Woodpecker Work in Progress

A couple of images from what I'm working on, I've actually abandoned this for now, and am working on a straight-forward pencil drawing as I'm starting to get confused about where this one's going. Also, I tried to work from 2 reference photos which ended up being tricky. Still, I'll come back to this soon hopefully once I can see it with fresh eyes. Also I will soon upload some pics of my studio space, which I share with fellow artist/illustrator Thom Durham.


Woodpecker skeleton mixed media

Working on a piece inspired by great spotted woodpeckers, which I saw a lot of on a trip to the highlands. I have been working on a commission in charcoal and wanted to play around with different textures, so the plan is to use a mixture of oil pastel and charcoal. I realise this may be tricky but I want a challenge and also I want to create something with a bit of contrast. I have been going back to anatomy and bones, even though I was first inspired by the markings on their feathers.

The final piece will be involve the more anatomical side drawn in oil pastel, and charcoal around the shape of the bird. I got my hands on some black grey and white oil sennelier pastels so I'll be having a crack at it tonight. 

More kitchen sink lithography

First try at home after recent etching workshop by Fiona Maher.

So far, a very unpredictable medium! I will just put everything up, including the really bad ones so that you can see how much the results vary.

First of all, this was Deebs's amazing print (definitely the best of the lot):

And here are mine. Some turned out alright, others problematic. The type of paper made a big difference to the outcome, and I think the with more experience I'll be able to fix some of the other issues as well.

Still Sold Out Cover Picture

Final version chosen for www.facebook.com/stillsoldout cover picture: