Stormy Seas

update on the MATS Bootcamp June Nautical project…

still very much ‘work in progress’… I like some of the waves but too messy in sections and the white outline does suit some bits and not others… I still have to change that horrid umbrella… might have to get rid of the shadows as they are far too harsh.

 

Octopus drowning his sorrows before drowning in stormy weather...
Octopus drowning his sorrows before drowning in stormy weather…

 

 

as the brief is for wall art and something was mentioned about mounted on a wood panel? (I need to double check that but too tired right now… it’s 4.40am)

I thought I’d try a version that doesn’t have the character and just the boat and waves… wondering if it should have some text even if it’s just the name on the boat… ‘dream’, ‘escape’, ‘sail away’ …

I need to rest my eyes and sleep on it…

boat on stormy seas illustration.
boat on stormy seas illustration.

version with the octopus drunk… don’t like his expression anymore … maybe the jumper is needed???

Octopus in a boat on stormy seas illustration.
Octopus in a boat on stormy seas illustration.

MATS Bootcamp June 2014

Last Monday we were asked to doodle nautical type icons… think bottle in a ship.

I as always, have to run off and go overboard (‘scuse the pun) and got stuck in one idea.. yes, I did other doodles but Nautical is done so much it’s not easy to be original and I really wanted to see my little drunk Octopus character come to life (before he drowned!!).

This little guy is drowning his sorrows before he drowns!

Octopus sketch
Octopus sketch

initial vector lines started… didn’t like the tentacles or eyes at all…

initial illustrator paths
initial illustrator paths

so I started the illustrator part again…

Octopus in Illustrator (mobile pic)
Octopus in Illustrator (mobile pic)

 

I then transferred the vector forms separately to photoshop for textures and colours.

not sure what happened to the umbrella… looks terrible.

also still have to do the startled starfish who I think will be in the crows-nest rather than the boat front… I’ve change my mind on this impromptu figurehead stance!

I’m also debating as to whether he has a jumper… yellow, knitted and stripy… hmmm…

Octopus in boat illustration
WIP – still have yet to do the actual sea waves… and startled starfish!

Today we received news that our nautical doodles to be laid out as wall art… and distressed wood type base?
I know how to transfer photos to other surfaces so I might actually try adding my final design (not the above illustration though) to a piece of wood – I’ve actually just painted backgrounds on canvases but those are for other ideas.

It’s a shame the bottom left small square canvas got ruined… I needed to change my ink as it wasn’t saturated enough to transfer… I print onto tracing paper which helps keep the ink wet then onto a gel medium base on the canvas… also if you have used gold ink for the base I recommend adding a clear gesso or layer of gel medium to that to stop it peeling off… oh well, all in the name of experimenting (I’m not that experienced at mixed media)

Painted Canvases
Painted Canvases

(mobile phone pic)

Close up of one of the canvases...  like this one the most!
Close up of one of the canvases… like this one the most! (mobile phone pic)

Threadless Tesla Pup T-shirt

I put my little Pup on Threadless… so if you feel like voting then please be my guest 😀

just click on the pic below and click on 4 or 5… if you want to click on 1 or 2 then errrr… don’t!

Tesla Pups Threadless T-shirt
Tesla Pups Threadless T-shirt

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