The blog of David Michael Wright - Freelance Illustrator

Hello, and welcome to my humble blog!

If you too like the drag of Graphite on Paper, can appreciate the flick of a well executed Brushstroke, and like I favour subjects of the Dark and the Monstrous, the Weird and the Wonderful, the Abominable, Diabolical, Fantastic, Dramatic, Adventurous, Ghastly, Nightmarish and Phantasmagorical!

…Or like myself, seek to devour all sources of the Technical, Practical, Methodical and Inspirational!

Then perhaps this blog is for you.

It is (I hope) to become a progressive ongoing account of my endeavours as a Freelance Illustrator specialising in mainly the Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror art genres. As is always the case (except perhaps on Sundays) I will do my very best and veritably strain heart and nerve and sinew to write a faithful accounting of all my latest Discoveries, Resources, Technical Explorations and Inspirations, in addition of course to featuring regular posts of my current Creative Exploits and Works in Progress.


Friday, 29 April 2011

New Paintin' - Pandora's Box

Title - Pandora's Box
Client - Portfolio Work
Media - Acrylic on Bristol Board
Original Artwork for Sale - Currently Unavailable

I've been playing around with a slightly more watercolouresque approach to my acrylic painting of late. I love the vibrancy, delicacy, and immediacy of watercolour painting, and would really like to assimilate some of these fine qualities into my work.
I'm pretty pleased with how this endeavour is working out so far and I definitely think I will continue to begin my future pieces in a watercolour like way - Using gradated build ups of thin washes in the wet. I'm finding that this method is not something that will be limiting or will come at the cost of losing some other capacity, as it will combine with thicker opaque uses of paint too, and I can still easily opaquely paint over any element any time I feel it necessary, the watercolour style build up just lets me sort of 'feel out' and develop the image in a steady (and surprisingly rapid) but subtle way during the early stages.

I did this particular piece by initially penciling the image in first on stretched bristol board, I then went on to block in all the key shadows (in the appropriate values) and began building up washes of colour(in the wet) over this foundation. When I was happy with the colour, I proceeded to build up detail over various areas more opaquely and subsequently went on to add any necessary glazes and tints to adjust areas of shadow and light where it seemed appropriate.

"One who fears failure limits his activities.
Failure is only the opportunity to more
intelligently begin again."
- Henry Ford, American Industrialist (1863 – 1947)