Doodle Flower to Beautiful Flower

thumbnail_20180613_204601As surprising as it may seem, when I’m not doodling dinosaurs and stick people for my own amusement, I doodle flowers. After discovering that half of my tubes of Gouache paint exploded inside the cupboard (it was like paint grenade went off in there), because of the recent heatwave. I decided to go through my book of doodles and use up the remaining paint, before I have to clean up anymore sticky rainbow coloured messes.

thumbnail_20180613_204210There’s quite a lot of flower doodles in my book, but this is the one I chose. It’s a pretty simple drawing of circles and spikes, but I thought I could turn it into something nice. I used a really light pencil, so I lined it with paint to make it easier for you guys to see.

thumbnail_20180613_204415People never really talk about how long it takes them to complete a painting. Maybe there’s some sort of strange taboo or fear of painting envy surrounding it, but I can’t see the harm in it. So, this the doodle after the first painting session. It probably doesn’t look it, but this is about 2 hours of painting. I have no idea whether that’s fast or really slow, but I’ve seen people spend even longer than that in a session.

thumbnail_20180614_141806It only took me 2 painting sessions to turn the doodle into a pretty painting. The second session did take a little longer, because of the details on the petals. However overall, that’s still a pretty short length of time spent completing a painting (my acrylic paintings usually take days to complete). The feeling of satisfaction you get after finishing and looking at the end product, so completely worth the time and effort put into the painting.

Gouache paint is really pigmented and fun to experiment with, but considering its price, its smell (it kind of smells funky) and the fact it doesn’t hold up in heat, I don’t think I would get it again.

Thanks for reading and hope you liked the flower.

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Cold, Lost and Left with Sal (Comic Strip Chapter 6)

We’ve gotten pretty far with this comic strip. We’re on chapter 6 already. I hope you guys are enjoying reading Cold, Lost and Left with Sal, as much as I enjoy creating it (Glob, I love drawing cartoon style).

Chapter 6: Gone fishing.

This Comic Strip reads left to right

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

The Drawing Style Challenge

I’ve seen this challenge done so many times and always wanted to try it for myself. But as usual, I didn’t have the confidence to give it a go. To tell the truth, I thought I wouldn’t be able to draw in different styles and would make a mess of the challenge. However, I’m trying a new approach, called self-belief and I’m now at least, giving the things I think I’m too rubbish to do, a go. So, without further delay I give to you, my attempt at the Drawing Style Challenge.

thumbnail_20180530_225246For anyone wondering what this challenge is about, it’s where you choose a selection of cartoon or animation styles and attempt to draw yourself in each style. I have chosen 6 styles and have used Gouache paint for the coloured drawing (because I need more practice with them). I’ve decided to be really creative with this challenge, so I hope you enjoy.

Tim Burton (Nel-Ward Scissorhands)

thumbnail_20180530_225515Edward Scissorhands is my favourite Tim Burton character, so for this style I went with drawing myself like Edward Scissorhands. While still including some of the trademarks of Tim Burton’s style. Hence, Nel-Ward Scissorhands was born.

Pokémon (Not quite right Charmander)

thumbnail_20180530_230037Why draw yourself as a human, when you can be an extremely cute fire-breathing pocket monster. I drew myself as a not quite right Charmander, because if I was a Pokémon I wouldn’t want to fight other Pokémon, to an inch of their life. I’d rather befriend the other Pokémon (hence why I drew the flower). I’d essentially be Olaf from frozen, in Charmander form.

thumbnail_20180530_225413Also, Charmander is my favourite starter Pokémon.

Adventure Time (Princess Blue)

thumbnail_20180530_230403As a style, I find Adventure Time very cute, creative and funny at times. I decided to keep in trend with the shows endless number of princesses and turned myself into Princess Blue. Also, humans in this show seem pretty plops, compared to the other characters. So, I wasn’t drawing myself as one of them.

South Park

thumbnail_20180530_231145I had a little trouble creating skin tone with the Gouache paint and couldn’t achieve that weird tone of most of the South Park characters. So, I ended up just settling with the usual paint combination, I’d use with watercolours. Other, then that little disaster I think I done an okay job of this style.

The Walking Dead Comic

thumbnail_20180530_232156Since the previous attempts went so well, I decided to challenge myself a little bit more. The Walking Dead Comic has some really cool art work and is something I really like. However, as I’ve learnt it’s a very hard style to draw in and all I’m going to say about this attempt is, I love how that sword handle turned out. Best darn sword handle, I’ve ever drawn.

