Saturday, 14 October 2017

Friesian Cow Portrait – oil painting

Friesian Cow Portrait – oil painting

Martin Davey animal farm cow art
Friesian Cow Portrait – oil painting

This oil painting features a portrait of a cow. It is painted possibly in a 'romantic and sentimental' mode, with softening of the details that oil paint allows you to do, and is based on a photograph.
It is sized at 16” x 12” and painted on mounting board. The board itself is covered in gesso to stop paint from soaking in to the paper fibers, after which an acrylic under-painting is done of the subject. Then the final oil painted layer is done on top. This portrait was completed during September 2017.
This cow portrait art can be seen in greater detail by following this link.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Working on closeup 34

Working on closeup 34

Snippet of a marine based oil painting WIP.........
Artist yachts WIP eling artwork davey
boats near to Eling, hampshire WIP art

 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Weston Shore Boats At Yacht Club, Southampton - acrylic painting

Weston Shore Boats At Yacht Club, Southampton - acrylic painting

M P Davey netley boats under covers acrylic art landscape
Weston Shore Boats At Yacht Club, Southampton - acrylic painting
This scene shows a boat yard at Weston Shore, Hampshire, near to Southampton Water. The yard is attached to a local sailing club and on this hot summers day can be seen a large number of boats and yachts under cover. Some have not moved for some time judging by the amount of grass under the wheels of the trailer.
The painting is done on stretched paper, measuring 20” x 16”, and painted in acrylic paint during July 2017.
The painting can be seen in greater detail via this link.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Southampton Freightliner Train Maintenance WIP stages

'Southampton Freightliner Train Maintenance' WIP stages

Southampton Freightliner Train Maintenance -

WIP stages

The panel above shows work in four stages of a painting called 'Southampton Freightliner Train Maintenance'. This is a small maintenance depot on the outskirts of Southampton (Millbrook) and features 3 typical locomotives to be found at the location.
The first panel shows the initial drawing, done in brown acrylic paint on a brown wash base of painting, to act as a ground for the painting to be built upon. The second panel shows dark colours applied, which act as under-painting for the final layers added later. At this stage acrylic paints art used. The painting is deliberately darker than intended and lacks detail. In the third layer can be seen the final oil layer start to be applied, all with the correct tonal and detail qualities. Finally the fourth panel displays the final, finished painting, which is sized at 28 x 20" and is painted in oils on a mounting board surface.
The final painting can also be examined in detail here.
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Disposing of Art 02

Disposing of Art 02

breaking old canvas art
Disposal of further paintings
Following on from last month, more old paintings have now been broken up and disposed of. Now the remains fit easily into part of a bin bag. The space is needed and these pictures have seen their best days. However the images are not lost as all have been correctly and properly photographed over the years at their best. There is still a number to get rid of too...

https://martin-davey.pixels.com/featured/bournemouth-air-festival-martin-davey.html
https://martin-davey.pixels.com/featured/cow-and-calf-in-field-martin-davey.html
https://martin-davey.pixels.com/featured/people-on-bournemouth-beach-parasol-martin-davey.html
https://martin-davey.pixels.com/featured/southampton-palmerston-park-martin-davey.html
https://martin-davey.pixels.com/featured/people-on-bournemouth-beach-kids-in-sand-martin-davey.html
 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Warsash Coastline With Tide Out Hampshire - acrylic painting

Warsash Coastline With Tide Out Hampshire - acrylic painting

Hampshire hamble river warsash landscape art
Warsash Coastline With Tide Out Hampshire - acrylic painting
In this landscape painting, a scene is depicted of the coastline at Warsash, near to Southampton in the county of Hampshire. Southampton Water is the main stretch of water which runs in to the Solent, and at this location painted the River Hamble joins in the Southampton Water. The area has a small path used by cyclists and walkers along the coast, some of whom can be seen in the distance, on this overcast summers day.
The painting is done on stretched paper, sized at 12” x 16”, and painted in acrylics, during July 2017.
This landscape painting can be seen in greater detail here.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

New Forest Camping Fun - oil painting

New Forest Camping Fun - oil painting 

martin davey camping children play at stream hampshire art
New Forest Camping Fun - oil painting
In this painting can be seen children enjoying a summers day in the new Forest national park, Hampshire, on the south coast of the UK. The children are playing in a stream next to a camp site which can be seen in the background, on this hot, summers day.
The painting was created during June 2017 and is painted in oils on mounting board. The image is 28” x 20” approx in size.
The painting can be seen in greater detail here.



