in greater detail here.

Friday, 19 June 2020

closeup working progress 11

closeup working progress 11
steam punk couple escape WIP
A small snippet of a stream punk Edwardian couple in an action scene...

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Lady gothic vampire with pet during apocalypse - WIP stages

Lady gothic vampire with pet during apocalypse - WIP stages

M P Davey monster pet with lady vampire illustration
WIP stages of the horror illustration
This dark fantasy vampire illustration was created during early spring 2020. It is digitally painted using 'SketchBook Pro' running on a Samsung tablet. This enables me to sketch out ideas quickly at a fairly low definition and work up a concept sketch. The first image shows the drawing as done on the tablet followed by the same drawing worked up in colour, again on the tablet. Once I am happy with the way it is progressing the file, which is stored as a 'layered' PSD file is then exported in to a W10 desktop computer running the same programme ( with extra functionality on the PC). The file size pixel dimensions are enlarged to 6000 x 4500px to provide a sharp illustration for output, if printed and in any case a detail picture will be the result, unlike if the image was kept at the original tablet image specifications. The final image shows the finished illustration, where the rough image has been repainted with finer details. Also it can be noted that more things have been added in to the composition, as in more creatures for example.
This image can be seen in greater detail on this external site.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Lady gothic vampire with pet during apocalypse - digital illustration

Lady gothic vampire with pet during apocalypse - digital illustration

Digital illustration of vampire with pet artwork

After an apocalyptic event of some sort a different world is now offered. In a ruined church a tall, attractive female gothic vampire, dressed in black attire is having a stroll with her pet creature. It is on the end of a chain but happily resting while its mistress surveys the scene of devastation while enjoying the shade on her umbrella. The pair are not alone as in this strange world, with its dominant red, cloudy sky and barren landscape. There are a number of flying creatures in the air and other, land based ones are scurrying around the building ruins.
This illustration is painted digitally. It is initially painted on a tablet using 'Sketchbook Pro'. When it has been developed to a point the file is then exported to a larger computer where the image is enlarged are repainted to a much finer standard. It measures 6000 x 4500px and was done in early spring 2020.
The gothic horror illustration can be seen in better detail on this link.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Working on closeup 74

Working on closeup 74

artist at work creating landscape art Martin Davey
A small snippet of a Southampton park landscape painting...

Thursday, 7 May 2020

closeup working progress 10

closeup working progress 10

painting horror hell dog close up artist
A small snippet of a gothic horror illustration....

Sunday, 3 May 2020

St Paul's Cathedral London in early Autumn - WIP stages

St Paul's Cathedral London in early Autumn - WIP stages

artist landscape london landmark in stages Davey
Stages of the oil painting of St Pauls, in central London
St Paul's cathedral, situated in central London is the famous subject of this painting, created during late 2019 and early 2020. The building is seen from Cannon Street, with various buses using the road. The panel above shows three stages of the painting in progress. In the first panel can be seen the drawing of the scene, done in dark brown acrylic paint on a brown ground or 'wash'. Tonally bright areas, such as the sky, have been painted in white acrylic paint. The idea at this stage is to suggest the underlying forms in the painting and how the tones will work throughout the image. Moving on the second panel shows a half way stage where colours have been added using diluted oil paint. This is the under-painting, and the colours are there to give an indication of the placement of the paint and there tonal range. The final panel now shows the finished painting. Here the paint has been applied over the previous paint in a thicker, but more careful manner. At the same time details are painted in. The artwork of this London scene can be seen in greater detail by following this link.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Southampton Common view towards Hill Lane - oil painting

Southampton Common view towards Hill Lane - oil painting

Southampton common in autumn art Martin Davey
Completed painting of strollers at Southampton Common art
 A late summers scene at Southampton Common is the subject of this oil painting, sized at 20” x 16” and painted on canvas. The view is looking west with the busy Hill Lane running across the picture hidden behind the trees in the distance, the painting showing the west entrance/ exit for the common. The 'Bellemoor' pub is just beyond the entrance as is the residential area of Shirley. Some trees have started to shed their leaves and the early evening shadows are quite long at this time of year. This painting was partly done in public during a publicity event at the Marlands Shopping centre, Southampton during late January/ early February 2020, where the public were encouraged to ask questions about the artwork as it was worked upon.The painting can be seen in greater detail on this link.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

St Paul's Cathedral London in early Autumn - oil painting

St Paul's Cathedral London in early Autumn - oil painting

Martin Davey artwork of St Pauls London
Completed oil painting of St Pauls cathedral, London.

