Advent Day 11: One with the Sea

For the 11th day of the Advent: I am One with the Sea.

I am One with the Sea
I am One with the Sea: made with Photoshop using Kyle T. Webster brushes

My muses are still on strike.

So, I thought I’d use this opportunity to finish off the unfinished.

I decided to complete the SeaBlue #colour_collective illustration from two weeks back for today’s Advent day 11.

With the Advent season upon us, I’ve been postponing the final touches to it and focused more on Winter and Christmas themed illustrations.

But, I am glad I completed this one now.

Working may way through the lines, hair and waves was a such a meditative process.

Quite the contrary to how I felt after yesterday’s illustration, which left me with stiff shoulders, a stiff neck and an everything but satisfied me.

But after working on ‘I am One with the Sea’, I feel relaxed, at peace and ready to welcome the new week.

Just the right way to end what was a pretty task filled week.

Well, that and a cup of Tulsi Tea! Cheers!

For tomorrow, I am planning on sharing my most simple ever version of a gluten-free, vegan Chocolate Cake recipe, or as I also call it gluten-free, vegan Chocolate Flat Bread. It is so simple (even kids can bake this one) and it is a delicious sweet snack for in between meals. If you love Chocolcate, than stay on the look-out for tomorrow’s Advent day 12 post.

 


Hope you had or are still having a lovely weekend.

And, wishing you all a great week ahead!


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Celebrating Autumn

For tonight’s #colour_collective colour Orange:

Celebrating Autumn for #colour_collective's Orange: made with photohop
Celebrating Autumn for #colour_collective’s Orange: made with Photoshop

Missed out on last week’s #colour_collective, which was Sage Gray, thanks to a two-day long migraine and a back spasm. Nothing to worry about, though, as I am recovering steadily.

But, isn’t it usually only after a physical system crash that we are made aware of what we normally take for granted?

Every day, this complex construct we call body gets its job done day and night!

And very often we torture it with stupid habits. I tend to sit for too many hours in front of the computer screen, Wacom screen or easel. I tend to push my creative flows beyond my physical limits. And that’s just stupid!

One should always strive for the middle way.

That is why I am also so ever grateful for yoga as it supports a speedy but gentle recovery. I am picking up my swimming routine again, too. I do love to swim but sometimes, when it comes to sports, lethargy or lazy bum behaviour gets the best of me.

As for right now, I shall not exaggerate with sitting for too long in front of the computer straining my head, shoulders and back obsessing over typos, synonyms, and grammar. Please forgive if my writing comes across as sloppy tonight.

And while I am physically limited in terms of how long I can sit in front of the computer, stand in front of my easel or walk around a day, I’m using this time to contemplate and plot my #inktober content (an inked drawing a day in October – for details see on Mr Jake Parker’s website and do consider joining!)

Last year, I missed the boat and only managed to hop on at the end of the month with a couple of Halloween themed inked illustrations.

This year, I wish to create a story – something like a graphic novel or picture book story.

And although the content may not turn out to be a masterpiece, this #inktober shall be remembered as:
‘The one that crashed my writer’s block’.

Hope you’ll join me!


Happy September 2016 Equinox!


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Mummy

Monster number four for #HallowDoodle and #inktober today is a Mummy.

Mummy for #HallowDoodle and #inktober
Mummy for #HallowDoodle and #inktober: black pigment liner 0.05, Canson illustration paper BD, Manga, Comics: pure white for pencil, ink, marker and watercolour, 250g/sqm, 21×29.7cm

Some time ago, I hosted a Halloween party where two guys showed up as Mummies.

Upon arrival, they simply wrapped a lot of toilet paper they had brought with them around themselves and wore John Lennon styled round glasses.

I  really appreciated the maximum impact of their costume despite its simplicity and nominated them the best dressed Halloweeners of the evening.

Quite a shame I did not capture them in a picture as evidence… but maybe Mummies are not meant to be ‘captured’ anyways.

The Cuddly Ghost

‘Monster’ three out of five for #HallowDoodle.

