I and my Border Collie, Keen, helped weave today! It was aright I guess, but I was hoping for food myself.  Today’s “Adventures in Pre-Raphaelites” is made possible by “I am half-sick of shadows, said the Lady of Shalott” by John William Waterhouse. He is one of C’s inspirations, but since he is dead and can’t feed me I don’t see what’s so special.  

Friday’s Finished Piece:

Mirrors (Kat), Graphite, Charcoal, & Inks, 5.5 X 8.5 in, C.nick, 2014

I got it finished! Hopefully it is drastically changed from last Wednesday’s post. I put in all the details today and am extremely happy with how much the white pops on this paper. I hope all the midtones show from the scan because in person they look great, but sometimes scanners do weird things. Anyway, this is a drawing of Kat from Kat Sketch on Youtube. I haven’t talked about the concept because I wanted to draw it and have everyone see for themselves. But yeah, here it is. I also didn’t plan for it be posted on Friday the 13th, anyone who knows me knows I don’t possess that kind of forward planning, but I think that the drawing and the date fit perfectly. It certainly was fortuitous. I think that all I have to say. I hope everyone likes it and as always feedback is a lovely thing. So thoughts anyone?

Work in Progress Wednesday:

Neil Gaiman (Work in Progress), C.nick, 2014, Graphite & Ink, 5.5 X 8.5 in

I inked it and I’m quite pleased with how this is turning out. I really brought out the Dave McKean influences in it. I hope you all like my little take on what Neil Gaiman would look like in many of his books’ illustration style.

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Friday’s Finished Piece:

Neil Gaiman, C.nick, 2014, Graphite & Ink, 5.5 X 8.5 in

I finished it. This is a portrait of the author Neil Gaiman. My style inspiration was Dave McKean’s work on Gaiman’s books, especially the “Graveyard Book”. It didn’t turn out as dark and sketchy as McKean’s work but I’m very pleased with it nonetheless. I hope you all enjoy seeing it at least a fraction of how much I enjoyed creating it.

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Saturday Sketch:

Blackbeard (Work in Progress), C.nick, 2014, Graphite, 5.5 X 8.5 in

Today (November 22nd) in 1718 Blackbeard was killed by a force of the Royal Navy led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard just off the coast of North Carolina. I wanted to do a Blackbeard sketch for this Saturday’s Sketch because I’ve always been interested in pirates. Growing up I had a very strong interest in pirates. Pretty much half of everything I owned was pirate related; the other half was knights related.

Friday’s Finished Piece:

Magnolia, C.nick, 2014, Graphite & Ink, 5.5 X 8.5in

I’m very happy with how this turned out. The white pen just really adds to it and makes it look almost luminescent. It has gone much further than I intended it to be and I’m pleasantly surprised.

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Can't Sleep

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*Sleep wasn’t coming easy, so Liam grabbed his keys and went to the only place he knew his mind could rest. He used his key to get into Niall’s apartment, locked the door, then crawled into bed with him*

Keen (Work in Progress), C.nick, 2014, Oils, 16 X 20 in,

I’m in an oil painting class (I got a scholarship!) so I thought I would show you the paintings I’ve been working on. Some are finished but most are work in progresses. My main goal for this work in progress is more paint! The layers are so thin that I can see the canvas way too much. It is of my màthair’s Border Collie named Keen and I like how the colour choices make him look fiery.

Work in Progress Wednesday:

Silvia Trkman and Pack (work in progress), C.nick, 2014, Graphite, 5.5 X 8.5 in

All their faces are put in and I saved finishing the rest of them for next time. I’m debating on adding hints of colour to it. On the one hand I think it would be an interesting effect but on the other I’m not sure that it actually fits with the piece. 

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Thoughts?

PRIVATE FOR NICK,ZACH,HENRY,LOGAN ONLY! FAMILY NIGHT!!! MANDATORY!!

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I will hunt you down and tie you to a chair if you aren’t there.

We’re meeting at Harry’s because his is the biggest. Zayn’s making dinner and we’re going to have a guys night! So be there. No excuses.

Saturday’s Sketch:

Skull in Tree (Work in Progress), Graphite, 5.5 X 8.5, C.nick, 2014

My readings and research lately has lead me to a lot skulls. It also happened that Saturday came and I found myself with nothing to draw. This image of skull on a tree popped into my head, I just went for it and here we are. This is suppose to be in ink but my pens are dried out which is very strange indeed. Strange because the two pens that are dried out aren’t the ones I use a lot, but coincidentally the ones I need for this. I’m undecided if I should have a nail running through it or leave it as is. Thoughts?

Saturday’s Sketch:

Neil Gaiman (Work in Progress), C.nick, 2014, Graphite, 5.5 X 8.5 in

Last Monday (November 10th) was Neil Gaiman’s birthday. I originally wanted to do something then but time and several other things were against my doing anything. So I’m doing what I planned for then now as a Saturday’s Sketch. It’s a bit of a blend of Dave McKean and Chris Riddell’s work with hopefully a lot of my own flair in there. My main inspiration was McKean’s work, but there is a few elements of Riddell’s work.

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