The world famous landmark of St Paul's cathedral, London, is the subject of this oil painting, created in late December 2019 and finished off a few days in to the New Year. The building is shown in early autumn light from a south easterly aspect. The main road populated by mainly buses, including one of the famous new Routemaster buses ( Boris Bus) is Cannon Street. The building itself has hosted various important public events and is a big landmark in the city. It was the tallest building until 1967. Its designer was Sir Christopher Wren, who also built a number of London's famous churches surrounding the area. Work was started not long after the fist St Paul's was destroyed in the great fire of London in 1666, and was opened for use in 1711.

The artwork is painted in oils on acid free mounting board, as is sized at 33” x 23”. It can be seen in greater detail on this link.

Monday, 13 April 2020

Working on closeup 73

Working on closeup 73

painting WIP outdoor scene
A small snippet of a park based painting...

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Southampton old cemetery looking west early autumn - oil painting

Southampton old cemetery looking west early autumn - oil painting

M P Davey Hampshire graveyard oil art
Landscape painting of a westerly view of the Cemetery.
Southampton's 'old' cemetery is approximately 27 acres in size and was opened during the 1840s in the town of Southampton, on the southern coast of the UK. Now in the 21st century it sees very little use due to a lack of space. Some parts have been reclaimed by nature which adds an additional level of beauty and interest with views of headstones covered in ivy and bramble. This painting show a view over the cemetery looking west, with Hill Lane running parallel behind the viewer. It is painted on canvas sized at 30” x 20”, and completed during December 2019 over a couple on months due to other projects. This graveyard oil painting can be seen in better detail by following this link.

Friday, 3 April 2020

A young Dinosaur fan!

A young Dinosaur fan!

An elementary student from Omaha recreated a scene based on one of my Dinosaur illustrations, which in turn is based on a famous Manet painting. The student is named Avry Hermandson and is a pupil at the Nelson Mandela Elementary School. The class project was to recreate a scene from a famous painting and Avry whose fanatical about dinosaurs, found my illustration online. As well as dinosaur friends, a fruit picnic and drawings of trees can be found in his mock up!

young american student infuenced by my Manet dinosaur illustration
My illustration, and the photo of Avry by his teacher.


Monday, 30 March 2020

Southampton Common view towards Hill Lane - WIP stages

Southampton Common view towards Hill Lane - WIP stages

oil painting stages of Southampton park artwork Davey
Stages of the painting featuring a part of Southampton Common.
This outdoor scene shows a view within Southampton Common, within the city of Southampton, UK. It is a sunny day in the autumn with long shadows being cast by the trees and over the path of one the main routes through the common. Locals are seen to be taking an afternoon stroll through it.

The picture below shows four stages in the development of the oil painting, created in late January 2020 and in view of the public at an art event held locally.

In the first panel can be seen the subject drawn on to a canvas with a light brown acrylic wash. The drawing is done in brown acrylic and high value tones painted in white paint. The second panel shows areas of colour added in using diluted oil paint, so that it is thinly applied. This is the 'under-painting' and in which the colour tends to be on the dark side with little detail. Once this layer is dry, (usually a few days) then the final application of paint is painted on. At this stage the paint is thicker and true to the intended colour value. Also details are now painted in as seen in the third panel. The final panel displays the finished landscape painting, which is on canvas sized at 20” x 16”. The artwork can be seen in better clarity by following this link.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Southampton old cemetery looking west early autumn -WIP stages

Southampton old cemetery looking west early autumn -WIP stages

landscape cemetery oil painting M P Davey
Stages of creating this westerly viw of the graveyard at Southampton
Completed in December 2019 this landscape painting depicts a westerly view of Southampton city's 'old' cemetery, situated near to the common. It is painted in oils on a canvas measuring 30” x 20”. The image above shows four stages in the development of the painting. In the first panel can be seen the drawing of the scene in brown acrylic paint on a wash of lighter brown paint. Brighter areas of the scene have been indicated with areas painted in white, such as the sky. Moving on to the second panel it can be seen that colour oil paint has been applied thinly to the painting, basically blocking in the darker tones in the landscape. This is the underpainting, and acts as a guide to the next layer, which is in the third panel. Here the paint is applied more thickly and with the correct hues and values Also elements are painted in detail, but some of the underpainting remains and shows through on purpose. After the paint has all been applied it is left to dry., after which a 'glaze' is added on top. The glaze is like a hint of coloured paint held in a transparent medium, a bit like coloured stained glass, which gives the colours an extra dimension. The final panel shows the completed painting which can be seen on this link.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Working on closeup 72

 Working on closeup 72

A small snippet of a famous building in London oil painting...

