Santoro :)

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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Will Terry on Folio Academy...

Some time ago, I discovered the amazingly talented Illustrator Will Terry! (Click on the image below to visit his blog)

His work totally bowled me over - his attention to detail and use of light and colour are really incredible!! But what makes him even more exceptional is his desire to share his knowledge and insights with other artists... as we all know this is sooo rare! :P

I follow Will's blog (It's packed with beautiful artworks, witty observations and just generally awesome stuff!) and I have also chatted to him via email and his Facebook, and I've been constantly amazed by how generously he shares his vast bank of experience... When you read his posts you'll find that he's never afraid to admit his struggles as an artist (although to look at his work you'd never know if it wasn't for his humility and openness!) It's so refreshing to see a professional who's willing to share his successes and mistakes with equal enthusiasm! :P I admire this so much as I often find it really difficult to blog, as you can see from the hooge gaps between posts!! (blush blush...)

Given all this, I was so excited to discover that he has several tutorial videos available on Folio Academy.  If you haven't seen this site yet click on the image below to visit. It's an online Art School where you can choose from loads of great (and extremely affordable) tutorial videos in pretty much any medium or style you want to learn!

I purchased Will's Acrylic Painting, and I found it totally inspiring from beginning to end. Through the course of a painting (with extra bonus sketchbook and technique videos at the end) Will covers just about every aspect of painting in a stylised way with acrylics. He addresses brushes, surfaces, texture, underpainting, glazing, and lots more!

 (Click the image above to see all Will Terry tutorials)

I purchased this particular tutorial because although I used to work primarily in acrylics I have moved more towards pencil work over the past few years, relying on digital colour to finish my Illustrations. Having not flexed my 'painting muscles' for some time I've developed a bit of a fear of transitioning back into paint!! I'm just about to start easing myself back into the amazing versatility of Acrylics and Will's video is an ESSENTIAL reference for me - I've already watched it several times and I will be watching it many more over the coming months! I honestly can't recommend it highly enough for anyone new to acrylics, or to anyone who is out of practice and needs a bit of guidance! And of course if acrylics aren't your thing then there are lots of other great tutorials available! :) Here is a link to the Folio Academy tutorials by Medium: 

Happy learning!! :)

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The Giant Art Swap

This was the canvas I created for my first Art Swap!! It's a detail from a drawing that I did as a double page spread layout a while back... It's graphite on gesso with silver leaf :)

My swap was with the lovely Sophie, and I received this beautiful mono-print life drawing in return! :)  Thank you Sophie!!

There's over 100 members now, very exciting! The swaps are a couple of months apart, so if you'd like to take part in the next one here's the link!! :) x

Saturday, 7 July 2012

The Giant Art Swap...

Click the image to visit the site and take part! Such a great idea! :) xx

Friday, 9 March 2012

... Sigh...

 ... Due to extreme levels of stupidity, this blog is under reconstruction... I accidentally deleted all my files from my Picasa Web album, not realising that that's where Google stores the images from the blogs!! They really should warn you about these things! o__O  So please bear with me whilst I try to recover them! xxx

In the meantime, please visit to see previous artworks :)

*Update!*  Yay, I managed to save it... well most of it! All the important stuff! :P  And I've spruced the place up a bit, made it a bit brighter! :) x

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Illustration Friday - Intention

"There is no limit to what you can imagine. And with commitment, with effort, what you can imagine you can become.  Put your mind to work for you. Believe that you can do it. The world will tell you that you can't.  Yet, in your belief you'll find the strength, you'll find the ability, to do it anyway."  Ralph Marston

I love that quote! It seemed very fitting for this weeks Illustration Friday topic, Intention.  xxx

*** I just had to add this comment that AHAViews just left as it explains this piece far better than I could! :P (click on her name to visit her insightful blog and see her amazing artwork!)   "... the thoughtful expression, the hazy possibilities that surround her, and the careful way she is holding on to the orb in her hands - I read that orb as her intention, which she is keeping close, secure, looking ahead."  Thank you AHAviews  :)

Friday, 23 December 2011

Illustration Friday - Messenger

This is a piece I recently completed for the amazing Santoro! It's called 'The Messenger', so I was very pleased to see the topic of this weeks Illustration Friday! :P

Merry Christmas!! xx

Friday, 9 December 2011

Illustration Friday - 'Seperated'

I did this drawing a while ago, it's a sketch for a painting that I got two thirds of the way through but wasn't happy with, so I'll be starting it again at some point! This weeks topic, 'Seperation' seemed appropriate for this piece - the image is called 'I Know You're There', and it's about how we sometimes catch ourselves observing our thoughts and actions, as though we have two separate awareness's.

I'm very interested in this idea at the moment! I'm reading 'The Power of Belief: Essential Tools for an Extraordinary Life' by Ray Dodd, and it's about the chaos that our subconscious beliefs can cause in our lives, and how to recognize them and let go. It's fascinating, I would definitely recommend it!! :)