Thursday, 15 April 2021

Monster alien experimentation with human specimen - WIP stages

 Monster alien experimentation with human specimen - WIP stages

stages of WIP alien experiment retro illustration
Stages of artwork progression.

This sci-fi horror illustration features a giant monster about to experiment on a human subject.

It was painted digitally in 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' during January 2021. The first panel features a rough sketch with a digital pencil, while the second one shows colour now roughly painted into the illustration to give an indication of colour placement. It can be seen that the position of the human figure has been changed too. In the third panel can be seen the completed illustration. The painting and details are finer and it should be noted that between the 2nd and 3rd stages that the image is enlarged to about four times its original size and worked on at this larger scale to produce a fine resolution image. The hexagonal background was taken from a beehive image and altered in photoshop.

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

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

closeup working progress 15

 closeup working progress 15

head of dinosaur monster with open mouth  WIP art

 A small snippet of a prehistoric like creature illustration...

Monday, 5 April 2021

Monster alien experimentation with human specimen - digital illustration

Monster alien experimentation with human specimen - digital illustration

man in insect alien experimentation art M P Davey

Digitally created in SketchBook Pro during January 2021 this retro Sci-fi illustration features a giant insect like creature about to experiment on a human prisoner. He is kept in a glass jar on a platform that cannot be escaped from, sited within a mysterious 'hive' like laboratory.

This horror illustration artwork can be seen in finer detail by following the link to an external site.



 

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Plein air painting 13

 Plein air painting 13

plien air art Southampton city gallery entrance

This plien air landscape art shows the entrance to Southampton City's Art Gallery during a sunny September morning. It is painted in oils on a piece of primed mounting board sized at 12" x 10. The gallery is a grade II listed building and opened in 1939 and situated within the city in the county of Hampshire, UK.

Southampton city gallery painting sketch

Monday, 22 March 2021

Herd of cattle in the New Forest countryside - WIP stages

Herd of cattle in the New Forest countryside - WIP stages

M P Davey New Forest cattle WIP stages art
Four stages of the creation of the New Forest scene.

Painted in late December and through to early January 2021 this painting shows a countryside scene within the New Forest, situated on the south coast of the UK. It is painted in oils on mounting board, sized at 20” x 16”.

The first panel shows the drawing of the countryside scene, done in brown acrylic paint on a lighter brown acrylic wash. The second panel shows where white acrylic paint has been added to indicate areas of a lighter tone, namely the sky area.

Moving on to the third panel shows where oil paint has now been introduced in to the process of creating the artwork. Here paint has been added to indicate the basic colours of forms within and acts as an underpainting, which will be painted over again. This layer of paint is thinly applied, using a medium (similar to white spirit, but more refined) to thin it out. The last panel displays the completed painting. Here the paint is thicker, basically as it comes out of the tube and is applied more carefully. Detail and colour are of the prime concern at this stage. Once the paint was dry (after a week or so) a level of glazing was added. This is when a wash of almost transparent colour, held in a thick, clear oil is applied to help emphasise the colours and make slight alterations to tonal values, such as making the trees darker than originally painted.

The finished forest scene can be seen on this link in greater detail.

 

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

closeup working progress 14

 closeup working progress 14

drawing anime girl face art

A small snippet of an anime based subject...

 


Sunday, 14 March 2021

Herd of cattle in the New Forest countryside - oil painting

Herd of cattle in the New Forest countryside - oil painting

M P Davey herd of cows in hampshire art
Completed painting of cows in the New Forest.

Completed in early January 2021 this painting depicts a scene within the New Forest, Hampshire, situated on the southern coast of the UK. A herd of cows are shown on a hot, summers day with a horned member enjoying the shade offered by some trees. The location is very near a campsite situated at Aldridge Hill, not far from Brockenhurst. Painted in oils on mounting board, sized at 20” x 16”.

For those wishing to view in detail the artwork can be seen on this 3rd party link

 

Friday, 12 March 2021

Plein art painting 11

 Plein art painting 11

tree trucks by path southampton common art
Plein air painting of tree trucks by path.

Painted on a sunny September morning this plein air sketch shows tree trunks beside a tarmac path running through a part of Southampton common, Hampshire. Plenty of people were passing on their way to work and school but most probably did not notice me hidden on the opposite side of the path, hidden in the shade. The painting is 12" x 9" and done in oils over a 2 hr period. It is on a light brown coloured ground.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

closeup working progress 13

 closeup working progress 13

scared man on ground sci fi WIP

 A small snippet of a scifi illustration...