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Terrier Tank railway locomotive at Havant Station - WIP stages

Terrier Tank railway locomotive at Havant Station - WIP stages

oil painting stages railroad tank engine Martin davey
Stages of painting the railway locomotive at rest
This railway themed painting was produced during November 2019, and is based on a poor quality photograph taken during 1957 at Havant station, UK. The photo above shows work in progress over four panels. In the first can be seen the initial drawing done in brown acrylic paint on top of a brown wash. As the painting referred to an old blurry and contrasty photograph, a lot of research had to be done to actually see what the everything actually looked like in terms of detail, as it was hidden in the shadows or difficult to make out. Not just the locomotive but the buildings and cars. Also the original picture had two men crewing the locomotive, but these were reposed by a friend and redrawn in to the scene. Once the scene was nailed down the first application of thinned oil paint is made in the form of underpainting, which gives a indication of areas of colour using darker tones/ hues. In the third panel thicker paint has been applied over the underpainting which is more in keeping with the final intended tone/ colour. The final panel shows the completed oil painting which also had an addition layer of 'glaze' or transparent paint applied to enhance colour/ contrast within the scene. This railway scene can be looked at in detail by following this link.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Terrier Tank railway locomotive at Havant Station - oil painting

Terrier Tank railway locomotive at Havant Station - oil painting

transport railroad terrier locomotive at water tower Martin Davey
Painting of a 'Terrier' locomotive taking on water at Havant.
This railway themed oil painting shows a small tank locomotive (called because of the water tanks mounted each side of the boiler) at a station. The engine is being topped up in the station bay in the English town of Havant, on the south coast. The locomotive crew consisting of the driver and fireman are to be seen preforming checks before departing for another service, and refilling the water tanks. Based on an old blurry and contrasty photograph taken in 1957, some research was made in to the engine (a 'Terrier numbered 32661) and the surroundings, including the cars. In addition the figures were reposed and then redrawn, but based on the ones in the picture. The locomotive itself is a LBSCR/ SR class A 0-6-0T, commonly known as a 'Terrier'. These small but very popular locomotives were built during the 1870s, and have a very elegant design. Many were still in service in to the 1960s, and a number can be found still running on preserved railways.

Painted using oils in November 2019, on mounting board sized at 33” x 23” approx. The artwork can be seen in greater detail on this link.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Working on closeup 71

Working on closeup 71

old cemetery artwork WIP Martin Davey
 A small snippet of a local graveyard themed painting...

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Lady with curly red hair in beach setting - WIP stages

Lady with curly red hair in beach setting - WIP stages

stages of Julie Diaz figure artwork
WIP stages of the figure in progress.
Painted during Autumn 2019 this oil painting, sized at 33” x 23”, features a woman with a deep interest in spirituality and other mysterious aspects of life. She was painted against a made up sea background to reflect her Aquarius astrological star sign, the original photo being taken in a car park! The first panel shows a drawing, done in brown acrylic paint on a lighter brown wash. Suggestions of tones and highlights have been added, again in acrylic. In the middle panel a rough underpainting has been applied in oils, which provides a base to the final intended colours. These under-painted layers are thinly applied, using an artists paint thinner or similar medium. In the final panel we see the completed painting with thicker paint applied. All of the colours and details are correctly done to the intended values of colour and tone. On top of this completed painted layer when dry is a 'glaze' layer, which is a further coat of paint applied thinly within a thickish transparent medium. This is used to highlight certain elements in the painting and empathise the colour. The under layer of paint partly shows through the glaze layer adding depth to the colour as seen by the human eye, and not really a camera lens however. The face and hair were tackled in such a way while the sky and sand were left as is. This portrait oil painting can be seen in greater detail here.

Lady with curly red hair in beach setting - oil painting

Lady with curly red hair in beach setting - oil painting

figure of Julie Diaz with red hair in beach setting artwork
Finished oil painting of Julie Diaz
A woman called Julie Diaz kindly posed for this oil painting. It is based on a photograph taken at a car park on a sunny day. A made up 'seaside' background was introduced, based on her astrological sign (Aquarius), which was a better background than the car park too! It is sized at 33” x 23” and is on primed acid free mounting board. A glaze was used on the figure, but not the background, to add depth and richness to the colours. Julie is mixed race and enjoys wearing red, black and gold. She has many interests mainly based in the areas of spiritualism. Painted in September 2019, the finished artwork can be seen in detail on this link.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Working on closeup 70

Working on closeup 70

terrier loco railroad art WIP Martin Davey
 A small snippet of a railway based oil painting...

