Friday, 23 June 2017

Working on closeup 26

Working on closeup 26

Snippet of WIP an acrylic painting of a forest...... 
M p Davey artist New Forest pine trees WIP

Thursday, 15 June 2017

working on closeup 25

working on close up 25

Snippet of a small oil painting featuring the Dorset coast....
artist Martin Davey hengistbury head dorset WIP

Monday, 5 June 2017

Girl and Dragon fantasy - drawing vs painting comparison

Girl and Dragon fantasy - drawing vs painting comparison

Girl and Dragon fantasy - drawing vs painting comparison
The picture shows the initial drawing and finished painting of 'Girl and Dragon Fantasy' together. Both the drawing and painting are created digitally using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' app, to be found on tablets and desktop computers. To begin, the drawing would have been created with each object, for example the dragon, within the composition on a separate layer and cleaned up on a further layer until the drawing looks reasonably good to work from. 
After this step is done the sketch is then enlarged in Photoshop to the required output size and saved, and again each element is placed and painted on separate layers to make working on the file easier and more flexible, using Auto Sketchbook pro again.
Sometimes the drawings will be changed slightly, because it can be found that the content need some improvement The drawing is just to act as a starting board, so the subject to be revised when being painted would in effect be redrawn at the same time, rather than go back and alter the drawing level. It can be seen that there are a few subtle changes between the drawing and painting on close examination.
The finished painting can be seen here in closeup.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Bournemouth Pier late summer morning - acrylic painting

Bournemouth Pier late summer morning - acrylic painting

M P Davey artist pier Bournemouth Dorset painting
Bournemouth Pier late summer morning - acrylic painting

This acrylic painting shows the famous 1950s pier at Bournemouth, Dorset, found on the South coast of the UK. The painting shows a sunny morning in late summer, with the golden sandy beach that the seaside resort its known for, and some tourist enjoying the pleasant weather.

The pier, seen here from the Boscombe side, in its current form was built in the 1950s, replacing an earlier Victorian structure. Until recently the pier did feature a theatre (in the large building), but is now used for sporting activities. In addition other equipment for sporting activities have been added to the pier recently.

The 20” x 16” painting is done in acrylics on stretched watercolour paper, and was completed during march 2017. It can be seen in greater detail here.

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

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Bournemouth Pier late summer morning - WIP

Bournemouth Pier late summer morning - WIP

Martin Davey beach dorset WIP art WIP
Bournemouth Pier late summer morning - WIP
The photograph above shows stage by stage work on an acrylic painting featuring Bournemouth beach and its famous pier during a late summers morning.The first panel illustrates a drawing, done in brown acrylic on watercolour paper, which has been stretched. The painted area is 20" 16". The second panel shows the base colours applied with limited details, some parts just having a darker than normal block of paint applied. The third panel shows the finished painting with the correct colours and details applied. The darker under-painting still shows through slightly the covering finished layers to give depth to the paintwork and colours.
The final painting can be seen here.

Friday, 21 April 2017

working on closeup 23

working on closeup 23

 A small snippet of a painting featuring a boat at Hengistbury Head, Dorset....
Artist m davey marine boat cover WIP ART
WIP boat under cover

 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

SteamPunk Mechanical Robin Factory - WIP digital painting

SteamPunk Mechanical Robin Factory - WIP digital painting

Artist Martin Davey WIP Steampunk robin fantasy art
SteamPunk Mechanical Robin Factory - WIP digital painting
This composite picture shows a number of stages in the creation of this digital painting, featuring a giant robotic Steampunk Robin, under-going maintenance in a factory.
The first panel shows the initial drawing using the 'Auto Sketchbook pro' app. Each object is  drawn on separate levels, often roughly at first, and then cleaned up on another separate level. After a suitable drawing had been created and the layout worked 'as a whole', it was then exported from the tablet (as a layered PSD) and opened in photoshop on a PC to enlarge it to the correct proportions for the final illustration, and then saved. After this stage the drawing is now ready for painting, and is opened up in the desktop version of 'Auto Sketchbook pro' on a W10 machine. From now on the artwork is painted using a number of brushes, using the drawing overlayed, as a reference. Again each element is painted on layers. Once the painting was complete some final regrading was done using Photoshop.
The finished painting can be seen here.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

City Invasion Furry Monster - digital painting

City Invasion Furry Monster - digital painting

Davey artwork of creature in city causing panic scifi
City Invasion Furry Monster - digital painting

This digital illustration features a large, black, furry creature terrorizing the residences in a major city during the 1950s. It may have been the result of some scientific experiment that went wrong, so the glowing, red eyed creature is on the loose, and seen here crushing a taxi.
The painting was done during late January 2017 using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' on a computer, with some final colour grading done in Photoshop, and can be seen in full detail here.

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 03

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 03

The project is to create three painted pig 'sculptures' as part of a street art/ trail project for the City of Gloucester, UK. The trail will be open to the public during the summer months of 2017 and then auctioned off for the benefit of several charities. Further details can be found here.
M P Davey pig henson money bank design
'Piggy bank' with painting almost completed
Work has continued to finishing off the 'Piggy Bank' pig and tidying up details. The pink coat of paint, a premixed 'Reeves' paint colour has worked well straight out of the pot. Originally I had thought about mixing it using other paints but in this case it worked well, as did the 'metal' paints used on the coins, again from Reeves. The black lining is a Daler Rowney system 3 heavy pigment paint. Now I was able to return my attention to the 'Floating Floyd' pig, based on the 'Animals' cover by the band Pink Floyd. This uses more colours than the other pig and some are premixed paint, and some mixed paint by myself. The pigs/ designs give the impression that is is just an application of one simple colour. However it is quite common to have to paint several layers (brush painting) to get a dense enough colour but unfortunately sometimes the colours are not flat, even after several coats, in particular when using ones own mixed paint. So I have found myself having to slightly change colours, using purchased mixed paint to an approximate shade, to get over this problem but I don't think that it would detract to much from the intended design.

M P Davey pig henson large pig illustration
Large cartoon pig design closeup
M P Davey pig henson animals power station floating art
Battersea power station on rear
M P Davey pig henson public art pig sculptures WIP
'Floating Floyd' under progress with the finished 'Piggy bank' to rear

Monday, 10 April 2017

SteamPunk Mechanical Robin Factory - digital painting

SteamPunk Mechanical Robin Factory - digital painting

Martin Davey mechanical robin in fantast victorian industry
SteamPunk Mechanical Robin Factory - digital painting

A large steampunk themed giant robin in in the last stages of construction in a Victorian type of factory. Two of the designers are consulting the blue prints while the machine itself is being filled with hot, pressurised steam, off a wagon that has been pulled in by two carthorses. One designer has a special magnifying eye piece, the other some communication apparatus attached to his ear. In the distance can be seen other parts of the factory with tall chimneys.
The painting was done using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' software during January 2017 for the initial drawing and painting. Final grading took place within Photoshop.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 02

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 02

  The project is to create three painted pig 'sculptures' as part of a street art/ trail project for the City of Gloucester, UK. The trail will be open to the public during the summer months of 2017 and then auctioned off for the benefit of several charities. Further details can be found here.
Martin Davey WIP painting piggy bank pig sculpture

The first image shows the pigs after delivery and placed in the work space. I will initially work on one design (Piggy Bank) with some work on the second (Floating Floyd), just to have something to work on while awaiting paint to dry on the first. The third will be left as is for a short while. The designs can be seen in an earlier post here.
The first process is to pencil out the design, using my 2D designs created in Photoshop, as a good guide to placement of the elements on to the 3 dimensional form of the pigs. Once all the elements of the design fit satisfactorily on the sculpture, I then tidy up the drawings, following which I mask parts of the design using masking tape, the reason being it helps to make painting sections easier, in this case the coins and lettering are masked out so as to make applying the pigs, pink base colour, easier to do.
Martin Davey WIP painting piggy bank pig sculpture ptre painting
Masking tape on some areas of the pig
From then on it is a case of straight forward painting each section across the sculpture, using acrylic paint, though it should be noted that all the painted areas typically needs 2-3 coats of paint for a full bodied colour, meaning that each sculpture is painted a number of times. For the painting of the coins originally I was going to use ordinary yellow/ gray colours but then came across the 'metallic' acrylic paint in a shop and thought that would make a nice addition to the paintwork.


Martin Davey WIP painting piggy bank pig sculpture
'Piggy Bank' and 'Floating Floyd' at the beginning of painting
Martin Davey WIP painting piggy bank pig sculpture
Metallic paint added for the coins on 'Piggy Bank'
Martin Davey WIP painting piggy bank pig sculpture rear text
Rear of  'Piggy Bank'
Martin Davey WIP painting piggy bank pig sculpture with coin closeup
'Piggy Bank' coin painted



 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Cute Gothic Horror Vampire Woman - digital painting

Cute Gothic Horror Vampire Woman - digital painting

Martin Davey artist vampire lady with bat
Cute Gothic Horror Vampire Woman - digital painting

This digital painting features a cute,gothic Victorian lady vampire, floating around in the grounds of a ruined church on night. With is one of her friendly bats on th is fine, moonlit night which shows up the stone sarcophagus that she has risen from.
The image was created in 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' on a windows computer during February 2017, and can be seen in close up here.

Mudeford Quay Christchurch from Hengistbury Head - acrylic painting

Mudeford Quay Christchurch from Hengistbury Head

 
M P Davey Dorset Mudeford Haven Inn art
Mudeford Quay Christchurch from Hengistbury Head - acrylic painting 20" x 16"

This painting shows Mudeford Quay, on the outskirts of Christchurch, Dorset. The scene is of the entrance to Christchurch harbour with the quay on one side and on the viewers side is Hengistbury Head with some children at play at the end of the sandy spit.

The dominant building is the Haven House Inn and as can be seen a number of buildings have a black painted side. However over the past few decades much development has taken place here as it is a very popular location for tourists. It is also a popular location of fishing and fishing boats can be seen unloading their catch during the day at the quay side. The small section of water is known as 'The Run', and is the only entrance to the harbour. It has been the scene of battles between smugglers and customs officers back in the 18th century. Despite its small appearance the water has an extremely fast flow to the sea and is a taxing route for boats and yachts, and swimming near this outlet is considered dangerous but a ferry links the two sides of the entrance and takes a few minutes. It is a 14 minute car drive plus a long walk to go around the harbour via dry land.

Christchurch Harbour is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The 352 hectare site is designated both for its biological and geological interest.

The painting was done using acrylic paint on stretched paper and has a 20” x 16” image area, and was completed during November 2016. The finished painting can be seen here.
#Christchurch #painting #mudeford #art #landscape



Tuesday, 28 March 2017

working on closeup 22

working on closeup 22

 A small snippet of a painting featuring the beach at Bournemouth, Dorset.... 
snippet of painting Martin Davey beach Dorset

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 01

Henson Pig Trail 2017 Gloucester blog 01 

I am to start very shortly on painting 3 pig sculptures. These will eventually join a number of others, also painted by artists, on a trail in the town Gloucester and surrounding area. The trail is 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.
I have 3 designs intended for the trail. The following images show the designs, drawn in Photoshop, of them from different angles. The designs were create and submitted during late Autumn 2016. 
The first one is known as Piggy Bank.

The second one is known as 'Floating Floyd'

The final one is known as 'Pigs May Fly'

The pigs are hollow and stand 1m tall approx, and will be painted by hand using acrylics.
piggy bank drawing henson trail Martin Davey
floating floyd drawing henson trail Martin Davey
pigs may fly drawing henson trail Martin Davey


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mudeford Quay acrylic painting WIP stages

Mudeford Quay acrylic painting WIP stages

This panel show work in progress over stages of the acrylic painting featuring a scene at Mudeford Quay, Dorset in the UK. The first section shows the initial drawing, done in brown acrylic paint on top of a reddish ground wash, which will act as a base for subsequent colours applied on top. The second section shows base colours, or underpainting applied, which are usually darker tones of the final proposed finished colours. In the last section can be seen the final colours applied and fine details painted in. The whole painting was done in acrylics.
The final painting can be seen here.
#artist #mudeford #Christchurch #WIP #acrylicpainting
Artist Martin Davey acrylic art landscape dorset coast
WIP stages of the Mudeford Quay painting.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

3 Paintings on display at the 'Steak of the Art', Southampton

3 Paintings on display at the 'Steak of the Art', Southampton

I currently have 3 paintings on display at the 'Steak of the Art' Restaurant, in Southampton,as part of the exhibition of the Southampton Art Society.
The restaurant chain specialise in exhibiting and selling original art, as well as providing a top quality dining experience, at each of their branches, the other two being at Cardiff and Bristol. The Southampton branch is at the Ocean Village waterside complex. 
The exhibition finishes on the 7 May 2017.
Martin Davey 3 paintings at southampton restaurant
Twitter posting of the event
The three landscape paintings of local, Hampshire scenes can be seen clearly on these links.
Two Yachts Receiving Maintenance In A Yard
Horse In New Forest
Lepe Beach Windy Winter Day




