NEVER SEEN BEFORE! More Failed Paintings And Doodles From My Sketchbooks

2015 Artwork sketchbooks September sketch

Well, I was running slightly late with everything – so, for today, I thought that I’d show off some more failed paintings (most of which never got past the drawing stage) and random doodles from my sketchbooks. Hopefully, I’ll write a proper article or review for tomorrow.

Anyway, in the meantime, enjoy this “Never seen before” look at some of my failed artwork and random scribbles:

This was going to be a random gothic cartoon, but I ended up abandoning it both because I was in an unenthusiastic mood at the time and because I was worried that I'd got the French grammar wrong.

This was going to be a random gothic cartoon, but I ended up abandoning it both because I was in an unenthusiastic mood at the time and because I was worried that I’d got the French grammar wrong.

This is a painting that I'd originally made for one of my daily art posts. But I ended up making another painting for that day instead because this painting  was so badly-drawn,  that it actually looked kind of creepy.

This is a painting that I’d originally made for one of my daily art posts. But I ended up making another painting for that day instead because this painting was so badly-drawn, that it actually looked kind of creepy.

This was originally going to be a memory painting of part of my old school but, well, it looked almost as boring as the real thing was - so, I ended up abandoning it.

This was originally going to be a memory painting of part of my old school but, well, it looked almost as boring as the real thing was – so, I ended up abandoning it.

This was my failed first attempt at making a painting called "View Over The Gate" that I posted on here on the 5th September.

This was my failed first attempt at making a painting called “View Over The Gate” that I posted on here on the 5th September.

This was a random drawing of some plants that I made when I was feeling slightly bored.

This was a random drawing of some plants that I made when I was feeling slightly bored.

This was my initial plan for re-making one of my old pictures from 2012 called "Mystery Hand Over Aberystwyth". The final version of my re-make (posted here at the very beginning of this month) ended up using a different perspective to the one shown in this drawing.

This was my initial plan for re-making one of my old pictures from 2012 called “Mystery Hand Over Aberystwyth”. The final version of my re-make (posted here at the very beginning of this month) ended up using a different perspective to the one shown in this drawing.

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Anyway, I hope that this was interesting 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll post a proper article or review here tomorrow 🙂

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Even MORE “Never Seen Before” Failed Paintings From My Sketchbooks :)

2015 Artwork sketchbooks August sketch 2

Well, when it came to writing today’s article – I was slightly tired and I also couldn’t think of a good enough idea. So, instead, I thought that I’d show off a few more “never seen before” failed paintings (and a doodle) from my sketchbooks. Hopefully, I’ll write a proper article or review for tomorrow.

None of these paintings actually reached the “adding paint” stage, so they’re bascially just drawings in various stages of completion. Anyway, enjoy 🙂

This was a horror painting - in the style of an Iron Maiden album cover - that I'd planned to make. But, a while after I started it, I realised that it looked, well, kind of crappy. So, I ended up abandoning it.

This was a horror painting – in the style of an Iron Maiden album cover – that I’d planned to make. But, a while after I started it, I realised that it looked, well, kind of crappy. So, I ended up abandoning it.

This was going to be a painting of a gothic librarian. But, well, I couldn't think of a good enough idea for the background.

This was going to be a painting of a gothic librarian. But, well, I couldn’t think of a good enough idea for the background.

This was a random ink and coloured pencil sketch I made to test out a really cool art technique I saw on the back cover of Bad Religion's "All Ages" album.

This was a random ink and coloured pencil sketch I made to test out a really cool art technique I saw on the back cover of Bad Religion’s “All Ages” album.

This is a larger version of the wild west sketch from my last sketchbook post. Bascially, I tried to turn THAT little sketch into a larger painting, but it didn't turn out very well. And this is what it looked like.

This is a larger version of the wild west sketch from my last sketchbook post. Bascially, I tried to turn THAT little sketch into a larger painting, but it didn’t turn out very well. And this is what it looked like.

This was going to be a painting of someone taking a photo with their phone, but I couldn't think of a good enough idea for the background and eventually ended up abandoning this picture.

This was going to be a painting of someone taking a photo with their phone, but I couldn’t think of a good enough idea for the background and eventually ended up abandoning this picture.

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse into my sketchbooks. Hopefully, I’ll write a proper article or review for tomorrow 🙂

More NEVER SEEN BEFORE Doodles From My Sketchbooks

2015 Artwork August sketchbooks article sketch

Well, it’s been quite a while since I made a sketchbook post. So, I thought that I’d take a slight break from writing articles today and show you four of the random doodles that occasionally appear in my sketchbooks. Anyway, enjoy 🙂

This is a random sketch called "The Bureau Of Wordless Novels" that ended up inspiring a more detailed drawing (of the same name) that I posted here late last month. I'm not sure why one of the books in this drawing has a German title (it should translate to "rubbish", I think). But it seemed like a cool idea at the time.