Sunday, 24 September 2017

New Forest Horses With Light And Shade - oil painting

New Forest Horses With Light And Shade - oil painting

martin davey artwork white and brown horse sunny
New Forest Horses With Light And Shade - oil painting
Painted in June 2017, this painting shows show horses on a sunny day out in the New Forest, Hampshire, on the south coast of the UK. Horses, cattle and donkeys are all freely able to roam around the national park and can be found in the towns and villages as well as the countryside. The painting highlights a hot, sunny day with strong shadows and a sense of the beating light and heat on the animals.
The artwork is done in oil paint on mounting board, sized at 20” x 16”, and can be viewed here in a larger format.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Working on closeup 33

Working on closeup 33

A small snippet of a cow portrait..... 
Martinn Davey artist cow portrait WIP
WIP cow painting close up
 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

New Forest Camping Fun - WIP oil painting stages

New Forest Camping Fun - WIP oil painting stages

Martin Davey art Hampshire camp site kids fun WIP
WIP stages of 'New forest camping fun' painting
This composite photograph shows the painting 'New Forest Camping Fun' in four stages of work in progress. In the first panel is  the drawing of the scene done in acrylics on a dark brown wash of acrylic paint. The second panel shows the addition of darker colours added, using acrylic paint, which act as the under-painting and will give final layers of paint, when applied something to kick against. The third panel shows a start on the final painted layer, which is done in oil paint. The last panel shows the final and finished oil painting, which is sized at 20" x 28" approx and done on mounting board, during June 2017.
The location is a camping site in the New Forest, Hampshire, on the South coast of the UK. The time is August with the children enjoying the sunny, summers day in this shady woodland part of the National park.
The final painting can be seen in detail here.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Disposing of Art 01

 Disposing of Art 01

throwing away old paintings M P Davey
The first lot of old art to go
One of the problems with art is that once it is created it leaves a footprint. Digital art is fortunate in that it only exists (assuming it is not printed out) on a hard drive and takes up an un-measurable space. 
A painting, in the real world however, occupies a space, and if it it done on canvas then the painting is supported on wooden stretcher bars which take up further space, and add a thickness to the artwork. 
A paper based painting, like a watercolour, is simpler to deal with because it is only a piece of paper, so thinner and easier to store.Even so it does not that you end up with the one painting to deal with. If you paint, or produce a lot of art then more of this stuff appears, using up valuable space in the studio, on what ever support is used. 
I am now engaging on a programme of destroying old, and some not so old stuff, just to reduce the pile of artwork which has seen its day. It is all properly photographed however, and the photograph is far more valuable than the actual painting. In fact I would presume a very high percentage of people would have seen the photograph of the art, than the actual painting itself. So I have destroyed these 7 (20" x 16) paintings and separated the materials, so that the canvas can go into the bin and I shall leave out the wood for a local person to use as fire wood. There are a lot more paintings to dispose of but the tip is difficult to get to, so I will get rid of them over time in this manner.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Mummy Awake - drawing vs painting ART

Mummy Awake - drawing vs painting ART

drawing vs final art mummy monster art
drawing vs finished art 'Mummy Awakes'
This picture shows a comparison between a rough drawing compared to the finished, digital artwork. The actual illustration is called 'Mummy Awake' and was completed in 2009. The first panel shows the rough drawing completed as done for the painting. It is lacking in any details as can be seen. The finished 'mummy' illustration was done digitally by painting in Photoshop. Most of the details and colour choices in the image are decided 'on the fly', but what is consistent however is the position of all the elements based on the drawing, which remain fixed within the composition.
The artwork can be seen in detail here.

Working on closeup 32

Working on closeup 32

A small snippet of a railway/ industrial painted subject.... 
 
M P Davey class 66 oil painting
WIP close up of fitter maintaining engine

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Warsash Coastline With Tide Out Hampshire WIP stages

Warsash Coastline With Tide Out Hampshire WIP stages

Hampshire Warsash path on coast WIP Martin davey art
Warsash Coastline With Tide Out Hampshire - WIP stages
This composite image show four stages of the painting 'Warsash Coastline With Tide Out Hampshire' which was completed over a few days in July 2017. The first panel shows the drawing, done with brown acrylic paint on a brown wash. The second panel now shows the the base or 'underpainting' applied to the scene. In the third panel can be seen the final colours and detail start to be added with the final, fourth panel showing the completed painting, which is all done in acrylics on stretch paper measuring 12" x 16". 
The location is Warsash, a small village on the mouth of the River Hamble in Hampshire. A cycle path is shown in use by a cyclist and some walkers as they enjoy the view on a cloudy, summers day, while the tide is out.
The finished painting can be seen in detail here.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Fishing Boat At Mudeford Quay - oil painting

