Never Seen Before! Failed Paintings And Sketchbook Doodles

2015 Artwork May sketchbooks article 2 sketch

Well, although I’d planned to write a proper article for today, I unfortunately ended up being in a rather terrible mood beforehand. So, as you may have guessed, I couldn’t quite work up the enthusiasm to write a proper article.

So, instead, here are a couple of “never seen before” watercolour paintings that I thought weren’t quite good enough to post here in one of my daily art posts. Plus, there’s a random badly-drawn fan art drawing of one of the cultists from an old computer game called “Blood” and an attempt at graphite painting too.

Sorry about this and hopefully I’ll write a proper article and/or review for tomorrow.

Anyway, enjoy 🙂

This was a fairly crappy landscape painting I made when I felt extremely uninspired. It was originally going to be posted in one of my daily art posts, but thankfully I made a better painting instead.

This was a fairly crappy landscape painting I made when I felt extremely uninspired. It was originally going to be posted in one of my daily art posts, but thankfully I made a better painting instead.

This was a still life painting of some of the random old stuff on one of my desk shelves. It was originally going to be featured in one of my daily art posts, but I wasn't really satisfied with it and ended up making another painting instead.

This was a still life painting of some of the random old stuff on one of my desk shelves. It was originally going to be featured in one of my daily art posts, but I wasn’t really satisfied with it and ended up making another painting instead.

This was some badly-drawn fan art of one of the cultists from an old computer game called "Blood" that I drew when I was feeling bored one day.

This was some badly-drawn fan art of one of the cultists from an old computer game called “Blood” that I drew when I was feeling bored one day.

This was a random experiment to see if I could use 6B pencils in a similar way to the way I use watercolour pencils.

This was a random experiment to see if I could use 6B pencils in a similar way to the way I use watercolour pencils.

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

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Woo Hoo! Blog Trailer On Youtube (With Art Preview)

I am very proud to announce that this blog now has it’s own trailer on Youtube 🙂

As a bonus for all of my regular readers, this trailer also contains previews of a few paintings that won’t be posted here until both next month and January 2015. It also contains a couple of excerpts from upcoming articles too.

The music in this trailer is from an absolutely amazing creative commons-licenced song called “Dance With Ghosts” by Deuxvolt. The whole song can be (legally) downloaded for free here and the band’s Facebook page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/deuxvolt

The animated game footage in this trailer is from a “Doom” WAD called “Reelism” and you can read my review of it here.

Anyway, thanks for watching 🙂

Random Ramblings About Landscape Paintings

2014 Artwork Landscapes Too Perfect article sketch

It may be that I don’t have that much practice at painting landscapes, but I’ve often found that I’m much better at painting landscapes from old photos of mine (and/or my memories) than I am at painting landscapes that come completely from my imagination – like this one:

The full-size version of this picture will be posted here later this evening. So, watch this space....

The full-size version of this picture will be posted here later this evening. So, watch this space….

I think that my main problem with painting landscapes from my imagination is that I tend to make them too “perfect”. What do I mean by this? Well, everything and everywhere always looks just slightly too ‘clean’, ‘new’ or ‘stylised’. And this isn’t realistic.

If somewhere is old and/or somewhere where hundreds or thousands of people visit on a regular basis, then it’s going to be slightly run-down. It’s going to look slightly irregular and – well – lived in. Even if somewhere is regularly cleaned and maintained, then it’s going to show it’s age after a while.

This is probably a somewhat imperfect translation, but there’s even apparently a specific word for this exact quality in Japanese. It’s called “wabi-sabi”, if anyone is curious.

The same is especially true if you’re painting nature and/or natural scenes from your imagination – nature is, by it’s very nature, chaotic. Trees don’t all look the same and they don’t naturally grow in neat rows, grass isn’t always neatly mown to the exact same length etc.. I’m sure you get the idea.

In other words, I expect nature to look like this:

"Tree By The Sea" By C. A. Brown

“Tree By The Sea” By C. A. Brown

But it actually looks a lot more like the left side of this digitally-edited painting, based on an old photo I took in 2007:

"Sandown Beach" By C. A. Brown

“Sandown Beach” By C. A. Brown

As I said earlier, I’m something of a beginner when it comes to painting landscapes. I’m guessing that if you’ve got a lot of experience with this, then all of this stuff is probably completely instinctive when you’re painting landscapes. But, this is something that I probably still have to learn.

Still, one way of getting around this is – as I said earlier – to keep painting landscapes from photos you’ve taken (or photos from the internet, if they’re released under the right kind of Creative Commons licence) and/or from memory. Or you could even possibly paint landscapes from life, if you like painting in public.

But, not only does using photos give you a shortcut to ensuring that your paintings are of realistic-looking scenes, but it also helps you to learn what realistic landscapes actually look like.

So, yes, landscapes shouldn’t be perfect- and it’s ok to paint landscapes from your photos too.