This is a random sketch called “The Bureau Of Wordless Novels” that ended up inspiring a more detailed drawing (of the same name) that I posted here late last month. I’m not sure why one of the books in this drawing has a German title (it should translate to “rubbish”, I think). But it seemed like a cool idea at the time.

This was a random medieval fantasy drawing I made when I was feeling bored.

This was a random medieval fantasy drawing I made when I was feeling bored.

This was a little sketch that I made in preparation for making a larger painting. Although I abandoned the painting, this little sketch looks a lot better than my unfinished painting did.

This was a little sketch that I made in preparation for making a larger painting. Although I abandoned the painting, this little sketch looks a lot better than my unfinished painting did.

This was a random ocean that I drew at the bottom of one of my sketchbook pages when I was feeling uninspired.

This was a random ocean that I drew at the bottom of one of my sketchbook pages when I was feeling uninspired.

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Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed this random glimpse into my sketchbooks. Normal daily articles/reviews will resume tomorrow 🙂

More Random “Never Seen Before” Doodles And Abandoned Stuff From My Sketchbooks

2015 Artwork sketchbooks July sketch 2

Well, although I’d planned to write a proper article for today – I was kind of tired at the time of writing. So, instead, here’s some more random doodles and unfinished paintings from my sketchbooks.

These were some fairly elaborate doodles I drew when I was trying to think of ideas for articles recently.

These were some fairly elaborate doodles I drew when I was trying to think of ideas for articles recently.

These were some random fast sketching exercises (whilst watching DVDs) I failed miserably at recently.

These were some random fast sketching exercises (whilst watching DVDs) that I failed miserably at recently.

This was a failed attempt at a cynical cartoon I'd planned to make about the UK election in May. Not only did I forget to include enough space for one of the main parties (sorry Plaid Cymru), but I was also worried that the cartoon would be too trite, too controverisal, too cynical etc... So, I ended up abandoning it.

This was a failed attempt at a cynical cartoon I’d planned to make about the UK election in May. Not only did I forget to include enough space for one of the main parties (sorry Plaid Cymru), but I was also worried that the cartoon would be too trite, too controverisal, too cynical etc… So, I ended up abandoning it.

This was an abandoned painting from a few months ago. I can't remember exactly why I abandoned this painting, but it was probably going to be something set in the 1990s.

This was an abandoned painting from a few months ago. I can’t remember exactly why I abandoned this painting, but it was probably going to be something set in the 1990s.

This was a random boat that I doodled in my sketchbook. I'm surprised at how well it turned out :)

This was a random boat that I doodled in my sketchbook. I’m surprised at how well it turned out 🙂

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Anyway, I hope this was interesting 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll write a proper article or review for tomorrow.

“The Tower Of Lost Souls” (Experimental Horror Fiction)

2015 Artwork tower of lost souls sketch

Due to both being in a slight rush and miserably failing at writing the article I’d planned for today, I thought that – instead- I’d share a vaguely Lovecraftian experimental horror story that I wrote last August.

This was part of a short-lived project where I’d planned to write a collection of descriptive stories using a second-person perspective. You can read another story from this failed project here. Anyway, enjoy 🙂

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The Tower Of Lost Souls

By C. A. Brown

As the wind kicks up a shower of golden leaves and the fog clears slightly, you stumble forward into what feels like a ice-cold gnarled stone wall. Pushing back from it, you get to your feet and look upwards.

A vast, unsteady tower stretches up into the deep grey clouds above you. For a second, it almost reminds you of part of an old castle that you saw in a magazine once. But, you think, castles aren’t supposed to be that tall.

Trying to get your bearings, you look around but you can see nothing but pitted grey stone walls and the dense fog you encountered over an hour ago. It’s almost as if you and the tower are trapped in a bubble of some kind or another, walled in by the dense cloud-like fog.

You walk slowly along the wall, looking for a door of any kind, but there isn’t one. In fact, as you look closer at the stones, you realise that they aren’t even individual bricks. The whole tower is made from nothing but one giant lump of stone with an intricate series of grooves and pits carved into the side of it. Worst of all, you realise as you look up at the tower once again, there are no windows whatsoever.

What you initially thought were medieval arrow-slits are, even in the dim half-light, obviously nothing more than deep grooves in the side of the tower. Slowly, you start to wonder why anyone would have gone to all of this trouble.

Was a mad sculptor abandoned here many centuries ago? Did a huddled band of peasants have to fool a fearsome army into thinking that they were in control of a giant city? The answer, you suspect, is lost somewhere in the mist.

Feeling a chill run down your spine, you decide to circle the tower and see if there’s anything more on the other side. With every step, you can feel the dead leaves beneath your feet crunching loudly and hear the wind wailing mournfully in the distance. The fog remains beside you, like another equally strange and opaque wall.

As you take another step, you head a loud crack beneath your right foot. Flinching back, you drop to the ground and brush the leaves away, fearful that you have trodden on the bones of another unfortunate traveller. But, as you brush more leaves away, you see nothing there. Not even a single, solitary twig on the bare brown earth below you. Shivering, you get to your feet, take a deep breath and keep walking.