Fishing Boat At Mudeford Quay - oil painting

Haven Quay fishing boat Dorset art by Martin Davey
Fishing Boat At Mudeford Quay - oil painting

In this painting can be seen a scene of some local fishermen chatting after working and off loading a catch on a hot summers day in august. Seagulls continue to circulate on the off chance of finding some of the catch left over.
The location is the quay at Mudeford, along Christchurch Bay, Dorset on the south coast of the UK. The Haven Inn is one of the small, listed buildings in this quay.
In the distance can be seen the town of Christchurch, across the bay. The painting measures 28” x 20” and is painted in oils on smooth mounting board.
The final painting can be seen in detail here.

my paintings - New Forest Open Art Exhibition 2017

my paintings - New Forest Open Art Exhibition 2017 

I have two oil paintings on display at the New Forest Open Art Exhibition (2017). The gallery location is The New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, in the UK. It is open from the 15 July to the 8 October, 10am - 4pm daily.
It is run in partnership with the National Park Authority and sponsored by ExxonMobil. 
martin davey New forest art 2017 ExxonMobil exhibition
My two oil paintings at the New Forest Open Art Exhibition
The two oil paintings on display are both based on sights of the New Forest, one showing two members of the huge horse population that roams the national park, and the other a shaded stream that backs on to a camping site, and which offers much pleasure for the children staying there.
New Forest Camping Fun - oil on board 20" x 28"
New Forest Horses With Light And Shade
- oil on board 16" x 20"




Thursday, 31 August 2017

Monday, 28 August 2017

Romantic Skeletons Drawing vs Painting ART

Romantic Skeletons Drawing vs Painting ART

finished art vs sketch M P davey horror skeletons
rough drawing vs finished art 'Romantic skeletons'
This drawing vs finished art comparison shows a rough drawing compared to finished artwork. The actual art is called 'Romantic Valentine Skeletons in Graveyard' and was completed in January 2014. The first panel shows the rough drawing completed. It is lacking in any detail as can be seen. The finished art was done digitally by painting in Photoshop, but there was no detailed drawing produced on this occasion. Instead the painting was drawn and designed as I went ahead with it, deciding on the details, lighting and colours as I went along. What is consistent however is the position of all the elements based on the drawing, which remain fixed within the composition.
The final art can be seen in detail here.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Working on closeup 30

Working on closeup 30

A small snippet of a camping in the forest painting.....
Martin davey painting camping fun art

 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Pines In New Forest Shade - acrylic painting

Pines In New Forest Shade - acrylic painting

Martin Davey new forest Pine trees painting
Pines In New Forest Shade - acrylic painting

A view of a pine forest is the subject of this painting, completed during June 2017. The forest is located within the New Forest, Hampshire, on the south coast of the UK. It is summer and the sunlight is unable to hit and illuminate the ferns on the forest floor, with just a few dabs of sun making it through in a few places. But it is cool with the tall pine trees giving shade from the heat of the day.
This pine forest view is painted in acrylics on mounting board, sized at 20” x 16”.
The final painting can be seen here.

 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Needles From Hengistbury Head - oil painting

Needles From Hengistbury Head - oil painting

martin Davey oil painting sandy hengistbury head
Needles From Hengistbury Head - oil painting
Hengistbury Head is featured in this painting done during May 2017. The location is on the 'spit' of land, near to the town of Christchurch in Dorset. In this coastal view we see the mixture of sand and tough grass that grows at such locations, with tyre tracks from bicycles snaking through the sand. In the distance and across Solent water are the 'needles' as featured on the coast of the Isle of Wight. It was painted and based on a photo taken on a sunny but cold December day.
The painting is done on stretched paper measuring 16” x 12” and is painted in oil paint.
The final painting can be seen here.