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Sorry that this article was somehow both incredibly rambling and incredibly short, but I hope it was interesting 🙂

Today’s Art (8th May 2014)

Well, I’ve become slightly interested in illustration recently and I thought that I’d practice by making an illustrated version of the first four verses of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven“.

As a blog exclusive (since most of my art ends up on my DeviantART page long before it ends up on here), I thought that I’d also include full-size/high-quality versions of all four illustrations too.

As usual, all five images in this post are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

Enjoy 🙂

"The Raven" Illustrated By C. A. Brown [Click for full-size version]

“The Raven” Illustrated By C. A. Brown [Click for full-size version]

And, here are the full size/high-quality versions of the four illustrations:

"The Raven Illustration 1" By C. A. Brown

“The Raven Illustration 1” By C. A. Brown

"The Raven Illustration 2" By C. A. Brown

“The Raven Illustration 2” By C. A. Brown

"The Raven Illustration 3" By C. A. Brown

“The Raven Illustration 3” By C. A. Brown

"The Raven Illustration 4" By C. A. Brown

“The Raven Illustration 4” By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth Series” – The Latest Paintings :)

Well, I’m still working on my “Aberystwyth Series” at the moment and I’ve produced two new paintings of Aberystwyth for today 🙂

"Aberystwyth - Old College Noir" By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth – Old College Noir” By C. A. Brown

Aberystwyth – Old College Noir” is based on a photo of the Old College in Aberystwyth that I took in 2009. Originally, I’d planned to make all of the buildings look vaguely mechanical (like in the title sequence of “Game Of Thrones”). But, in the end, I decided to go for a slightly gloomier “film noir” look instead.

And, before anyone asks, no I haven’t read any of Louie Knight’s novels about Aberystwyth (I tried to read the first one a few years ago, but I just couldn’t get into it for some reason).

"Aberystwyth - Edge Of The Coast" By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth – Edge Of The Coast” By C. A. Brown

Aberystwyth – Edge Of The Coast” is a painting of the far end of Aberystwyth’s coast, which I painted from a photo I took in 2009. Despite a lot of editing, this painting didn’t really turn out as well as I hoped it would and, hopefully, this is the last time I will ever have to draw or paint a pebble beach (seriously, it took forever to draw each pebble LOL!)

“Aberystwyth Series” – Even More Paintings :)

I am very proud to announce that I’ve made three more paintings in my “Aberystwyth Series“. This is a series of landscape paintings based on some old photos of Aberystwyth I took in 2009, my memories and my imagination.

I’ll post two of the paintings here, but the third one Aberyswyth – Cemetery Sunset is a DeviantART exclusive. As always, these paintings are all available as prints on DeviantART, if anyone is interested.

"Aberystwyth - High Street 2009" By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth – High Street 2009” By C. A. Brown

As the title suggests, “Aberystwyth – High Street 2009” is a slightly surreal painting of Aberystwyth high street in 2009. I’m not sure why the colours in this painting are so strange, they just seemed to work quite well when I was painting it.

I painted this landscape from a photo I took at something like 7am on a Sunday morning, hence the eerily deserted streets.

"Aberystwyth - Can Be A Thousand Places" By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth – Can Be A Thousand Places” By C. A. Brown

Aberystwyth – Can Be A Thousand Places” is a painting of one of the roads behind the houses on Aberystwyth’s coast (according to Google Maps, the road is called Queens Road), which is loosely-based on a photo I took in 2009.

One of the wonderful things about Aberystwyth is how so many parts of it can remind me of other places and I’ve tried to reflect this in this painting.

“Aberystwyth Series” – More Paintings :)

Well, I’m extremely proud to announce that there are now three more paintings in my “Aberystwyth Series“.

These are a series of paintings of Aberystwyth painted from memory, from my imagination and from some old photos I took in 2009. Some will be realistic and some will be wildly unrealistic.

I’ll post two of the new paintings here, but the third one (“Aberystwyth -Memories Of Snow“) is a DeviantART exclusive. As always, these pictures are also available as prints on DeviantART too.

"Aberystwyth - Sunrise Coast" By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth – Sunrise Coast” By C. A. Brown

Aberystwyth – Sunrise Coast” was based on an old photo I took of the coast (facing towards Constitution Hill) in 2009. This painting required quite a bit of digital editing after I scanned it (but I’m quite proud of the “luminous” effect that I was able to create).

"Aberystwyth - Primrose Hill Gothic" By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth – Primrose Hill Gothic” By C. A. Brown

Aberystwyth – Primrose Hill Gothic” was inspired by one of my favourite roads in Aberystwyth. Near Aberystwyth, there’s this evilly steep hill in Llanbadarn called “Primrose Hill”. When you get to the top of it, there’s this absolutely beautiful road – which, if you see it at night, looks wonderfully gothic.

This painting was painted from memory and I used more than a little bit of artistic licence (eg: the road has been “compressed”/”shortened” fairly heavily, the houses look a lot older than they actually are and I also made the cemetery gates look a lot more gothic than they actually are).

I also removed the ominous floating skull which was originally in the background of this painting, because it was slightly badly-drawn).