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Halp…! My doodles are taking over!

Halp…! My doodles are taking over!

I love drawing.  Or should I say doodling.  It does seem more and more these days that the only time I do have for art is for sketchy, quick stuff.  I know that I should really spend more time,  but finding the time to devote to such endeavours is becoming hard to find.  Therefore most of the art I produce is quick – with no planning.

Is this a bad thing?… perhaps if I’m not careful, all my art will be a mish mash of doodley scribblings with not much substance to show for my talents.  I worry too that I’m not really progressing further with artist skills. In saying this though,  I had a look at some early stuff from 2009, and there does seem some improvement in my portrait creations.

At any rate, as I said, I really only create art/drawing/doodles because I enjoy it.  I’m not out to win any illustrative prizes or accolades.   So I guess I’ll just keep going the way I’m going – well maybe until I win Lotto and can spend all my day painting and drawing. 😉

Key to the Past

Key to the Past

So I have just had a lot of fun with my last unit at Uni.  It was Screen Production 101, and I was lucky enough to work with some great peeps along with learning how to operate in a TV Studio situation.  This included how to create a couple of short films and also do a little hosting number in our small TV Studio – complete with “green screen”.

Here is the first of my little short films we completed… and marks just back in… “high distinctions” for them all !! YAY!  So stoked!

TV Studio bit – Sandyland  – limited to 30 seconds or close to.

Key to the Past. – limited to 3 mins
The Synopsis
Sarah is late for an appointment. Nervous and excited she takes a deep breath, reminding herself that the key to her family history is just within her grasp. Sarah slows her car to a stop, the street is deserted and she is definitely lost. Her eyes search the empty street hoping to recognise a way back to the main road when the glint of something up ahead catches her eye. As she pulls up alongside, she is greeted by an odd little lemonade stand and its only inhabitant, a peculiar little girl. Sarah is soon to discover not only the way back to the highway, but a way back to her family’s past.

The last one was the group film we had to do.  Limit of 1 minute.
Soul Mates

Orange is the new Black

Orange is the new Black

Well shit… I’ve just discovered yet another fabo TV show, (just about done with Suits, Harvey ReOw!) and so there goes all my free time, drawing and painting until I get through this first season!  Black humor, fantastic acting, stories and lesbo action for something different haha.  Check it OWWT!

The Tattooed Lady

The Tattooed Lady

Having some more fun with Photoshop.  I’ve always liked dabbling, but after seeing what that guy ReplaceFace has done, I thought I’d step it up a little.  I can see a complete series occuring and it all becoming quite addictive!!

Here’s the first one – myself as the Tattooed Lady – in a full swing “Carnie Folk” feel.  I couldnt quite get the angle of my face quite right, but hey… gotta start some where!

If you have any idea’s or images to add to – let me know and I’ll give it a go!

Tattooed Lady, Photoshopped
Myself as the Tattooed Lady

Celebrities as neoclassics

Celebrities as neoclassics

Let’s face it, everyone has a favourite celeb, who to them is just their hero of all time.  Well a VERY clever artist has gone ahead and created a neoclassic styled image of  some the true greats, turning them into a heroic styled images.  (I’m sure they love it also!)

Steve Payne is the name behind these images, going by the artist name of “ReplaceFace” –  and by using the images of Russian Generals (originally painted by George Dawe during the period of Napoleons invasion) he has very cleverly  replaced these General’s faces/heads with some choice celebrity faces… the results are quite beautiful.

Check his work out at: http://replaceface.tumblr.com/ – where you can also buy them as a print or even an iphone cover at Society6.

Anyhow, here are just a few of my own personal  favourites that I’ve grabbed from his site, so please check his site for loads more.

I’ve also added a few of my own Photoshop alterations for fun.  These are just a smattering of what I’ve done myself over the years, (no where as good as his, der!) mainly for  friends who have well and truly deserved having their ‘mugs’ placed on some very obvious celeb bodies for fun.   Always gets a big laugh, and hey it’s a great way to polish up your Photoshop skillz! 😉



Ride a Random Rainbow Pony

Ride a Random Rainbow Pony

I’ve downloaded and actually paid for the pro version of this app.  It’s an a very cool drawing product for tablets, and I’m basically using it all the time now when sketching on my Samsung tablet 10.0.  Sketchbook Pro for Android

So many more features than the free version…. well worth the investment!

ride a pony rainbow

And the following song seems to go with it in my mind. =)

Coco’s Islands 2013

Coco’s Islands 2013

We recently went on a wonderful holiday to the Coco’s Islands.  I didn’t do an enormous amount of drawing, as I was too busy snorkling, riding a bike around the island…(and drinking Malibu and lemonades lol) This first doodle I created was on the plane trip over.