Monday, 22 February 2021

Plein air painting 12

 Plein air painting 12

bugle street Southampton painting

Painted in September 2020 this view shows Bugle Street in the Southampton 'Old town'. Looking south, the docks/ Town Quay area can be seen at the end of the road. This road is very old and right next to the location of where this painting was created is Tudor House, a museum housed in a large building from that very era.

Bugle street Southampton art

 


 

 

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Dinosaur Mother in chair after Whistler - WIP stages

Dinosaur Mother in chair after Whistler  - WIP stages

Whistlers mother dinosaur illustration in stages.
3 stages of the 'Whistler' dino illustration

Created in early January 2021 this humorous take on a famous Victorian painting was digitally painted using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro'. The original that it was based on is called “Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother”, thought sometimes it is more simply known as “Whistler's Mother”.

The first image above shows the rough drawing of the composition. The document is quite small at this size, approx 1000px x 1000px. Moving to the second image the drawing has now had colour painted in, based on the original Whistler painting used for reference. The final image shows the completed illustration which has been enlarged to 5000px x 5000px and then repainted to give a finer, finished piece of artwork.

The completed dinosaur illustration can be seen in detail by following this link.


Sunday, 7 February 2021

Dinosaur Mother in chair after Whistler - digital illustration

Dinosaur Mother in chair after Whistler - digital illustration

M P Davey Whistler dinosaur parody illustration
Whistler dinosaur mother illustration

James Abbott McNeill Whistler's famous painting from 1871 is taken and given a slight twist placing it in an alternate dinosaur world! This digital illustration was done in early January 2021 and shows an armoured plated dinosaur, similar to a Stegosaurus replacing the original subject of the painting, the mother of Whistler. It is sized at 5000px x 5000px and painted using Auto Sketchbook Pro. This artwork can be viewed in greater detail by following this link.

 

Monday, 1 February 2021

Working on closeup 84

Working on closeup 84

cow painting WIP brush painting M P Davey

A small snippet of an oil painting featuring cows...

 

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Hampshire sunset with boats - WIP stages

 Hampshire sunset with boats - WIP stages

WIP southampton river artwork in stages
WIP of sunset marine scene set in Hampshire

This painting shows a marine scene in the city of Southampton, UK. The area is populated with old boat wrecks, some sunk and some still floating but taken over by people living on them.

The first panel shows the scene drawn with acrylic brown paint on a lighter brown wash. White paint is used to indicate some lighter areas in tone, for instance the sky. Moving on to the second panel, colour has been added using diluted oil paint, applied thinly to indicate areas of colour. Detail is not worked on at this stage as this is an underpainting layer, due to be painted over.. After a week the paint is dry so more paint is added on top. This time the paint is a lot thicker, with virtually no thinners mixed in, and the colour is a truer version of the final required vibrancy and tone. Also the brushwork is a lot finer and detail is added at this stage. Lastly the final panel shows the completed painting. This last stage also included a layer of glazing on top, which is like a thin amount of paint suspended in a lot of transparent oil medium, used to emphasize colour. It is similar to placing tinted glass or a coloured photographic filter on top of the artwork.

The painting was done during late summer 2020 and sized at 16” x 20”, and can be seen in greater detail on this link.

 

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Plein art painting 10

 Plein art painting 10

southampton South gate tower quay painting
grade 1 ruins of the South Gate Tower, Southampton

Part of the grade 1 listed walls of the town (now city) of Southampton are seen in the colour sketch. This is the South Gate tower, on the corner where the high st meets town Quay. This was painted on a 12" x 9" board in oils on the afternoon of the 13th September 2020. Note the two old but classic red telephone boxes by the pub on the left hand side.

 


Thursday, 14 January 2021

Hampshire Sunset with boats - oil painting

Hampshire Sunset with boats - oil painting

river Itchen Southampton painting Davey

Painted during September 2020 this sunset painting features a view of the River Itchen in the city of Southampton, Hampshire during the summer. It is based on a photograph taken a few years previously.

This part of the salt water river, on the outskirts of the east side of the city at Northam, is much like a boat graveyard, being populated with many wrecks, some possibly dating as far back as the early twentieth century. Its quite possible that boats and ships have seen their last days here over a number of centuries. They are situated on one side of the very wide river which is not navigable. In the distance can be seen a number of warehouses and a tall chimney belonging to a hospital. Along the river bank there is a pathway popular with fishermen and cyclists.

The painting measures 20” x 16” and is done on acid free mounting board. It can be seen in greater detail by following this link.

 

 

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Closeup working progress 12

 Closeup working progress 12

M P Davey sitting dinosaur illustration WIP

 A small snipet of a humourous dinosaur illustration...