Just to give you guys a little insight into how I begin work. but first! I DID NOT TAKE THIS PHOTO! I saw it randomly on tumblr and saved it but I have no idea who took it! :/ If anyone knows please send me the link so I can properly credit the photographer!
I get inspiration from pretty much ANYTHING! It’s part of the job. observe your world always! Sometimes an image will pop into my head from out of nowhere, other times it comes to me in dreams, or taking a walk, or even seeing something that catches my interest such as this photo. The thing that attracted me most was the bluish smoke and the embers. I imagined little fire sprites in the air.
This piece was just going to be a quick one for me just to do something different so I didn’t spend much time on it at all. It took me 2 hours. I always visualise things in broken up layers. I love working with my brush pen so I often draw elements separately and then piece them all together later. In my moleskine you can see the birds are drawn separately to the flames and the flames are separated from the vegetation. I also always try to keep in mind what I will do digitally. Because of this a lot of my sketches look so weird lol.
There you go :) I work in assembling the pieces, but I’m actually looking to work more with inks all together and then focus on lighting and colour rather than broken layers. We’ll see where life takes me lol.
** The Music of Stuart O'Connor
Go check this musician out. I love listening to his music while I’m working. :)