I just re-discovered my Flickr account, it has been sat there for 4 years, all empty and lonely – poor thing!
So, I guess I’d better learn how to use the site and put some photos up eh?
Thinking of starting a year-long project, where I can post new things I discover, create and capture.
I’m pretty excited, been needing a personal project to work on for a while now, perhaps I’ll get going on January 1st, if I learn everything by then
After hours of editing, I can finally share Espy Art’s new look, I do hope you like it:
I’ve chosen to keep everything clean and simple, with a little artistic touch here and there – with more exciting things on their way soon!
The old design was a little fiddly to work with, although I hope to bring back a few of its features as I develop the site
With each new makeover I try to link everything together so you never get lost in a sea of colour schemes, menus and templates
I’m pretty pleased with the brand new logo, it all feels nice and official now
Right, now I really must get back to doodling and continue to fill my gallery with critters
Have a great weekend
As my life is pretty hectic at the moment, I enjoyed drawing this moment of silence and serenity.
This design is based on my lurcher, such a lazy girl but I love her ^_^
Here she has stopped to take in the fresh air and sunshine, before sprinting off again to explore.
As you can see, I tweaked the idea a little to give the image a more relaxed feel.
I love that this could be a still from an animation – with this style I imagine it would be a lovely film to work on….
Look who’s back!
I felt bad for the lack of art, so I made a brand new background for the blog, neat huh?
You may notice this matches my website too, now everything ties in nicely.
Anyway, enough about that, you’re here to see more new designs so I shall provide:
This pup is loosely based on a four-legged family member from the past,
who has always inspired me.
The design symbolises all ‘bully’ breeds, and their loving nature.
I am a big supporter of these dogs, finding them to be the most loyal
and affectionate friends you could ever hope to meet
I remember doodling the quick line drawing, and being excited
to develop it into something lovely.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out, soft and gentle, just like the breed.
Hoping to do more in support of these dogs with my art, so stay tuned!
I like drawing cats, usually tall and skinny or short and plump.
This particular kitty has a hint of ‘Snowbell’ (Stuart Little) and ‘Salem’ (Sabrina). It seems I am heavily influenced by childhood memories of TV and film. Or it might be because I still watch the same things now!
As you can see, the eyes changed from my original design, mostly as I still struggle with overly cartoonish features -I blame years of working on ‘real’ animal portraits…
I realise that things have been pretty quiet on this blog lately. Truth is, I just haven’t been on many adventures, if any, and as a result have little to share with you.
I could post pictures of the meals I eat, the view of the street from my studio window or tell you about the weather, but I’m guessing that wouldn’t hold your attention?
Recently I have been working very hard on designs for my second website, which has rather taken over my life. But this is mostly me hunched over a laptop, so not much to see there.
Of course I’m still working on my portraits too. This side of my life fills my daytime, while my digital designs stretch long into the night.
If you’d like to find out more about my other work, just visit espyart.com and follow the links 🙂
Thanks for sticking with me!
As with most of my work, I start with nothing and gradually build up an idea.
This is no exception, I began with a white square on the screen and a brown,
charcoal-effect brush tip selected
After scrubbing out a background, I let my pen flow until this gangly hound took shape.
He is out wandering in the misty city, when a kind voice calls from up ahead.
A soft light falls across him as the stranger approaches, torch held out to guide them through the fog.
The story of these characters is as yet unwritten, perhaps they will go on an epic adventure?
Or just maybe, a cozy fire and a hearty meal awaits them…