 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

New Forest horses with light and shade WIP stages

New Forest horses with light and shade

Artist M P davey oil painting horses in forest
'New forest horses with light and shade'  painting- wip stages
This new Forest themed painting was done at the end of June 2017. It features two typical horses standing on open ground within the national park, to be found in Hampshire, UK. The horses were not in the setting originally, but I felt the setting with the horses would make a nice picture, and is based on a location on the outskirts of a small town called Brockenhurst.
In the first panel can be seen the drawing, done in brown acrylic paint on a brown base wash. The second panel now shows the under-painting applied, done again in acrylics. The colours are darker than intended to work well with the final paint application on top. Moving to the third panel, it can now be seen that some of the final paint application has been done in oils, mainly on the top part of the painting. Finally the last image shows the completed painting, all done in oils on mounting board, sized at 16" x 20".
The finished painting can be seen here.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Working on closeup 29

Working on closeup 29

Snippet of a small oil painting featuring the Hampshire coast....
painting WIP warsash coastal hampshire art martin davey

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

New Forest Trees With Shadows - acrylic painting

New Forest Trees With Shadows - acrylic painting

 
martin davey countryside tree forest art hampshire
New Forest Trees With Shadows - acrylic painting
The subject of this painting is a section of the New Forest, near to Ashurst and the main railway line between Bournemouth and Southampton. The tall fir trees make a dark scene with the summer light falling across the view, highlighting the trunks and picking out details of the surrounding trees.
It is painted in acrylics on stretched watercolour paper, measuring 16” x 12”. It took a few days to paint but actually took a few months to complete due to other projects, and was not completed until early May 2017. 
The final painting can be seen here.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Beach Boat Under Cover - acrylic painting

Beach Boat Under Cover - acrylic painting

martin Davey boat on beach with covers acrylic art
Beach boat under cover - acrylic painting

This painting shows a scene at Hengistbury Head, near to Christchurch in Dorset, on the south coast of the UK. A boat, one of many at the location, is under cover and out of use on this hot summers day. The beach looks on to Christchurch bay, with the town on the other side. In the back ground of this painting can be seen Mudeford, a small town on the suburbs of Christchurch.

The painting is done in acrylics on stretched paper, to a size of 16” x 12” during mid March 2017, and can be seen here.

Spring Girl - digital painting

Spring Girl - digital painting

Davey cartoon illustration Girl in spring field
Spring Girl - digital painting


This humorous subject was painted during Febuary 2017, and features a 'Spring Girl' character in a field, during the season of Spring, and surrounded by flowers and insects of the period. It is painted digitally using 'Auto sketchbook pro' on a windows drawing device.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Fishing boat at Mudeford Quay WIP stages

Fishing boat at Mudeford Quay WIP stages

Martin Davey painting stages of marine fishing art
'Fishing at Mudeford Quay' WIP in stages oil painting
The above picture shows four stages of the creation of the painting 'Fishing Boat at Mudeford Quay, a marine scene set in Christchurch, Dorset. The first panel shows the drawing of the scene done in brown acrylic paint on a yellow ochre colour base. This is followed by the under-painting, done in acrylic paint which lays out the basic blocks of colour within the scene, which are deliberately painted slightly darker than the intended tone.The purpose of the under-painting is to give the final applied colours something to work against.
In the third panel work has progressed on to the initial oil painted colours, mainly starting from the top of the picture. In the final panel, the finished painting can be seen, which can be seen clearly at a larger scale, here. The oil painting is done on mounting board sized at 50cm x 70cm and was completed during June 2017.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Working on closeup 28

Working on closeup 28

A small snippet of a new forest based painting....
artist close up painting horses Davey

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Pines in New Forest Shade WIP stages

Pines in New Forest Shade WIP stages

Martin Davey new forest pines artwork in stages
'Pines in new Forest' WIP stages art
This painting was completed in June 2017. Shown is a shady scene in the New Forest, Hampshire with tall pine trees and ferns on the ground in the shade.
The first panel shows the drawing created in brown acrylic paint on a yellow ochre  base colour. In the second panel the basic tones have been applied as the under-painting. Moving on in the third panel more detail and lighter tones have been added, with the final panel showing the completed work. The whole painting is done in acrylics on a piece of mounting board measuring 16" x 20". A clearer view of the finished art work can be seen here.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Steampunk Giant Crab attacks Lighthouse - digital painting

Steampunk Giant Crab attacks Lighthouse - digital painting

Martin Davey steam punk crab invasion digital painting
Steampunk Giant Crab attacks Lighthouse - digital painting
This digital painting features a scene involving a giant 'steam punk' styled crab during a dull late afternoon leaving the sea at some remote coastal location. One of the few landmarks of the area, a lighthouse, is in reach of being destroyed by one of the giant crabs claws. Some men are seen running away from the menace, its objective unknown.

Painting of the fantasy/ scifi scene was done digitally within 'Auto Sketchbook Pro', during mid February 2017, with some final elements, and the colour regraded, in Photoshop.
The artwork can be seen here.


