Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spacecraft has finally flown, to some fanfare and a lot of controversy the Virgin Galactic took its first commercial flight some weeks back. Aesthetically it’s quite a pretty thing, something that looks quite swan like and graceful. Finding a picture that inspired me – I created this sketch. There a few … Continue reading Sketching of Virgin’s Galactic Spacecraft
I’ve been working a bit on my sketching, especially with portraits as they’re quite interesting, my latest work was of a portrait of Scarlett Johansson. This was the finished sketch: The hardest bit I found with this is the charcoal pencils, the fine detail with them seems hard to achieve and I’m wondering if I … Continue reading Sketching Scarlett
After the fairly successful Horsehead Nebula I dived into a bit of planetary art this time the clouds of Jupiter were the subject. This took a fair bit of time this piece as the colours and patterns had to be shaped and merged and all of that good stuff. I’m quite pleased with this one … Continue reading Space Art – The Clouds of Jupiter
I had an urge the other week – that was to create the Horsehead Nebula, I’ve been shying away from digital painting and I simply decided to have a go and see where it took me. Taking a shot of it from NASA I painted, smeared and added stars and all of that – piled … Continue reading Space Art – The Horsehead Nebula
As part of my aim to create more art in both digital and traditional ways I wanted to re-create the space scene that I use quite a lot on my site and see how well I could make it using what I had. Unlike the previous times I have created planet rings I didn’t take … Continue reading Space Art – Saturn and the Distant Sun
I’ve had a picture of this car for ages, it’s so bright and red and the shine on it was amazing – I wanted to draw it or at least have a go. I don’t know why it’s one of those itches I think someone who does art gets… This is how it went. I … Continue reading Color Sketching an Alfa Romeo
I’ve been playing with overlays again. This time I’ve overlayed the Gargantua black hole from Interstellar. What do ya think? I might try getting more daring with these… See what I can find.
I’ve been very much in a creative lull lately. Since pretty much the beginning of the year I’ve hardly written, drawn, sketched or done any digital art… I needed to rejuvenate my creativeness. So I looked about a bit and I found myself a book on creating Sci-Fi concepts! Mechanika from Doug Chiang is packed … Continue reading Drawing Sci-Fi and finding Imagination
I’ve been having a play, merging my pictures with images from others to overlay them and create something kinda cool. What do we think about seeing Saturn at sunset over the horizon. I made a few pictures of this, which one is best do you think? Saturn from Cassini (Credit NASA / JPL) overlayed onto … Continue reading Image Overlays – Saturn at Sunset
I’ve been having a play, merging my pictures with images from others to overlay them and create something kinda cool. This one is of Neptune and Triton taken from Voyager 2 overlayed onto a sunset picture that I took. What do you think?
For Kate’s Comic Relief Isolation Fun I thought I would see what I could do – as a first attempt I came up with this: Enjoy! I hope you’re all well.
Hello everyone, I was going to share this ages ago – I have no idea what got in the way but it did. Anyway I created a howling wolf scene that had been stuck in my head. You know like sometimes you have something in your mind and you have to create it? Like scratching … Continue reading Icy Moonlit Wolf Scene
As it’s Halloween month I thought I would create some seasonal drawings. This pumpkin drawing is a simple and quick little sketch that quite cool. Layers Use the layer tool to create different layers for all the different drawing elements, this will help greatly in putting everything in the right order. Find it under Layer … Continue reading Digital Art with InkScape – The Spooky Scene
As it’s Halloween month I thought I would create some seasonal drawings. I’m building up a spooky Halloween scene to go with my Ghost Called Bob stories. I’ve written one every year for a few years now and I’ve had to use an image that wasn’t my own… until now. Anyway, for this image I … Continue reading Digital Art with InkScape – Drawing a Bat
As it’s Halloween month I thought I would create some seasonal drawings. This pumpkin drawing is a simple and quick little sketch that quite cool. Pumpkin Body Create a shape like this from a rectangle. Pumpkin Body 2 Create another rectangle shape like this. Merge the Body Lay one over the other. The Stalk The … Continue reading Digital Art with InkScape – Drawing a Pumpkin
Ever thought about drawing some grass? Me neither until recently but I’ve found a cool way to do it in Inkscape. Have a look: Create the Blade With the pen tool draw a line with the line shape set to Triangle Out. Bend the Brass Using the Nodes tool click on the grass in the … Continue reading Digital Art with InkScape – Drawing Grass the Easy Way
When I first looked at InkScape as a graphical design tool I was bit disappointed with the shapes I thought were on offer. But as it turns out I was a bit hasty. After having a little play I’ve found they have a few shape tools with a lot of power. Rectangles and Squares A … Continue reading Digital Art with InkScape – Drawing Shapes
Hello everyone, as you might have guessed from the title I’ve been doing some doodling. I’ve not been able to dedicate much time to big designs so I’ve been having a play with what I can do in about an hour or less. These are what I’ve come up with: This came straight out of … Continue reading I’ve Been Doing a Bit of Doodling
I have had a little break from the human face and wanted to draw something more mechanical. So I have stored a few pictures for inspiration and I found an Aston Martin to draw. One thing I have found with art that is useful is to start with a basic shape and then modify to … Continue reading Simon’s Sketch Work – The Aston Martin
As my regular bloggies know I’ve been messing about with art work for over a year now and with this I’ve been sketching out ideas and transferring them to digital and doing fun things. But I’ve also wanted to improve my sketching. So I’ve looked on Youtube on how to draw the human face and … Continue reading Simon’s Sketch Work – Drawing the Human Face
From the Earth, to the Sun and out towards the great interstellar unknown every object has it’s story. All these things making up the universe, our solar system and life on Earth is as much a part of this great infinite clockwork. In fact the word Cosmos means the universe as a complex, ordered entity, … Continue reading The Cosmic Chronicles – The Living System
Science fiction stories regularly delve into the realm of robots or computers running humans and their societies and it’s an interesting concept. In the last post on this AI was briefly introduced and in essence what it does and can mean for the human race. The rest of the posts in the series will look … Continue reading Science Fiction Concepts – Artificial Intelligence & Enhancing Human Capability
From the Earth, to the Sun and out towards the great interstellar unknown every object has it’s story. All these things making up the universe, our solar system and life on Earth is as much a part of this great infinite clockwork. In fact the word Cosmos means the universe as a complex, ordered entity, … Continue reading The Cosmic Chronicles – One Droplet in the Infinite