Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Women Texting On Christchurch Station - acrylic painting

Women Texting On Christchurch Station - acrylic painting

christchurh station passengers on phones artwork
Women Texting On Christchurch Station - acrylic painting
This acrylic painting was created during June 2018. It is sized at 16” x 12”, and done on stretched water-colour paper. The subject is a number of women, and one man, all busy texting while waiting for a train to turn up at the station. Christchurch, on the south coast of the UK, is the location of this brick built, Victorian station, set during a sunny but cold afternoon one December.
The finished painting can be seen in greater detail on this link.

Monday, 30 July 2018

closeup working progress 01

closeup working progress 01

drawing boy illustration Martin Davey
A small snippet from an aviation themed illustration...

Steampunk Hover Rolls With Queen - WIP stages

Steampunk Hover Rolls With Queen - WIP stages

WIP artist stages floating royal car art
digital art stages - Steampunk Hover Rolls With Queen
A hovering Rolls Royce type of vehicle pulls up outside a mansion. It is transporting a Queen Victoria like character, sitting on her throne in a high position so that her subjects may view the monarchy. The Queen is protected by a very large windscreen and is sat at the back of the vehicle. Seated at the front is the chauffeur, behind a smaller, but still large windscreen.
This digital illustration was done in July 2018. It originated as a small sketch using the 'auto Sketchbook pro' app on a tablet. at a later stage the file was exported to a W10 computer where the image was enlarged and refined.
The illustration of the 'Royal Hovering vehicle' can be seen here on this link.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Twin propellers on blue boat - acrylic painting

Twin propellers on blue boat - acrylic painting

marine boat in dry dock propeller painting Davey
acrylic painting - 'Twin propellers on blue boat'

This marine based piece of artwork was created in May 2018 and painted in acrylics on stretched water-colour paper, sized at 16” x 12”.
It is based on a photo taken one morning at a local boat yard, and the subject was a boat resting on jacks out of the water awaiting refurbishment. The blue hull, which was rusty, and the propellers showed lots of deposits from marine life living on the boat exterior, and gave the propellers an interesting blue cast. The day was sunny some it was interesting to see the light playing over the complicated forms of the propellers blades.
The picture can be seen here on this link.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Women texting on Christchurch station - WIP stages acrylic painting

Women texting on Christchurch station - WIP acrylic painting stages


people on station art in WIP Martin Davey
stages of working on 'Women texting on Christchurch station' art
This painting was produced during June 2018, and shows passengers on a station awaiting a train. They are all busy texting while awaiting transportation during a sunny winters afternoon.

The panel shows four stages to the creation of the painting, which is sized at 16” x 12”, and painted on stretched water-colour paper. In the first panel the drawing is shown, done in brown acrylic paint. A wash with the same colour paint is applied to show the shadows. Unusually in this case I did not do a coloured 'ground' over the paper, normally a yellow ochre or red, but just kept the paper 'white'. In the second panel dark base colours are applied, to help establish positioning of colours and act as an under-painting layer for when future paint layers are added. The third panel shows progression on the details and layers of paint being built up to there intended tonal values, which it turn leads to the finished artwork as shown in the forth panel.

The painting can be seen in detail on this link.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Sleeping cow on grass on sunny day - WIP stages

Sleeping cow on grass on sunny day - WIP stages

artist painting a cow relaxing M P Davey
Sleeping cow on grass on sunny day - oil painting stages
The above panel shows stages of a painting, the subject of which is a cow dropping asleep in a field.

Basic photographic reference was obtained on one of my trips about in the area of Lyndhurst, situated within the area of the New Forest, UK.

Stretched watercolour paper is used as the support base, which was then given a coat of 'gesso' to seal the paper from any leakage of oil paint, to be placed later on top. Once the gesso was dry an orange acrylic wash was applied on top, after which the drawing of the cow scene was done on top using a brown acrylic paint and fine brush, and white paint to help indicate blocks of light for the tonal values. Following this, diluted oil paint was then used to place down the initial base colours. This 'under-painting' layer provides a good key to the last stage, which is when the oil paint is applied thicker to provide the final details and colours within the artwork.

The finished painting can be seen on this link.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Monday in Hell with Devil - digital painting

Monday in Hell with Devil - digital painting

sacrifices in hell illustration artwork Martin Davey
digital illustration - Monday in Hell with Devil -

This digitally painted fantasy scene was created during March 2018. 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' was used initially to draw and paint the image using an Android tablet device. Once the work had been done to a certain level, the file was then exported to a w10 computer, and reworked at a higher resolution, to add and refine details. The software allows work to be created on different levels, rather than one drawing level. This file can the be exported in to Photoshop which reads the separate levels and allows final grading to take place on the image.
The illustration features a typical Monday in hell, with the usual processes of sacrifices to the devil. The chained humans are maneuvered in to position by large, dark, humanoid creatures who seem to enjoy their work! Flames are everywhere in this den surrounded by tall rock structures. On top of some of these are winged demons looking out for some fun. The activities of the day are controlled by the Devil itself, using a mind link to control his servants.
The illustration can be seen in greater detail here.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Twin propellers on blue boat - WIP stages

Twin propellers on blue boat - WIP stages

painting of two blue weathered propellers on hull of boat.
stages of 'Twin propellers on blue boat' artwork
This painting, completed in June 2018 shows the hull of a boat with two protruding propellers. It can be seen that nature, and the sea water, have taken some toll on the surfaces of the hull and propeller blades, but this in turn provides some interesting textures on the surfaces. The boat itself was in a local marina in Southampton.
Acrylic paint was used for the painting, done on water colour paper that has been stretched. The first panel shows the drawing, done in grey paint and with a tonal wash applied over the drawing to indicate dark and light areas. White paint is used in addition to show areas of bright tonal range. In the second panel some darker base colours have been applied to act as the under-painting, and will be a base for the final application of colour to its true tonal quality later. The third panel shows further build up of the image, leaving the forth panel to display the finished painting, which measures 16” x 12”.
It can be seen in greater detail here.