Posts Tagged ‘skeleton’
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Categories: Completed Commissions, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Pretty Words, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
Tags: brush and ink, chibi, commission, crow, disco, glitter gel pen, halloween, inktober, j herbin, nbx, nightmare before christmas, otter, pen and ink, skeleton
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Back in November, the same painting session that gave me the beginnings of both Exit Strategy and The Colour Out of Space produced the background for this. I did some more with the background before letting it sit for two months, and finally a few weeks ago I figured out what I wanted to do with it.
I actually used thinned-out titanium white paint in a fountain pen to draw these little shapes rather than painting them, a technique I practiced first on a couple of this month’s bookmarks.
The sinuous lines of vertebrae don’t quite follow the soft shapes they wind through, but they are informed by them. It’s hard to tell if this is one very long creature or several; if they’re suspended in water or mist or even fossilized; if they’re from something natural, unnatural, or even supernatural.
Backbone, 6″x4″ watercolor and Japanese watercolor on Arches cover white paper.
Above, you can see an extremely close look at a dozen of the many vertebrae twining through the painting. Below, the painting is tucked in a frame, its mysteries safely contained.
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
This is another of those pieces that started with an experiment with water and paint, and the result made me think of a stream in a rainstorm with drops hitting the surface and a soft play of light down in the water below. I wanted to do something more interesting that just a random fish, though, so of course I went for a fish skeleton. I took a few liberties with fish anatomy, so this isn’t really a specific fish so much as the Death of Fish, as it were.
It’s a definite contrast to the whimsy of my previous Fish Skellington, swimming along all silent and deadly, or at least dead.
Fish Skeleton, 6″x4″ watercolor on paper, $199 with free shipping.
Above, you can see the fine details of rib and fin and skull wending their way through the random-seeming raindrops. Below, the skeleton has swum into a frame so you can enjoy the wee size of it, perfect for a desk at work or an unused bit of wall at home.
Friday, November 30th, 2012
Thank goodness it’s Friday! Normally this sketchy little dude would go on Sunday, but this time I had two bookmarks sell before writing the posts, so I thought I’d save those for the weekend. That’s right, this is the last of the bookmarks for the week you can actually buy! Or you can click here to see all the available bookmarks in one easy spot.
Skeleton Bookmark, 1″x4.5″ pencil on paper.
Above you can see his grinning face up close and personal. Below, he’s hanging out on a book to show you just how slender a skeleton can be, when he’s a bookmark, anyway.