We Bare Bears (Sun Bear)

thumbnail_20180530_233059Art style wise, I really like how We Bare Bear is drawn. For this style, I drew myself as a Sun Bear, because again why be human when you can be a cute bear. Also, I’ve recently learnt that sun bears are a rather short bears and are only around 5ft tall. I am also only around 5ft tall, so I can relate to the sun bear’s shortness.

 

This has been the most fun art challenges, I’ve taken part in so far and because of that, I’ve decided to make a part 2. I want to make sure this is still fun for you guys, too. So, I’m going to let you guys decide which styles I draw in part 2. All you have to do is let me know in the comments below, which cartoon, comic, manga, anime or animation style (or styles), you’d like to see me attempt next.
Thank you in advance to anyone taking part. I appreciate all your suggestions, very much.

As always, hope you’ve enjoyed this post and Thanks for reading.

Cold, Lost and Left with Sal (Comic Strip Chapter 5)

In chapter 4, I made a bit of a silly mistake in one of the speech bubbles. Apologies for that. It was one those times my dyslexia accidentally shone through and I mixed up the words “becomes” and “belongs”.
I know, I know. How the fudge does one mix up those two words, they’re nothing alike? Well, it’s because somewhere in my brain the wires crossed and under the pressure of being asked to produce the spelling of the word “belongs”, my brain farted. Now dazed by the power of the brain fart, my brain frantically searched through the archive of words beginning with “be”. Fatigued it desperately reached for the word it recognised as “belongs” (it wasn’t. It was really “becomes”) and threw this word to the eyes and hand writing the dialogue. All happening in a matter of milliseconds, the eyes and the hand went unaware of the brain’s silly error.

The most embarrassing thing about this is, I proof read everything at least 3-4 times to avoid stupid mistakes like this and I still managed to not spot it. It literally took some kind-hearted soul to point it out, for me to realise this mistake.
Long story short, I’ve fixed the silly mistake now and I apologies again, if this impacted your enjoyment of Chapter 4 in any way.

Hope you enjoy Chapter 5.

Chapter 5: The Knock of The Beast

This Comic Strip reads left to right.

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Hope you have enjoyed Chapter 5 and as always, Thanks for reading.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

Five Nights at Pikachu’s

One thing I truly love about WordPress is that you can share your art blunders, without fear of being torn to pieces.
I’ve been drawing seriously now for about 18 months (painting for 7-8 months) and every so often I still manage do something stupid and make a bit of a dog’s dinner of things. Usually I’d just laugh it off and put it down as a learning experience. But sometimes things going so horribly wrong, that the outcome is just too hilarious not to share and try to brighten your day/night with.

So, how did this wonderful blunder happen, you ask?

thumbnail_20180412_164605Well, I thought I could draw Pikachu from memory, without any type of reference. But sadly, half way through I got distracted and started thinking about Five Nights at Freddy’s. Leading to this beautifully disturbing creation.
But wait, it gets worse. Convinced I could fix this drawing with a bit of paint, I decided to whip out the acrylic paints and try to do so.

thumbnail_20180412_164856Yeah, I think I managed to make Pikachu even creepier. It now looks like it belongs in that weird corner of DeviantArt, with creepy mutant Pikachu and big breasted My Little Pony Pikachu. But sure at least, I got his body kind of right.

 

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed some more mini art and Five Nights at Pikachu’s has given you a good laugh.

As always, Thanks for reading.

Cold, Lost and Left with Sal (Comic Strip Chapter 4)

From seeing people go crazy over the smallest things the comment section of YouTube videos, I feel like I should put a warning before this chapter. Just in case someone gets offended at some very mild suggestiveness (emphasis on the word mild) and tries to scream at me in the comments. So here it is:

Warning: This chapter contains some very, very mild suggestiveness and the slightest show of skin (anime legs to be precise). If you are of an extremely sensitive nature and/or easily offended, you may want to refrain from reading this chapter. This comic strip is for entertainment purposes and not intended to offend.

Chapter 4: The Call of Home

This Comic Strip reads left to right.

thumbnail_6c9f706c-0090-41a2-9c37-be5a0f225e55thumbnail_93f429a3-4bcf-4d42-be4b-acf160066527thumbnail_04f09ee0-5ec2-460d-b8ba-38381e097047thumbnail_0426a813-a268-4a70-a788-c81ffdc62fc0thumbnail_93be3b8d-19b0-40e8-baab-def91dcdcd24thumbnail_e7f20dc0-6f8b-48b4-95e1-714433f956ebSo, that was chapter 4. Hopefully you’ve taken the body pillow in good humour and don’t want to verbally assault me in the comments (YouTube is a scary place. I once seen some poor wee guy get hounded by a bunch of social thugs, for having a cutout of his waifu in the background of his videos. It was so brutal).