After what feels like five minutes, you stop. By now, you must have reached the other side of the tower – right? But, as you look upon the stone wall beside you, you realise that there aren’t any points of reference. The wall just looks the same as the one you first saw when you emerged from the fog. For all you know, you could have circled the tower and be back exactly where you started.

Hearing the wind howl again, your mind latches onto a plan. Reaching down, you take the shoe off of your left foot and lean it against the tower. Like a breadcrumb in a labyrinth, you hope that it will give you some impression of where you have been.

Despite the brittle carpet of leaves, the ground still feels cold against your bare foot as you keep walking, only stopping to catch your breath and look at the walls of stone and fog around you, constantly checking for your shoe. It is nowhere to be seen. So, you keep walking.

Finally, after what seems like twenty minutes, you spot something amongst the leaves in front of you. It looks familiar. Leaning down, you pick it up and realise that it is your shoe. How did it get from the wall to over here? Did someone move it? Is there anyone there?

Sighing, you raise your leg and slide your foot back into your shoe. Only to stop suddenly. There’s something in there. Almost dropping your shoe, you recoil in horror and sit down on the crunchy leaves. For what feels like ten minutes, you just stare at your shoe until you finally take a deep breath and reach for it.

Holding it at arms’ length, you shake it slightly and what looks like a small marble falls to the bottom to it. Reaching in, you grab it. It feels cold against the inside of your fist. Slowly, you open your fingers and take another look and, to your horror, you realise that it isn’t a marble….

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Anyway, I hope that this was interesting 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll write a proper article (or a review) for tomorrow.

Never Seen Before! Three Unfinished Paintings From My Sketchbooks!

2015 Artwork sketchbooks July sketch

Well, I was in a slight rush when it came to making today’s article. So, instead of a proper article or review, I thought that I’d show you three unfinished paintings from my sketchbook.

I’d originally planned to post four unfinished paintings here, but the last one was an unfinished satirical cartoon (about the Jeremy Clarkson fiasco in March) and I was worried that it might be too controversial.

One or two of these pictures originally only existed as pencil sketches, but for the sake of clarity, I’ve traced over my original pencil lines with ink (and increased the contrast levels fairly heavily).

I made all of these failed paintings back in March when I was feeling very uninspired. Most of these pictures started out fairly well, but I ran out of ideas and/or enthusiasm shortly after I started them (and long before I could add any paint).

Anyway, without any further ado, here they are:

Although I quite like how this picture started out, my mind unfortunately went completely blank when it came to thinking of an idea for the background.

Although I quite like how this picture started out, my mind unfortunately went completely blank when it came to thinking of an idea for the background.

This was originally going to be a gothic/cyberpunk painting, but I was in an extremely unenthusiastic mood at the time and ended up abandoning it a few minutes after I began sketching.

This was originally going to be a gothic/cyberpunk painting, but I was in an extremely unenthusiastic mood at the time and ended up abandoning it a few minutes after I began sketching.

As you can see, this was going to be a really cool heavy metal-themed painting. I can't remember why I abandoned it at the time, but - in retrospect- I'm kind of annoyed that I did.

As you can see, this was going to be a really cool heavy metal-themed painting. I can’t remember why I abandoned it at the time, but – in retrospect- I’m kind of annoyed that I did.

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Anyway, I hope that this was interesting 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll write a proper article or review for tomorrow.

Never seen before! Yet More Random Stuff From My Sketchbooks

2015 Artwork sketchbooks June sketch 2

Well, I was kind of in a rush and didn’t have time to write a proper article or review for today. So, here’s some more “never seen before” random fan art and failed paintings from the pages of my sketchbooks.

This is a random fan art drawing of Chloe from season seven of "24"

This is a random fan art drawing of Chloe from season seven of “24”

I was having some problems with the lights in my room when I drew this. So, I was curious if I could actually draw anything in the dark. Unfortunately, even after I cheated and used a torch, this picture didn't turn out that well.

I was having some problems with the lights in my room when I drew this. So, I was curious if I could actually draw anything in the dark. Unfortunately, even after I cheated and used a torch, this picture didn’t turn out that well.

This was a painting that I started the sketch for, but ended up abandoning after I couldn't think of a good enough idea for a background.

This was a painting that I started the sketch for, but ended up abandoning after I couldn’t think of a good enough idea for a background.

This was my first failed attempt at re-drawing an old picture of mine from last year called "Level 32". I ended up finishing my second attempt and posting it here, but it wasn't really that much better than this failed first attempt.

This was my first failed attempt at re-drawing an old picture of mine from last year called “Level 32”. I ended up finishing my second attempt and posting it here, but it wasn’t really that much better than this failed first attempt.

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Hopefully, I’ll write a proper article or review for tomorrow – but I hope that this was interesting 🙂