Still Alive

Hello there!

Apologies for the lack of activity on this blog. Time ran away with me, life got busy, and all the usual excuses/ reasons happened that often make people forget to do things. So, in an effort to prove that not all of this time has been lost, here’s a couple of pictures I’ve been working on:

With the first image, I finally coloured in her cloak – woo! In all honesty, though, I’m not entirely happy with it. I’m thinking maybe I should add texture or clouds or stardust or something, I just don’t know what yet. I’m really happy with the second image though. In a contrast to the starlight girl (which is taking forever to do!), I developed, sketched, and completed the whole image in two days.

I really need to draw more dudes. I’m comfortable with drawing lassies, and I can seem to draw boys, but I can never quite get the handle of drawing an adult guy. I don’t know what it is! Maybe the eyes are too big? Neck not thick enough?

In an effort to practice, I’ve been working on another sketch. Hopefully he doesn’t look too young:

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It’s taken off a picture of Machine Gun Kelly, one of my favourite rappers. I’ve made his hair longer, but apart from that, I’ve tried to stay fairly true to the original picture. I don’t think I’ve done horribly, considering Pirates of the Caribbean has been playing the whole time I’ve been sketching, and usually I can’t concentrate with the TV on.

Until next time (hopefully it won’t be as long when I write next),

Ela

 

 

 

 

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Pink Stars and Ink

Hello there,

Just a quick lil progress shot of some of my originals I started a while ago. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still working on illustrations for the Elephant Press too, but I can’t show progress shots of them. Still, here’s what I’m up to in my original pieces.

I didn’t plan for a pink background (I’m not a pink sort of girl), but I actually quite like the outcome. Not sure what colour for the cloak (maybe blue?).

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This was the first time I used my green copic markers, and I’m really happy how they turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Always room for improvement, though.

I also inked my graffiti girl, though I’ve not gone anywhere near her with colours yet.

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Note to self: I need to draw more dudes.

Ela

Journaling

Good afternoon everyone,

I’ve been getting excited about my travel journal for the bike ride trip, and I can’t decide between these two specimens:

See, the wanderlust one is specifically about travelling and sight seeing and adventure, and that’s exactly what this trip is going to be for me. Yet, the leather bound one is beautiful, and it’s thicker too (which is good because I write stacks), but it’s harder to write in because it has no lines and the book doesn’t lie flat. The wanderlust one lies flat and has really nice lines in it, but it doesn’t have the cool factor of the leather one.

I don’t knowwwww.

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In case you haven’t been following me on Facebook, in September my big sister and I are setting off from Darwin (her on a bicycle, me driving the support vehicle). We’re travelling down to Port Lincoln, an epic trip that will take 5 weeks in total. We’re doing this to raise funds for beyondblue – we’ve already raised $5000, which is fantastic.

We’re aiming to raise $10, 000 by the end of the trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

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As the resident artist / writer, I’m in charge of keeping the travel log and documenting the trip. This brings me back to a very important choice – which book?!

In an attempt to procrastinate, I decided to at least get ideas up and running forย whatย to put in said journal (whatever one I chose!).

I’m excited so for this trip. I’m envisioning long, glorious drives with my amazing playlist, and sitting on the bonnet of the car writing and drawing while waiting for Bec to catch up to me on the bike. We’ll cook dinner together on her trangia. Star gazing will be done. Songs will be sung, and it will just be us and the hot wind in our hair and the hazy horizon that never ends.

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No rosters or timetables. Just glorious, unadulterated freedom.ย All of that, AND raising money for beyondblue? I can’t wait.

 

 

 

 

Old Poetry

Greetings on this cold winter’s morning.

So, the other day, my mother found an ancient autograph book / diary full of poems and odd little sayings. They were a source of much amusement in our lounge room, and I thought I’d share some ofย  them for a giggle.

