Monday, 22 May 2017

Girl with Dragon Fantasy - digital painting

Girl with Dragon Fantasy - digital painting

castle with black dragon and woman painting Martin Davey
Girl with Dragon fantasy - digital painting
This fantasy digital painting was done during the latter part of January 2017. The subject is a girl armed with sword with a large black dragon behind her. In the background can be seen an abandoned castle.
It was painted using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' running under windows, with final grading and some extra textures added using Photoshop.
The painting can be seen in detail here.

Friday, 19 May 2017

working on closeup 24

working on closeup 24

 A small snippet of a painting featuring a forest in Hampshire...
hampshire forest WIP acrylic art brush painted
WIP hampshire forest acrylic painting

 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Beach Boat Under Cover - WIP

Beach Boat Under Cover - WIP

painting hengistbury head Martin Davey WIP acrylic painting
Beach boat under covers -WIP
This picture shows four stages in the creation of a painting called 'Beach boat under covers'. It is painted in acrylics on paper, and is sized at 16" x12". The first panel shows the drawing, drawn in acrylic brown paint on the watercolour paper which has been stretched. The second panel shows work on placing the base (underpainting) colours down, slightly darker than the intended finished colour.In the third panel we see the colours and detail becoming more refined, with the forth panel showing the finished painting.
The location is at Hengistbury Head beach, near to Christchurch, Dorset, with the water being Christchurch bay and the small suburb of Mudeford on the land beyond. 
The finished painting can be seen in greater detail here.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Southampton Artist & Artwork revised site may 2017

Southampton Artist & Artwork revised site may 2017

 During April I decided that some of my sites needed updating in that they were not compliant for displaying on mobiles devices such as phones and tablets, although they displayed fine on a conventional computer. This site was the first to be dealt with, being only a small one, and was built in 'Weebly'. It looks overall like the one it replaces and uses many of the same elements, but now is easier to view on whatever it is seen on. Some newer paintings were also added at the same time. The other sites will take longer to do as they have far more work to display.
The site is to be found here.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 05

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 05

All of the painted artwork has now been finished and the next step, as the picture show was to give each pig a coat of varnish. The varnish helps to bring all the colours and painted elements together. 
The pictures show the pigs prior to wrapping and dispatch to Gloucester, in west England. Here they will be placed in to a trail in the City called 'Old Spots Sculpture Trail, and is based on an old Spots pig named Henson. The trail runs from June to August 2017 after which the pigs are auctioned off for charitable causes. Further information can be found here.

Martin Davey Henson painted pigs
'Pigs may fly', 'Floating Floyd and 'Piggy Bank' pig sculptures destined for Gloucester 
M P Davey art work henson pigs varnished line up
'Piggy Bank' pig with gold and silver coins, ready for the Henson trail 2017
M P Davey Old Spots Sculpture Trail varnished line up in studio
Front view of all three pigs for the Henson 2017 trail in Gloucester
M P Davey henson pigs rear view varnished line up 2017
Rears of each pig for the Henson 2017 'Old Spots Sculpture Trail'
M P Davey henson pigs line up three counties show art 2017
'Pigs may fly' leading after being varnished

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Spring Girl WIP

Spring Girl WIP digital painting

sexy girl in field digital art WIP Davey
Spring Girl WIP digital painting
This picture shows 3 stages in the production of the digital painting called 'Spring Girl', a humorous take on a young woman picking flowers in the countryside. The image was done using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' running under W10, and I used a UGEE tablet (with built in screen) to draw on. The first panel shows the drawn layer using the 'pencil' tool. Once this level is OK, I then paint base colours underneath on separate layers under the drawing layer using the 'acrylic brush'. I then continue to work the painting up until such time that the drawing level can be turned off, as becomes a hindrance to seeing the painting itself and working on the fine details.
The finished picture can be seen here.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 04

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 04

M P Davey details penciled in on pigs may fly art WIP
initial start on the 'Pigs may Fly' pig

M P Davey start of painting on pigs may fly art WIP
first painted areas

The time had come to start work on the last pig, named as 'Pigs may Fly'. The design features various sizes of pigs, as silhouettes, and all done to the same basic design, flying upward through a blue sky and in to the night. The first stage was to draw out the design using a pencil, basically carving up the surface in to 'areas'. After that it is a simple task of then filling these areas with the predesignated flat colours as marked on the plan. However a single layer of paint is never enough so it is expected that two or more coats are to be needed. To help make the colours work I took time paint the sky around the silhouettes of the pigs so that they would take the colour better, rather that paint the pig colours over a sky colour.
M P Davey more colours applied pigs may fly art WIP
M P Davey some pigs now coloured pigs may fly art WIP
Some pigs now painted
A few extra details and some fresh painting had also been done on the 'Floating Floyd' pig, namely the cords running between the large pigs and the power station on either side and a small rope coming of the little pig floating away.

M P Davey pink floyd pig with battersea power station art
'Floating Floyd' with details added