Hope you’re enjoying this comic strip and as always, Thanks for reading.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

Liebster Awards and So Much More (Part 3)

I took a wee break there from responding to award, to get the comic strip up and running. It’s up and running fine now, so time to get back on track with responding to them all. This time I’ve combined Liebster and Unique.

Liebster Award

img_5527I was nominated this time by the brilliant Moyatori. Thank you so much for the nomination. I very much appreciate it and think everyone should show Moyatori some love and go check out their blog.

Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family
  • Ask them 11 questions!

Questions and Answers:

  1. What’s something you do under stress?

I doodle comical little drawings (like a T-rex destroying a building with its teeny-tiny arms or stick people doing weird stuff), to make myself laugh and distract my brain for the stress. It actually works really well, I would highly recommend it to anyone that feels a little stressed out. So, much better than giving yourself an ulcer.

  1. What’s your opinion on abstract art?

I love abstract art. Any piece of art that can grab peoples’ attention and have them staring at it in wonder, for a prolonged space of time, is truly amazing. There’s just something fascinating and very intriguing about abstract art.  (I also love Surrealism and Expressionism, for those same reasons).

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My attempt at abstract art. I call it Trippe Don Pain Tcans.

     3. What’s your opinion on poetry?

Saying that I’m from the land of saints and scholars, I also think poetry is amazing. It’s like wizardry with words. It’s kind of incredible how a few words used in a particular way, can be so emotive and thought-provoking.

  1. Do you believe in long-distance online relationships?

Unlike the tooth fairy, the bogeyman and underpants gnomes, I’m pretty sure they exist. Whether they work, probably depends the people involved.

  1. Do you think you should have a deeper understanding of your best friend or your romantic partner?

Not sure if you’d really want my opinion on relationships. I’m pretty much an idiot, when it comes to those sorts of things and once thought a good solution to this problem, would be to make my best friend, my romantic partner. Yeah, no surprise there, that didn’t turn out too good.26ec05f2-3a6e-4fd4-8161-55dba0b1df8b

  1. Favourite season and why?

Summer because it occasionally stops raining, the place looks very pretty with all the flowers in bloom and it’s not as cold.

  1. Which ancient civilization is your favourite?

The Incas. As a civilisation it sounds brutal as fudge and surreal with all the human sacrifices and stuff. But Glob, is it fascinating to read about, especially pachacuti (mad bas****). If you’re wondering who pachacuti is, here’s a little song to help you out.

  1. When do you think the world will end, if ever?

When the sun pulls the earth too close, to it great fiery surface. Causing the seas to boil and the land to become a fiery inferno. Killing every living thing on this earth. Eventually, the sun will obliterate our moon and rid the earth of it’s ozone layer. Under the pressure of our great fiery star, the earth will break and crumble into billions of pieces. Which will then be incinerated by the sweltering touch of the sun.
The good news is, that’s not going to happen for about a few more billion years, so we can all relax and forget about it.

  1. What’s the scariest horror movie (or any type of horror fiction) trope?

Anything with clowns. Clowns are just plain terrifying, with their sinister smile, showy clothing, big floppy shoes and creepy demeanour. I hate clowns, so much. Horror movies like I.T, can go fudge themselves because I won’t be watching them.1dd165fa-bd00-41e5-be68-90024e0a81cd

  1. If you murder someone, how would you dispose of the body?

Wow, this has taken quite the dark turn.
I guess I would try to necromancy them back to life while crying like a b**ch, because it would kind solve two problems at once. Firstly, no one would be dead and secondly, there would be no body because it would be up and walking about.

  1. If you murder someone, how would you commit the murder?

I’d kill them with kindness. I’d make them so happy that their heart would explode with joy.

UNIQUE BLOGGER AWARD

unique-blogger-awardThe Fantastic The Spooky Red Head nominated me for this award. Thank you The Spooky Red Head, I appreciate you nominating me very much and also think everyone should show you some love by checking your blog out.

Rules:

1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
2. Answer the questions
3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
4. Ask them 3 questions

Questions and Answers:

  1. What’s that one song that you like, but you refuse to admit that you do like it to anyone?

Love questions like this, because they really get you thinking about how cringey you want to go. I’ll be kind this time and not go to a painful cringey level, by choosing the Pokémon theme song.
In my defence, this song is awesome to exercise to or do anything to. It just so Glob darn motivational. Definitely my go to montage music.

