March 23, 2019

I have to be very careful how I say what I'm about to say... it has been brewing inside me for years, and has finally come to a point where I feel "maybe people just don't know they are doing it..." So I would like to touch on a few things that make being an artist very frustrating, and maybe you can relate to something... By the end of this post, I hope that I haven't offended anyone, as that is not my intension, but rather t...

October 11, 2016

Black backgrounds are so moody! I love the white misty backgrounds I have been going for in previous pieces, but this is something else.

I found it heightens the detail in the piece as every gap between the brush strokes became defined and obvious. Rather then having to build up and darken the paints, I was simply adding tone upon tone until it looked about right. I then furthered the detail by doing the whole process again but...

September 15, 2016

I have received a few tutorial requests for drawing lately... Although I can only talk about my own style and techniques I have taught myself over the years, there may be a few things that will help along the way. 

I have angled my drawings toward photorealism. This involves many layers and many hours. However, my favorite style of drawing is like the charcoal drawings of Casey Baugh and I have always longed to be able to do wo...

August 3, 2016

Stretching canvas properly is the next best thing to having super powers. There are some pretty sneaky tricks of the trade that I am going to be sharing with you, but I need to start with a bit of a disclaimer: I learnt these tricks while working at a framer. I've been doing it for years and so need to stress that these techniques are best performed by a professional framer, especially if you are stretching canvas that is high...

May 24, 2016

I think its best to start this blog by saying this: Painting this piece was rather odd... get the wine... and a funnel! (mum I'm kidding.. no wine bottles were emptied in the making of this piece)

 

So here are the colours that I used in this painting:

 

 

 Most of them were used regularly, others were on a trial basis and didn't make the cut, but alas were still part of the mix that ended up creating a tone somewhere in the painti...

April 20, 2016

 

The mastery of trial and error that I call my art work has lead me to the creation of a grizzly bear that I am proud to present to the world. I had never painted fur before, and so in my confidence decided after watching a few tutorials on YouTube that it would be a piece of cake. Wrong. So wrong. I have decided, in order to save another artist some time and tears, I would break down the process I ended up developing to creat...

August 24, 2015

 

I have come across many different opinions in the few short years I have been an artist, and to be honest, each and every one goes way over my head. But the most common statement I think most of us can relate to when it comes to contemporary art is "WTF?!"

 

                                     Art by Hikari Shimoda

 

As an artist, I strive...

August 10, 2015

Keeping up with all the what’s-happening around the place is rather overwhelming... BUT here are 4 sites that I would be lost without! The sites I have linked below are Australian specific, but gives you an idea of what to look for in your country (except for number 1 and 4, these ones are global and are awesome!).

 

 

1. Professional Artist Mag.

 

This Art Magazine is everything I have every needed for keeping up-to-date...

August 3, 2015

I love working in coloring pencils! I can get right into the details of what I see in the photo and can create as much variation in textures and tones as I dare imagine. 

 

It takes a bit of time to get to know the image, but once you land on the color pallet for your image then it’s away with the wind!! Here are some things I learnt along the way about working with coloring pencils that I'm hoping will be a bit of something swe...

August 3, 2015

It has been said somewhere that a full-time professional artist makes on average 30 art pieces per year... that is around 1 piece every 12.1 days... and that is impressive (take a bow if you fit that stat)! Imagine if they relied on the trusty dusty old candle of inspiration to remain alight the entire time to churn out their signature pieces? Well, I don't know about you, but I lost my candle at art school and in the proces...

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