Saturday, 1 July 2017

New Forest Trees With Shadows WIP stages

New Forest Trees With Shadows WIP stages

Martin Davey forest art WIP acrylic painting stages
New Forest trees with shadows - WIP
The above composite image show the stages of painting 'New Forest trees with shadows', a shady scene set in the New Forest, Hampshire.
In the first panel the scene is drawn up in brown acrylic paint straight on to the stretched watercolour paper. Sometimes I do put a ground base wash of a single colour over the whole image area but on this instance I did not.The second panel shows the base colours added of the scene, also known as the 'under-painting'. The colours tend to be darker versions of the final intended colours and with few details added at this stage. The final panel shows the finished painting, with the final colours and details applied on top of the under-painting. The painting itself is sized at 12" x 16" and all the paint is acrylic.
The final artwork can be seen here.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Needles from Hengistbury Head WIP ART

Needles from Hengistbury Head WIP ART

Artist M davey isle of wight coastal painting WIP

This composite image show the development of the painting 'Needles from Hengistbury Head', an oil painting completed during May 2017. It shows the Isle of Wight, an island of the South coast of the the UK, as viewed from the mainland at Hengistbury Head in Dorset.
The first panel shows the drawing, painted in acrylic brown paint on a yellow ground wash. The second panel shows a later stage with the base under-painting applied showing darker colours of the final intended colours. After the under-painting comes the final oil painting stage over the top and in the third panel it can be seen that oil paint has been applied to some areas. The painting is also more detailed on this last pass, with the final panel showing the completed painting, done on stretched paper sized at 16" x 12".
The final painting can be seen here.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Working on closeup 27

Working on closeup 27

A small snippet of a marine based painting.......
martin Davey WIP marine boat at quay Dorset

 

Working on closeup 26

Working on closeup 26

Snippet of WIP an acrylic painting of a forest...... 
M p Davey artist New Forest pine trees WIP

Thursday, 15 June 2017

working on closeup 25

working on close up 25

Snippet of a small oil painting featuring the Dorset coast....
artist Martin Davey hengistbury head dorset WIP

Monday, 5 June 2017

Girl and Dragon fantasy - drawing vs painting comparison

Girl and Dragon fantasy - drawing vs painting comparison

Girl and Dragon fantasy - drawing vs painting comparison
The picture shows the initial drawing and finished painting of 'Girl and Dragon Fantasy' together. Both the drawing and painting are created digitally using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' app, to be found on tablets and desktop computers. To begin, the drawing would have been created with each object, for example the dragon, within the composition on a separate layer and cleaned up on a further layer until the drawing looks reasonably good to work from. 
After this step is done the sketch is then enlarged in Photoshop to the required output size and saved, and again each element is placed and painted on separate layers to make working on the file easier and more flexible, using Auto Sketchbook pro again.
Sometimes the drawings will be changed slightly, because it can be found that the content need some improvement The drawing is just to act as a starting board, so the subject to be revised when being painted would in effect be redrawn at the same time, rather than go back and alter the drawing level. It can be seen that there are a few subtle changes between the drawing and painting on close examination.
The finished painting can be seen here in closeup.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Bournemouth Pier late summer morning - acrylic painting

Bournemouth Pier late summer morning - acrylic painting

M P Davey artist pier Bournemouth Dorset painting
Bournemouth Pier late summer morning - acrylic painting

This acrylic painting shows the famous 1950s pier at Bournemouth, Dorset, found on the South coast of the UK. The painting shows a sunny morning in late summer, with the golden sandy beach that the seaside resort its known for, and some tourist enjoying the pleasant weather.

The pier, seen here from the Boscombe side, in its current form was built in the 1950s, replacing an earlier Victorian structure. Until recently the pier did feature a theatre (in the large building), but is now used for sporting activities. In addition other equipment for sporting activities have been added to the pier recently.

The 20” x 16” painting is done in acrylics on stretched watercolour paper, and was completed during march 2017. It can be seen in greater detail here.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Girl with Dragon Fantasy - digital painting

Girl with Dragon Fantasy - digital painting

castle with black dragon and woman painting Martin Davey
Girl with Dragon fantasy - digital painting
This fantasy digital painting was done during the latter part of January 2017. The subject is a girl armed with sword with a large black dragon behind her. In the background can be seen an abandoned castle.
It was painted using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' running under windows, with final grading and some extra textures added using Photoshop.
The painting can be seen in detail here.