  1. If you could pick your own first name, what would you choose to call yourself?

Hmm…. this is a tough one. I’m not sure if any other name would suit me, but if I had to pick a name, I’d change it to my nickname, Nel or Nelly.

  1. Do you have a favourite quote?

I have loads of favourite quotes, but my favourite Irish quote is:
“Níl sa saol seo ach ceo, is ní bheimid beo, ach seal beag gearr.”
– The Secret of Kells

Translation: “There is nothing in this life but mist and we will only be alive, but for a short time”. Or- “This life is only a mist, and we will live, but a little short time”. Either translation is acceptable.
It doesn’t translate that well, but when spoke in Irish it sounds a lot sweeter and more beautiful. It’s basically the Irish version of life’s too short to be worrying about silly things, what happens, happens.

Nomination:
I still have a handful more of awards to respond to, so I’m going to leave nominations until I get to the end.

Hope you enjoyed this post and as always Thanks for reading.

Cold, Lost and Left with Sal (Comic Strip Chapter 3)

This chapter is a little more serious than the last 2 chapters. I figured, if I’m going to make this a regular part of this blog. I should do a little backstory, to how Luke and Sal ended up together and should give the story a little more direction. I’ve still tried to add a little humour to the chapter. Hope you enjoy.

Chapter 3: Twinkle Twinkle Little Drone

This Comic Strip reads left to right.

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For Chapter 1 Click Here!
For Chapter 2 Click Here!

Cold, Lost and Left with Sal (Comic Strip Chapter 2)

Chapter 2: Splinter

Like the last chapter, this Comic Strip reads left to right.

thumbnail_99109d8e-2e09-409b-bb5f-229739b5b682thumbnail_85c19856-47a9-4435-9a03-02151400a328thumbnail_11cdf634-4278-4c0f-9ca3-f12670ff725dthumbnail_bf5ec72a-d30e-4145-87b8-daac05e0d997 (1)Hope you’ve enjoyed chapter 2 of Cold, Lost and Left with Sal. Drawing this comic strip digitally definitely seems like the way to go. I’m so much happier with how chapter 2 turned out. Still not sure whether I want to make this a regular thing, though.

Anyway, Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the next chapter.

To read Chapter 1 Click here!

So, I Made A Comic Strip

(Apologies for the lateness of this post, I was experiencing some technical difficulties, impairing my ability to post).

I’ve decided to take the plunge and try out the first of my ideas for this blog.

That’s right, I’ve created a little comic strip. It’s called Cold, Lost and Left with Sal, but I don’t want to ramble on, so I’ll explain how the comic strip is read, set the scene and leave you to enjoy it.

It reads left to right (Sorry if that’s disappointing, my brain would have exploded, if I tried to write/draw it like a manga). To make it easier to read, I’ve used block capital but in case you can’t read my rubbish handwriting, I’ve also put the dialogue below each page. Hope you enjoy.

Cold, Lost and Left with Sal
After a mysterious event, nearly all humans disappeared from the face of the earth. Now seemingly the only two people left on earth. Our main characters, the sensitive Luke and the peculiar Sal, must roam the earth trying to survive.

Chapter-1: All that’s left

thumbnail_20180423_094523Page 1:
Sal (the character wearing the crown): Thanks for waiting Luke,

Sal: I…

Sal: Here…. You’re going to catch a cold.

Sal: We don’t know what exactly happened, that day.

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Sal: There’s still hope of finding them.

Sal: Come on. We better get moving.
I have good news

Sal: The town’s only about 2 miles away. If we make it before night fall, we can sleep inside for once.

Luke (the spiky haired character): Sweet.
Hmm… wait. Sal, won’t you get cold without your blanket?

Sal: It’s okay, I’ll find another. If I get cold before then, I’ll just cuddle a stray dog or something.

Luke: Hehe… Gross

Sal:  If I get ticks, I promise to share.

Luke: You could always cuddle me!

Sal: No chance. I’d rather take me chances with the dog.

 

So, that was my first attempt at creating a comic strip. Hope you could read everything okay. Being dyslexic and having dyspraxia, spelling, grammar and handwriting are my weak points. So, apologies if you couldn’t read the comic strip for any of those reasons. The good news is, I’ve drawn the next chapter digitally and it looks hell of a lot better.

This has been one of those posts I’ve been uncertain about (so far out of my comfort zone and the technical difficulties didn’t help). But it was really fun to make, so I plan on making at least a few more chapters and we’ll decide from there, whether to keep this as a regular thing or not.

Thanks for reading. I’m off now to attempt to bring you the second chapter of this comic strip.