Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Working on closeup 30

Working on closeup 30

A small snippet of a camping in the forest painting.....
Martin davey painting camping fun art

 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Pines In New Forest Shade - acrylic painting

Pines In New Forest Shade - acrylic painting

Martin Davey new forest Pine trees painting
Pines In New Forest Shade - acrylic painting

A view of a pine forest is the subject of this painting, completed during June 2017. The forest is located within the New Forest, Hampshire, on the south coast of the UK. It is summer and the sunlight is unable to hit and illuminate the ferns on the forest floor, with just a few dabs of sun making it through in a few places. But it is cool with the tall pine trees giving shade from the heat of the day.
This pine forest view is painted in acrylics on mounting board, sized at 20” x 16”.
The final painting can be seen here.

 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Needles From Hengistbury Head - oil painting

Needles From Hengistbury Head - oil painting

martin Davey oil painting sandy hengistbury head
Needles From Hengistbury Head - oil painting
Hengistbury Head is featured in this painting done during May 2017. The location is on the 'spit' of land, near to the town of Christchurch in Dorset. In this coastal view we see the mixture of sand and tough grass that grows at such locations, with tyre tracks from bicycles snaking through the sand. In the distance and across Solent water are the 'needles' as featured on the coast of the Isle of Wight. It was painted and based on a photo taken on a sunny but cold December day.
The painting is done on stretched paper measuring 16” x 12” and is painted in oil paint.
The final painting can be seen here.

 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

New Forest horses with light and shade WIP stages

New Forest horses with light and shade

Artist M P davey oil painting horses in forest
'New forest horses with light and shade'  painting- wip stages
This new Forest themed painting was done at the end of June 2017. It features two typical horses standing on open ground within the national park, to be found in Hampshire, UK. The horses were not in the setting originally, but I felt the setting with the horses would make a nice picture, and is based on a location on the outskirts of a small town called Brockenhurst.
In the first panel can be seen the drawing, done in brown acrylic paint on a brown base wash. The second panel now shows the under-painting applied, done again in acrylics. The colours are darker than intended to work well with the final paint application on top. Moving to the third panel, it can now be seen that some of the final paint application has been done in oils, mainly on the top part of the painting. Finally the last image shows the completed painting, all done in oils on mounting board, sized at 16" x 20".
The finished painting can be seen here.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Working on closeup 29

Working on closeup 29

Snippet of a small oil painting featuring the Hampshire coast....
painting WIP warsash coastal hampshire art martin davey

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

New Forest Trees With Shadows - acrylic painting

New Forest Trees With Shadows - acrylic painting

 
martin davey countryside tree forest art hampshire
New Forest Trees With Shadows - acrylic painting
The subject of this painting is a section of the New Forest, near to Ashurst and the main railway line between Bournemouth and Southampton. The tall fir trees make a dark scene with the summer light falling across the view, highlighting the trunks and picking out details of the surrounding trees.
It is painted in acrylics on stretched watercolour paper, measuring 16” x 12”. It took a few days to paint but actually took a few months to complete due to other projects, and was not completed until early May 2017. 
The final painting can be seen here.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Beach Boat Under Cover - acrylic painting

Beach Boat Under Cover - acrylic painting

martin Davey boat on beach with covers acrylic art
Beach boat under cover - acrylic painting

This painting shows a scene at Hengistbury Head, near to Christchurch in Dorset, on the south coast of the UK. A boat, one of many at the location, is under cover and out of use on this hot summers day. The beach looks on to Christchurch bay, with the town on the other side. In the back ground of this painting can be seen Mudeford, a small town on the suburbs of Christchurch.

The painting is done in acrylics on stretched paper, to a size of 16” x 12” during mid March 2017, and can be seen here.