There’s music in a tin can

There’s music in a nail

There’s music in a tomcat

If you pull his tail

And this cheeky lil one:

Rain is falling all around

Hide ‘neath your umbrella

Keep yourself from prying eyes

As you’re kissing some young fella

My personal favourite:

Two is company, but there were three

The maid, the parlour lamp, and he

Two is company, without a doubt

That’s why the parlour lamp went out

 

And there I was thinking that back in the day they were all so proper. ๐Ÿ˜›

Unfortunately, that’s enough procrastination for the day. I have a lot of illustrations to do and a deadline looming up, so I better get going. Big things are happening with Elephant House Press. Keep your eyes peeled!

Pencils and rubbers, here I come.

Ela

 

Shiny Hair

Hello there!

Just a progress shot of my wondrous starlight girl. I’m really happy with how her hair turned out. ^_^ I’m thinking of giving her a turquoise/ pale green dress, because purple and green look really pretty together.

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I’m really excited about how this will turn out. I still haven’t inked my spray can girl yet, but she’s on my list. I’ve been doing lots of artsy pieces for my friends, whether making birthday cards or wedding stuff (everyone’s getting married and have been requesting my artistry for sign making/ decorations. It’s been busy, but being wanted is never a bad thing ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Here’s a couple of bits and bobs I’ve done in the last few weeks. There’s a sign I painted for an engagement party, a birthday card, and a tiara for a hen’s night.

Also, exciting news, I’m working on a few concept sketches for Elephant House Publishing. I’m keeping them hushity hush, as these pieces will hopefully be published within the book I’m working with (if my boss likes them!), but I thought I’d still give my current project a quick mention. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Keep it peachy! Summer is on it’s way.

Ela

Winter

Hello, hello!

Well, the weather has gotten colder and the fiery tones of autumn are comfortably settling down. I always find, repeatedly, that winter is lovely in theory. It brings to mind cosy little coffee shops tucked away in the misty hills. You don’t care for the rain pouring outside, because you’ve got your hot chocolate, a scarf, and a cheery fire.

cosy

In reality, winter is just me complaining that it’s too cold and hurrying to and from the car while trying to avoid puddles and the flu. It gets dark too quickly, and I can never get quite warm enough. All of the woe.

too cold

Ah, the joys of summer and tank tops and lazy sunsets. How I await thee.

Keep warm everyone!

Ela

 

Lovely Words

Hello,

I’ve picked up more than double the amount of shifts I normally have at work, so I don’t have anything artsy fartsy to show today, but I came across this quote and really liked it:

ย “…even the traffic noise outside became a misty, rolling wash of sound.”

(Kate Rossmanith)

It paints a very nice picture in your head, I think.
Ela

Original Pieces!

Hello there,

I’ve done a lot of drawing this week. Here’s some progress shots. ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to have both of these fully coloured and finished by the end of this week. Thisย first one is based off a posed picture of me. It was fun working on the perspective, but it took longer than I anticipated. I haven’t gotten around to inking her yet.

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I drew this second one last night to chase away my melancholy from a disappointing evening. I wanted her to be filled with wonder and purity. Innocence and a care-free attitude are undervalued nowadays. People grow up too fast.

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I want to fill this picture with light and colour and stars.

Ela

A painted mess

Hello,

I know right, two posts in one day, how ridiculous.

I’m (slowly) working on another personal project at the moment, and since I’ve been doing progress pictures with my other pieces, I thought I would add the progress of this one.

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This wasn’t even meant to be a piece. I did this back in January this year, when I was going through all the ancient paints my older siblings used when I was a little kid. I literally put colours on top of colours and smooshed it all together to see if the paint was still alive, or whether it was too crusty to use. I chucked out about 14 ancient paints that day. The board I’m using I found on the side of the road.

Anyway, this piece has been sitting in my room for a while, and I’ve been trying to decide what to put on top of it. I’ve gone with my little skull and cross art-weapons picture that I fell in love with in my teenage years.

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This is the piece so far:

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I did this about a week ago. I have no deadline for this piece, so I may not finish it for a while, but I thought progress was still important to pop in. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ela