Now, while most ghosts go ‘booo!’ this one goes ‘huuuuuuuug meeeeeeeee!’

I did not have much time for today’s #HallowDoodle and #inktober contribution – so this is a very quick one.

But, nonetheless, this may be a picture book seedling…

Cuddly Ghost for #HallowDoodle and #inktober
Ghost – The Cuddly Ghost for #HallowDoodle and #inktober: black pigment liner 0.05 and 0.1, Canson illustration paper BD, Manga, Comics: pure white for pencil, ink, marker and watercolour, 250g/sqm, 21×29.7cm

 

Vampire for #HallowDoodle

Today’s monster was a vampire.

Vampires are not really something I would choose to draw by my own initiative.

But leaving ones comfort zone once in a while does not hurt.

Because I was not satisfied with the results of my first inked drawing ‘Vampire’, I decided to do another called: ‘Vampire Costume’ hoping the results would satisfy me more – meh.

Oh, well…

So here is vampire number one:

Vampire for #HallowDoodle and #inktober
Vampire for #HallowDoodle and #inktober: black pigment liner 0.05 and 0.1, Canson illustration paper BD, Manga, Comics: pure white for pencil, ink, marker and watercolour, 250g/sqm, 21×29.7cm
And here is the cutesy version vampire number two:

Vampire Costume for #HallowDoodle and #inktober
Vampire Costume for #HallowDoodle and #inktober: black pigment liner 0.05 and 0.1, Canson illustration paper BD, Manga, Comics: pure white for pencil, ink, marker and watercolour, 250g/sqm, 21×29.7cm

Personally, vampires and zombies both bore me to death.

All the hype around the portrayal of vampires and zombies in books, films and series of the past few years is something I cannot relate to and is a trend I most certainly have not been following.

But I must admit, there was one:

The first and last book about vampires I read was ‘Salem’s lot’ by Stephen King.

I had received the book from my aunty with no idea that I would be dealing with vampires.

As it became clear, I was already too deep into the story to put the book down.

I did like the book. But, at the same time, it did not motivate me to pursue reading further vampire stories.

Witch of Joy

Unfortunately, #inktober has nearly passed, and that without my participation, although I was so looking forward to it.

But there was a lot of inspiring and wonderfully inked work to enjoy on Twitter!

So if you haven’t checked it out yet, here is a link to the initiator Jake Parker and on Twitter just search for #inktober or #inktober2015.

Anyways, thanks to a five-day, five-monster fun initiative #HallowDoodle by Penny Neville-Lee, or need I say ‘Penny Neville-Eek!’ I just might succeed in posting at least five #inktober #HallowDoodle ‘monsters’ before October gives way to November.

So, here is number one:

Witch of Joy
Witch of Joy: pencil 4B, black pigment liner 0.05 and 0.1, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

With her magic she spreads laughter and joy.

Grumblers beware!

As she knows no mercy!

And, to all those who make others frown, she will cast an irreversible spell of eternal laughter – you may never speak again!

At the Museum

For last Friday’s #colour_collective colour Cadmium Yellow I decided to create a scene in a museum.

I used gouache for the two ‘museum paintings’ as the colours were brighter and more opaque and intense than watercolours:

‘At the Museum’: #colour_collective colour Cadmium Yellow: pencil 3B & 4B, black, grey pigment liner 0.1, frisket, white pigment ink liner, watercolours, gouache, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm
‘At the Museum’: #colour_collective colour Cadmium Yellow: pencil 3B & 4B, black, grey pigment liner 0.1, frisket, white pigment ink liner, watercolours, gouache, mixed media paper made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag, 24cmx32cm, 265 g/sqm

Cadmium_Yellow

Next week’s colour for #colour_collective is Russian Violet – this will be an interesting week!

Any theme, any medium, anyone. Post together Fri 19:30 GMT+1. Just use the #colour_collective hashtag on Twitter.  For more information see @Clr_Collective and @PennyNevilleLee (#colour_collective creator) and do check out the wonderful illustrations that were posted so far.

Wishing all a lovely Sunday!