I am currently taking Chris Oatley's Magic Box course online, and I am already learning so much just one lesson in. It has also provided me with access to a forum of artists sharing and discussing their work and process. SO INSPIRING. The above piece is something I was working on to develop atmospheric lighting. I will probably do a few more pieces using the techniques I have learned and post them over the next few weeks.
I am also working on copying masters paintings to practise digital painting and learn to make more deliberate brush strokes and use a more sophisticated colour palette. My first attempt is coming out pretty rough, but the process is teaching me about light and shadow and mixing colours. I am going to be doing a few of these so they will only get better.
I have also been collecting inspiring children's books from the library (if you follow me on Twitter you have seen my daily tweets about these). These are a few of the books I have been inspired by this week:
BRIAN WILDSMITH'S FAVOURITE FABLES:
COSMO AND THE ROBOT - BRIAN PINKEY:
I LIKE OLD CLOTHES - PATRICE BARTON:
And finally I have been working on a children's book with a friend of mine, about flowers! Here is a peak of some cute bumblebees. Done in acrylic and magic.