Friday, 19 May 2017

working on closeup 24

working on closeup 24

 A small snippet of a painting featuring a forest in Hampshire...
hampshire forest WIP acrylic art brush painted
WIP hampshire forest acrylic painting

 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Beach Boat Under Cover - WIP

Beach Boat Under Cover - WIP

painting hengistbury head Martin Davey WIP acrylic painting
Beach boat under covers -WIP
This picture shows four stages in the creation of a painting called 'Beach boat under covers'. It is painted in acrylics on paper, and is sized at 16" x12". The first panel shows the drawing, drawn in acrylic brown paint on the watercolour paper which has been stretched. The second panel shows work on placing the base (underpainting) colours down, slightly darker than the intended finished colour.In the third panel we see the colours and detail becoming more refined, with the forth panel showing the finished painting.
The location is at Hengistbury Head beach, near to Christchurch, Dorset, with the water being Christchurch bay and the small suburb of Mudeford on the land beyond. 
The finished painting can be seen in greater detail here.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Southampton Artist & Artwork revised site may 2017

Southampton Artist & Artwork revised site may 2017

 During April I decided that some of my sites needed updating in that they were not compliant for displaying on mobiles devices such as phones and tablets, although they displayed fine on a conventional computer. This site was the first to be dealt with, being only a small one, and was built in 'Weebly'. It looks overall like the one it replaces and uses many of the same elements, but now is easier to view on whatever it is seen on. Some newer paintings were also added at the same time. The other sites will take longer to do as they have far more work to display.
The site is to be found here.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 05

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 05

All of the painted artwork has now been finished and the next step, as the picture show was to give each pig a coat of varnish. The varnish helps to bring all the colours and painted elements together. 
The pictures show the pigs prior to wrapping and dispatch to Gloucester, in west England. Here they will be placed in to a trail in the City called 'Old Spots Sculpture Trail, and is based on an old Spots pig named Henson. The trail runs from June to August 2017 after which the pigs are auctioned off for charitable causes. Further information can be found here.

Martin Davey Henson painted pigs
'Pigs may fly', 'Floating Floyd and 'Piggy Bank' pig sculptures destined for Gloucester 
M P Davey art work henson pigs varnished line up
'Piggy Bank' pig with gold and silver coins, ready for the Henson trail 2017
M P Davey Old Spots Sculpture Trail varnished line up in studio
Front view of all three pigs for the Henson 2017 trail in Gloucester
M P Davey henson pigs rear view varnished line up 2017
Rears of each pig for the Henson 2017 'Old Spots Sculpture Trail'
M P Davey henson pigs line up three counties show art 2017
'Pigs may fly' leading after being varnished

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Spring Girl WIP

Spring Girl WIP digital painting

sexy girl in field digital art WIP Davey
Spring Girl WIP digital painting
This picture shows 3 stages in the production of the digital painting called 'Spring Girl', a humorous take on a young woman picking flowers in the countryside. The image was done using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' running under W10, and I used a UGEE tablet (with built in screen) to draw on. The first panel shows the drawn layer using the 'pencil' tool. Once this level is OK, I then paint base colours underneath on separate layers under the drawing layer using the 'acrylic brush'. I then continue to work the painting up until such time that the drawing level can be turned off, as becomes a hindrance to seeing the painting itself and working on the fine details.
The finished picture can be seen here.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 04

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 04

M P Davey details penciled in on pigs may fly art WIP
initial start on the 'Pigs may Fly' pig

M P Davey start of painting on pigs may fly art WIP
first painted areas

The time had come to start work on the last pig, named as 'Pigs may Fly'. The design features various sizes of pigs, as silhouettes, and all done to the same basic design, flying upward through a blue sky and in to the night. The first stage was to draw out the design using a pencil, basically carving up the surface in to 'areas'. After that it is a simple task of then filling these areas with the predesignated flat colours as marked on the plan. However a single layer of paint is never enough so it is expected that two or more coats are to be needed. To help make the colours work I took time paint the sky around the silhouettes of the pigs so that they would take the colour better, rather that paint the pig colours over a sky colour.
M P Davey more colours applied pigs may fly art WIP
M P Davey some pigs now coloured pigs may fly art WIP
Some pigs now painted
A few extra details and some fresh painting had also been done on the 'Floating Floyd' pig, namely the cords running between the large pigs and the power station on either side and a small rope coming of the little pig floating away.

M P Davey pink floyd pig with battersea power station art
'Floating Floyd' with details added