Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Result for January 2015 Giveaway

  Congratulations Russell Tan on being the winner of this giveaway.

I will be mailing the prize (consisting of two Eco-Qua sketchbooks and a blister pack of Derwent Fine Art Pencils) to you soon.

  To the rest of you lovelies that didn't win; thank you so much for taking part.
  I loved reading all the lovely comments in this giveaway. I can't wait to host another giveaway.

  My next giveaway will be happening in April, so look out for that!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Painting of the Day: "Meanwhile"

"Meanwhile" by Elle DioGuardi

  I love this sketch because it looks like an actual sketch you'd do in your sketchbook. As much as I love clean lines in illustrations, this feels more real... The composition also feels very spontaneous- like a snapshot. A humid, sunny late-afternoon... The light pouring in through the blinds... You take a sip of coffee from your cup and think about your plans for the day, for tomorrow, for the future...

You can view her Tumblr via this link.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Painting of the Day: Daybreak

 "Daybreak" by Oscar Santillan
This is "Daybreak


  He removes paint from the wall to create a design, and then uses the paint dust to create a mirror image of the design on the floor. The result is gorgeous and very creative, and it reminds me of church windows.

  View his website via this link.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Travelling Postcard Series

  The Travelling Postcard Series is a small project I started where I'd create hand-drawn drawings on postcard sized paper for a friend of mine. Her name is "Hush", if you were wondering. And no, she doesn't follow this blog, which is why I can show you guys all the cute things I've made for her.

  I'm not sure how long I'll continue the series, but I'm intending to do at least 12. Here are the first three of the series:

The first of the series.
It's supposed to be an abstract sunrise.

This was the one I sent out a couple of days ago.
I posted it on my Instagram. Maybe you'd like to follow me on Instagram?
@havepen_willdraw

And this is the third drawing of this series.
I'll be mailing it out towards the end of this month. ^-^

And even though this isn't part of the Travelling Postcard Series, I just wanted to share it with you guys. It's a present for a friend for Valentines' (sort of). I used Prismacolor coloured pencils with Derwent's blender pens. This is A4 size. I'm very happy with the results and am considering doing more of these kind of coloured pieces. 

Monday, 9 February 2015

Painting of the Day: No Meeting Day

"No Meeting Day" by Dima Rebus

  His works are gorgeously dark and haunting and I love him enough to have featured another one of his work before. <previous painting> For "No Meeting Day", I love the model's piercing gaze; her body language; the way the brushstrokes blur edges. What do the wings represent? There's much left in the narrative for us to fill in.

  View more of Dima Rebus' works via his website.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Painting (Photo) of the Day: Untitled

Untitled (Edition for Parkett No. 64) by Tom Friedman

  75 styrofoam cups painted by hand with acrylic paint, 40” high. Edition of 75.

  “Tom Friedman’s sculptural works radically modify our view of things. Small and fragile, made of mundane, frequently expendable materials, they evoke meditation on the interconnectedness of natural and industrial worlds, even suggesting that the human mind, body, and inanimate things are all involved in the same process of transmutation.” —Midori Matsui Parkett No. 64, 2002


  You can see more of his works via this link.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

"Subtract" by Tyson McAdoo

A while back, I backed a kickstarter by Tyson McAdoo for him to be able to publish a new book titled "Subtract". The completion of the project was wonderfully on time, and all the books were promptly mailed out after. Shipping was quick and the packaging of the books were wonderful.

This is it.
The beautiful creation that is "Subtract".

I can tell that the utmost care was paid to every detail in this book. I mean look at the wonderful abstract gloss to the book, and even how unique the barcode was made to look so it didn't feel out of place. I love the simplicity of the book's cover design. 

The inside of the book was no different. I loved the print quality, and the entire feel of the book.
Also, I have this pet peeve where when the picture in a book doesn't take up the entire page yet one of its side touches the edge of the page... I hate that because it looks very unaesthetic. This book didn't have that irksome problem. The pictures were either full page pictures, or they had a border around them.

Here's a full page drawing. You can see the brushstrokes and the colours are lovely.

Then there was a section for Tyson McAdoo's drawings.

The pages were ever-so-slightly shorter than the rest of the pages, and I felt that was a nice addition to the book too.

  I'm not affiliated with Tyson in any ways. I do not gain anything from you purchasing the book. Nor was I given the book for free. I just really genuinely loved the book that much, and wished that other art books were created with as much attention to detail as "Subtract" was given.

  With that, here's a video of me flipping through the book:


  If you'd like to support the artist, you can purchase the book via his webstore. From now until the 8th, you can get a 14% discount on all purchases with the discount code "LOVE".