“Betsy Bigelow (came from the wrong side of the tracks) but could always be relied on to keep your secrets safe.” – This image may of been inspired by my reading “The Great Gatsby”- loving it so far!

Betsy Bigelow

What I did do whilst on the island was inspired from the ocean views across the road where we stayed, which was to die for.
“Ocean Madness”  I’m hoping to do a few more acrylic versions of something below that I can hang at home.

ocean madness

The next one I did, was as a thank you note, to the owners.  They graciously let us stay in their awesome home for the week for free.  We’re taking them out to a sumptious dinner tonight, but this will be greeting them as a little surprise when they go back in a week to their house.  Just the basic pencil sketch.  I was pretty chuffed that it came out looking a lot like them. 🙂

A small thank you note

This next image was created at around midnight on the flight home. We had spent an already very long time flying and as sleep was now not an option due to overtiredness –  so bashed this out to alleviate the boredom.

I was pretty pleased with how it came out, especially as I had no plan at all at what I was drawing! One of the stewardesses walking past commented on it, saying how much she loved it, blah blah….(I know she was probably just doing her job as the perfect hostie! hehe)

“Kaeyote Kat”
Kaeyote Kat

Here are a couple of images in and around Coco’s Islands.. which if you weren’t aware, are a very small group of islands, just near Indonesia, and next door to the Christmas Islands… both Australian territories.  We stayed at West Island, the main area where the aussies visit and live.  It is a truely wonderful place to go to get away from it all.  Our last visit to this island was about 23 years ago, and not very much had really altered.

cocos islands

Here’s some pictures of Direction Island… the most amazing place to go snorkling.
Direction Island - Cocos Islands


Take a Seat (Trannies Beach) @ Cocos
Take a seat

And a smattering of a few more images taken over there.  enjoy!!

The Early Years

The Early Years

I had to go through a bunch of old photos recently, as a close family member passed away.  I hadn’t looked at a lot of these old photos for so long, it was sad and yet happy to remember some really nice times with this person.

In doing so, I was transported back to an era of daggy fashions, innocent fun and simplistic good times.  You can see from these few shots, how my artwork today trys to incorporate a lot of the fun I had as a teen.  I think its the main component of my artwork and humour, and perhaps it’s my way of keeping my youthful ideals present in my life some place.  I hate getting old!

illustration friday – Future

illustration friday – Future

I haven’t posted in Illustration Friday in years!  It was a great delight to see this week’s theme to be so close to my heart! “Future”.

So I’ve chosen a character from the movie “The Fifth Element” – one of a fav Sci Fi style movies of mine and the whole family.

Leeloo played by Milla Jovovich is just one of the awesome actors in this fantastic story…. it seemed as good as any to draw, although Rachel from “Blade Runner” nearly took her place. (Sean Young)

I also mucked around a little bit in photoshop with colouring…. I hope you enjoy!  HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!  (clip from movie below!)

Leeloo - Multipass - black and white pencil
Leeloo - 5th Element - B & W pencil


Leeloo - 5th Element - Multi Pass - Pencil and digital colouring
Leeloo - 5th Element - Multi Pass - Pencil and digital colouring


Doodles & Creepy Sexist TV Adverts!

Doodles & Creepy Sexist TV Adverts!

Just some more Samsung Tablet doodles.  I really should start these earlier in the evening, I’m up till all hours trying to finish them off before my eyelids cannot stay open any longer!

Below some creepy, sexist and fun old tv commercials that were shown here in Oz.

Titled : Oh Darlinggg!

Titled : Menagerie

Check out these old TV commercials that featured on Australian(and US) TV in the 60s, 80s & 90s.  Crack up!  So un-doable now, imagine the up roar if this next one went to air now!