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Fantasy big railroad locomotive departing city - WIP stages

Fantasy big railroad locomotive departing city - WIP stages

stages of digital illustration of large railroad locomotive Martin Davey
Stages of the digital artwork consisting of the gigantic railway locomotive.
A gigantic railway locomotive is about to depart a city with very tall skyscrapers in this 1940s inspired retro railway illustration. The digital artwork was completed during December 2019. The first stage of the illustration was to do the initial drawing/ colour concept on a Samsung tablet running software called 'Auto Sketchbook Pro', a drawing app that uses a pressure sensitive pen. Once the concept is worked up to a point using the device, the file is then transferred to a more powerful windows desktop machine, which also runs the same program. The tablet can only do so much before it reaches its operational limits and the image, to be printable, needs to be of a far bigger size than the tablet can cope with. The file is exported as PSD levels as set on the tablet app, and these remain on the desktop file. The image is enlarged to 6000px (horizontal) and then is redrawn/ repainted at this new definition, with some work carried out additionally in Photoshop.
The picture below shows three panels, the first is the drawing with the second showing the colour rough as completed on the tablet. The final panel features the finished artwork as completed on the desktop machine. The illustration can be viewed in greater detail on this link.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Southampton Common tree by path in Autumn - WIP stages

Southampton Common tree by path in Autumn - WIP stages

oil painting of a tree WIP shown in stages
Stages of a painting of a tree at the entrance to Southampton city common.
A tree in Autumn features in this seasonal landscape study. The tree is one to be found within Southampton Common, Hampshire, near to the entrance.

Shown in the picture above are four stages of the painting. In the first, the basic scene has been drawn out in brown acrylics on a yellow ochre flat colour, also done in acrylics. A basic indication of shading has been added. The second panel has some colour added in the way of a wash of diluted oil colour, used to indicate areas of colour and tone. These are not the final painted colours for now, and are left to dry. Moving on to the 3rd panel it can be seen that paint has been applied heavier on to the painting, over the previous, dried layers. These colours are now truer to the intended tone and the painting has become more detailed in these areas. The final panel shows the completed work, with all the final layer of paint applied. A additional stage was to give most of the painting a 'glaze', which is where a further level is applied in the form of translucent colours mixed with a clear painting medium. It is similar to stained glass, though not as strong, but this helps to enhance the colours when seen by the human eye as light travels through the extra layer, hits the underlying area and bounces back. A camera does not see this effect however when a photograph is taken.
stretched artist canvas hame created

On other point of interest is that the support (canvas) is home made. This is to say that un-primed canvas material was purchased from a fabric shop and then fixed to a wooden stretcher bar, home made from scraps of wood. Once the canvas was stretched tight over the wooden stretcher bar, it was primed ready for painting. It was found that the painting surface was quite smooth.

The painting can be seen in greater detail by following this link.

Fantasy big railroad locomotive departing city - digital illustration

Fantasy big railroad locomotive departing city - digital illustration

illustration big railroad engine departing city by Martin Davey
Finished artwork of a giganitic steam locomotive at a big city fantasy illustration
The subject of this scifi/ fantasy scene is a extremely large steam locomotive about to depart a city comprising of some very tall skyscrapers. Some employees of the railroad are having a meeting before departure. The landscape has a retro/ 1940s vibe in terms of the design of the buildings, car and locomotive sitting on the monorail railroad track. The main engineer is dressed in a classic uniform for the job.
Auto Sketchbook pro was used for the creation of this digital illustration. Initially it was started using a Samsung tablet to rough out the idea up to a certain stage. It would be nice to continue using the tablet but it has technical limitations as digital work is processor and ram intensive. It is exported to a windows desktop computer, still running the same program but with the power that is now available. One of the first jobs is to resize the whole image to something that can be printed up to a large scale, the initial image being too small for anything other than screen viewing. Then the whole painting is redrawn/ painted to the final required details/ colour for final output.
The illustration was completed during early December 2019, and can be seen in detail by following this link.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Working on closeup 68

Working on closeup 68

brushing fine painted details oil portrait
 A small snippet of a female figure oil painting...