Sunday, 12 March 2017

Cute Gothic Horror Vampire Woman - WIP

Cute Gothic Horror Vampire Woman - WIP

victorian goth vampire in church art
Cute Gothic Horror Vampire Woman - WIP stages
This composite picture shows a number of stages in the creation of this digital painting, featuring a Gothic woman vampire with bat friend in the typical scene of a ruined church at night.
The first panel shows the initial drawing, each object within drawn on separate levels, often roughly at first, and then cleaned up on another separate level. In this case this drawing was created on a Samsung tablet running the 'Auto Sketchbook pro' app. After a suitable drawing had been created it was then exported from the tablet (as a layered PSD) and opened in photoshop on a PC to enlarge it to the correct proportions for the final illustration and saved. After this stage the drawing is now ready for painting, and is opened up in the desktop version of 'Auto Sketchbook pro'. From now on the artwork is painted using a number of brushes using the drawing as a reference. Again each element is painted on layers. Once the painting was complete some final regrading was done using Photoshop.
The final painting can be seen here.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

working on closeup 19

working on closeup 19

A small snippet of a painting featuring a quay at Christchurch, Dorset .... 
Martin Davey WIP mudeford christchurch harbour art
WIP of an acrylic painting of Haven, Mudeford Quay

Thursday, 2 March 2017

City Invasion Furry Monster - drawing vs painting

City Invasion Furry Monster - drawing vs painting

drawing compared to final painting Martin Davey
City Invasion Furry Monster - drawing vs painting comparison
The picture shows the initial drawing and finished painting of 'City Invasion Furry Monster' together. The drawing and painting are both done digitally using 'Auto Sketchbook Pro' software, found on tablets and desktop computers. The drawing would have been created with each element on a separate layer and cleaned up on a further layer until the drawing looks reasonably clear to work from. 
For the painting the sketch is enlarged in Photoshop to the required output size and again each element is painted on separate layers to make working on the file easier and more flexible.
Often the content will be changed slightly, because it can be found that the drawing is not that good but it is just to act as a starting board, so the element when being painted would in effect be redrawn at the same time, rather than alter the drawing level. It can be seen that there are a few subtle changes between the drawing and painting on close examination.
The final artwork can be seen here in closeup.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Lepe Beach Windy Winter Day - WIP acrylic painting

Lepe Beach Windy Winter Day - WIP acrylic painting

Martin davey work in progress painting Hampshire beach winter
WIP- Lepe beach on a windy day

Shown is a composite photograph illustrating work on an acrylic painting in three stages. The first stage shows the drawing, done in brown acrylic paint on a paper support itself painted with gesso to help the paper become more watertight. Usually I would paint the blank paper in a base 'ground' colour either orange or brown for example, to act as a base for future applied paint. In this case I decided to experiment and paint on the white paper.
The second panel shows the base 'under-painting' applied, generally darker versions of the proposed intended finished colours. The final panel shows the finished painting with the correct and final paint layer applied, using acrylics, with all of the details painted to to make up the finished painting, which is 16" x 12". 
The painting time itself was quite short but was done over a long, two week period because of Christmas and the cold weather in the studio space which prevented me from working on this painting over normally a few days.
The subject of the image is a beach at Lepe, Hampshire with the Solent in the background. Various people can be seen to be braving the cold, windy day for activities on the beach. 
The painting can be seen in closeup here

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Lepe Beach Windy Winter Day - acrylic painting

Lepe Beach Windy Winter Day - acrylic painting

winter day Lepe Hampshire beach acrylic art
Lepe Beach Windy Winter Day - acrylic painting
This acrylic painting was created during December 2016 just before Christmas. It is painted on paper sized at 16” x 12”. Shown is a scene on a cold, winters day at Lepe, an area of coastline on the South of England in the county of Hampshire. A mother and daughter can be seen on the seashore, a 'castle' shaped bucket to the side. On the sea can be seen a man on a water-ski being propelled by a kite. In the far distance past the active, wavy sea, can be seen the Isle of Wight. 
The painting can be seen in close up here.



Monday, 6 February 2017

Sea Water and Rocks - oil painting

Sea Water and Rocks - oil painting

This sea based painting was done during late December 2016. It features a number of rocks on the coast with the sea water hitting them and settling around on the wet sand. The rocks are of quite a light coloured stone and some have algae growing on them.
It is based on a scene observed at Mudeford, Christchurch in Dorset, on the south coast of the UK.
The painting is done in oils on an acrylic base. The support is thick paper sized at 16” x 20”.
The finished painting can be seen in more detail here.

seaside rocks with sea water oil painting by M P Davey
Sea Water With Rocks On Shore - oil painting