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.


Monday, 28 February 2011

Tea-Break Sketches - 6 (New Brushpen!)

I bought a brushpen this week! The loose thinking behind this purchase was that I normally do my B&W illustration work with a brush and a pot of ink (Windsor and Newton Series 7 size 2 & Daler FW black ink), and thought it would be really great if I could get a similar feel to that media in the more accessable and relaxed form of a pen for drawing and sketching.

I chose a Pentel brushpen as it looked the business in the photo, and I'm really happy with it so far, it is comfortable to use and produces nice variable lines depending on the pressure applied, and the water resistant pigment ink is a really strong opaque black. It's exactly like using a high quality synthetic brush with a good ink.

So this weeks Pen sketches were done with the brush pen in combination with a standard pigment line pen (for uniform tone areas). I'm liking this combo at the moment (It has possibilities!), though this page itself is a bit tight tentative and over worked in places (They're looking a little more like rendered drawings than sketches at the moment.. . but.. well - what the heck! :). I think the warrior mouse is my personal favourite this week.

More soon!

"Draw every day for at least half an hour. If you don't feel like it then draw until you do."

- Unknown Source

Friday, 18 February 2011

Tea-Break Sketches - 5

This weeks veritable smorgasbord of random pen sketching practice efforts!

As always - More soon!

"A drawing a day keeps the cobwebs away."

- Robert Genn, Canadian Artist (1936-)

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Tea-Break Sketches - 4

Decided to experiment trimming down on pens a little this week, all of these sketches are done with a very light lettraset promarker warm grey no 1 (to ghost out the shape/form) and then a black 'flowy' pigmented line pen to ink them in (On the previous T.B.S pages I also included use of a lettraset black marker too). I thought by removing the black chisel marker I might try out some suggestions of reflected light in the shadow areas using some condensed cross hatching as opposed to them just being blocked in with solid black marker. This method seems to work ok, but takes longer and definitely has a more overly 'worked' look to it, which perhaps comes at the cost of immediacy and freshness. I'll probably zip back and forth with equipment and technique ideas, trying this and that (working within the set boundairies of these being pen sketching practice excercises) over the weeks. I'd really like to have a go with one of those brush-pen markers in the near future too.

More soon!

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad."

- Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)