Spring Girl - digital painting

Spring Girl - digital painting

Davey cartoon illustration Girl in spring field
Spring Girl - digital painting


This humorous subject was painted during Febuary 2017, and features a 'Spring Girl' character in a field, during the season of Spring, and surrounded by flowers and insects of the period. It is painted digitally using 'Auto sketchbook pro' on a windows drawing device.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Fishing boat at Mudeford Quay WIP stages

Fishing boat at Mudeford Quay WIP stages

Martin Davey painting stages of marine fishing art
'Fishing at Mudeford Quay' WIP in stages oil painting
The above picture shows four stages of the creation of the painting 'Fishing Boat at Mudeford Quay, a marine scene set in Christchurch, Dorset. The first panel shows the drawing of the scene done in brown acrylic paint on a yellow ochre colour base. This is followed by the under-painting, done in acrylic paint which lays out the basic blocks of colour within the scene, which are deliberately painted slightly darker than the intended tone.The purpose of the under-painting is to give the final applied colours something to work against.
In the third panel work has progressed on to the initial oil painted colours, mainly starting from the top of the picture. In the final panel, the finished painting can be seen, which can be seen clearly at a larger scale, here. The oil painting is done on mounting board sized at 50cm x 70cm and was completed during June 2017.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Working on closeup 28

Working on closeup 28

A small snippet of a new forest based painting....
artist close up painting horses Davey

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Pines in New Forest Shade WIP stages

Pines in New Forest Shade WIP stages

Martin Davey new forest pines artwork in stages
'Pines in new Forest' WIP stages art
This painting was completed in June 2017. Shown is a shady scene in the New Forest, Hampshire with tall pine trees and ferns on the ground in the shade.
The first panel shows the drawing created in brown acrylic paint on a yellow ochre  base colour. In the second panel the basic tones have been applied as the under-painting. Moving on in the third panel more detail and lighter tones have been added, with the final panel showing the completed work. The whole painting is done in acrylics on a piece of mounting board measuring 16" x 20". A clearer view of the finished art work can be seen here.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Steampunk Giant Crab attacks Lighthouse - digital painting

Steampunk Giant Crab attacks Lighthouse - digital painting

Martin Davey steam punk crab invasion digital painting
Steampunk Giant Crab attacks Lighthouse - digital painting
This digital painting features a scene involving a giant 'steam punk' styled crab during a dull late afternoon leaving the sea at some remote coastal location. One of the few landmarks of the area, a lighthouse, is in reach of being destroyed by one of the giant crabs claws. Some men are seen running away from the menace, its objective unknown.

Painting of the fantasy/ scifi scene was done digitally within 'Auto Sketchbook Pro', during mid February 2017, with some final elements, and the colour regraded, in Photoshop.
The artwork can be seen here.


Saturday, 1 July 2017

New Forest Trees With Shadows WIP stages

New Forest Trees With Shadows WIP stages

Martin Davey forest art WIP acrylic painting stages
New Forest trees with shadows - WIP
The above composite image show the stages of painting 'New Forest trees with shadows', a shady scene set in the New Forest, Hampshire.
In the first panel the scene is drawn up in brown acrylic paint straight on to the stretched watercolour paper. Sometimes I do put a ground base wash of a single colour over the whole image area but on this instance I did not.The second panel shows the base colours added of the scene, also known as the 'under-painting'. The colours tend to be darker versions of the final intended colours and with few details added at this stage. The final panel shows the finished painting, with the final colours and details applied on top of the under-painting. The painting itself is sized at 12" x 16" and all the paint is acrylic.
The final artwork can be seen here.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Needles from Hengistbury Head WIP ART

Needles from Hengistbury Head WIP ART

Artist M davey isle of wight coastal painting WIP

This composite image show the development of the painting 'Needles from Hengistbury Head', an oil painting completed during May 2017. It shows the Isle of Wight, an island of the South coast of the the UK, as viewed from the mainland at Hengistbury Head in Dorset.
The first panel shows the drawing, painted in acrylic brown paint on a yellow ground wash. The second panel shows a later stage with the base under-painting applied showing darker colours of the final intended colours. After the under-painting comes the final oil painting stage over the top and in the third panel it can be seen that oil paint has been applied to some areas. The painting is also more detailed on this last pass, with the final panel showing the completed painting, done on stretched paper sized at 16" x 12".
The final painting can be seen here.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Working on closeup 27

Working on closeup 27

A small snippet of a marine based painting.......
martin Davey WIP marine boat at quay Dorset

 

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