Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Inktober 2017 - Weeks 2, 3 and 4 and Society 6

So, I'm not really sure why, but I sort of had a melt down during Inktober this year. Just that usual suffering artist stuff, where I started hating all my work and being really mean to myself about my slow growth and lack of real art "skillz". Bit embarrassing really. I'm powering through, and basically pretending like it didn't happen that way.

I guess I should announce I've opened a Society 6 shop! It's mainly because I want a make-up bag with Lily Munster on it, for my personal use. If that sounds like something you could get behind, you can check it all out HERE.

And remember in my last post I shared some of my first week of Inktober efforts? Well, here's the rest of my Inktober work and two brush line portraits that I really enjoyed making right at the end. Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.
Black and White Ink
Vampire Bat
Black and White Inktober 2017 Dog
Cerberus. A Homage to Ralph Steadman's AMAZING Blot Dogs.
Cross Hatching Cartoon Sad Clown
Pierrot for the Drawlloween "CLOWN" prompt.
Tim Burton Alien Ink Portrait
Mars Attacks! How iconic was this look?
Magick Witch Ink Art
Cross Hatching and Brush Illustration
Creepy Twins. Forever and Ever.
Lily Munster Ink Illustration
Lily Munster 
Black Acrylic Ink Zombie Art
I Didn't Want to Draw a Zombie
Black and White Ghost Cartoon
Ghosts Have Good Hair Sometimes
Ghoul Ink Line Drawing
Drawlloween Twin Peaks Illustration
The Owls Are Not What They Seem
Cross Hatching and Dipping Ink Pumpkin
Pumpkin Head

And now, enter the brush! There's really nowhere to hide when you're working with brush lines. If your anatomy is a little off, it all shows. But I quite like the asymmetrical, wonky feel of these portraits. Let's call it "stylisation" and just leave it there.

Androgyny is Good Ink Drawing
Androgyny is Good
Nerdy Girl Brush Illustration
COLOUR! *gasp*

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Inktober 2017 - Week 1 - Drawlloween Prompts

This is the second year I've taken part in Inktober. October is my favourite month. Halloween and November the 5th are magical days in my calendar, so spending 31 days with a pen in my hand just adds to the pleasure of the season. I chose to work with the Drawlloween prompts created by the excellent artist Mab Graves (here). As an illustrator working in pen and ink, Inktober is a good excuse for me to push myself, and work on images I wouldn't necessarily elect to make myself. I've never thought of drawing a Werewolf or the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but I'm excited by the results, and to learn about my technique. So here's the first week. All made with a dip pen and a little touch of brush here and there.

Werewolf - Inspired by Werewolf of London (1935)

Goblin. A kind of King. Not as handsome as Jareth from the Labyrinth, but he puts on a fine spread.

Vampire. A kind of Louis and Lestat vibe. I loved Interview with the Vampire when I was a teenager.
Mothman. Ermine moths are the prettiest, and they have skulls on their backs. Their caterpillars make the creepiest webs.

Grim Reaper. I reckon he wears a stetson and rides a combine harvester now.

Black Lagoon. (Do you love me?)

Ectoplasm. I wanted some kind of Edward Gorey cross hatch situation for this one.

Did you take part in Inktober this year? Have you ever managed to complete a month-long art challenge? How did you survive? And what did you keep in mind to help you stay on track? Let me know in the comments or reach out on Instagram @amyleonardcreative because I need all the help I can get!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Harriet the Spy - Little Girls in Literature

Here are some illustrations I made depicting my favourite children's book heroine, Harriet the Spy. Harriet the Spy is considered an all-time classic book and was written by Louise Fitzhugh in 1964. Harriet is kind of an eccentric, determined to be a writer, and obsessive about it in that way that only children can be. She's privileged but lonely. She's growing up and it's time for her nanny Ol' Golly to leave her. This happens just when her friends discover her notebook and the secret insights she's made about them and their lives - all of these observations are hilarious, but Harriet is learning that sometimes the truth hurts. She has to work out how to survive all on her own getting revenge on those that stand in opposition to her, but also winning her friends back.  I'm working on a series called #littlegirlsinliterature and I had to start with my personal favourite, Harriet M. Welsh. I spent a few weeks only eating tomato sandwiches for school lunch when the Nickelodeon movie came out. Part of me is still dedicated.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

My week in INK. (Nightmares, Money and Harriet the Spy )

Some ink illustrations. Made with brushes, a dip pen, a toothbrush and my knew toy: a calligraphy brush. I love this dioxazine purple matched against the vivid lime green. These acrylic inks made by Liquitex are so pigmented and punchy. Nothing can touch their carbon black, though. I guess part of me is some kind of purist, cherishing just black ink on white paper.

I've been making some quite dark images lately, based on nightmares and money.

David Lynch Inspired Ink Work
Happening. Obviously some Lynch thing.

Who remembers Paris Hilton's 21st birthday look from 2001? Killer. I said this on Twitter, but my favourite thing about her look that night is that every one around her is dressed in a way that is totally generic, normal and ordinary.

Got time for that Marilyn Manson face top left. I was obsessed with his watercolour and absinthe paintings he was making in the middle 2000's.

A self portrait that I intended to use as my icon online.

These following pieces (below) are Harriet the Spy fan art. I've been working on a series of illustrations about Little Girls in Literature for some time, but I've been miserable about all the images I've produced so far. The approach wasn't quite right. I've been watching a lot of Ralph Steadman interviews for guidance lately. He asserts that there is no way of getting an illustration style, and that you need to do less thinking and more drawing. Every time I remember that, I'm happier with my work. I hate doing pencil sketches underneath my ink, because I find it slows down my lines and stifles some of the magic. Working without pencil sketches has really given my work more movement and spirit.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Why Colonise the Moon?

"Why colonise the moon
When every different kind
Of desperation exists?
In every single home..."

- from Golden Platitudes on "Postcards from a Young Man" by Manic Street Preachers

I'm allergic to minimalism. And I enjoy a dark, witchy aesthetic. This spread was made as an experiment, to see what I could do with my own digital stamps. I have the set of 10 graphics available as .png and .svg vector graphics over on my Etsy shop. You can check them out HERE. They're perfect for art journal or sketchbook projects. Or whatever mixed media adventure you're on that might need an illustrative touch.

*These journal pages are from my A4 Tiger sketchbook. Made with mixed media, including collage, acrylic paint, inks and oil pastels. Ethically sourced feathers and bones. © Amy Leonard, 2017.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

INK - Art Zine - My 20 Page Illustration Anthology Book

I've always wanted to make a zine! But this is my very first one. I guess you could call it an "art zine" as it's text free. It features a collection of 20 illustrations that I made between 2015 and 2017. This is the first time these images have been available as prints, all collected together in one place. The printers did a great job, and it has a silk, high white cover in 160g paper, and inside is an off white linen paper. I love the textured pages!

I've got it listed over on my Etsy shop. You can find it HERE.

The first 10 orders will get a free copy of a brand new illustration, made especially for the launch.
It's an A5 copy of this one, on the same silk, high white 160g paper. And each one is hand splattered and signed by yours truly.

Anyway, here's a little video, so you can see what's inside.
Keep your eyes peeled for my next effort! I've definitely got the zine bug.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Carmine Pink in my Art Journal

My pocket sized Moleskine art journal is developing rapidly. Lately I've been obsessed with my bottle of Winsor and Newton ink in Carmine. I've been balancing it with Orange, Violet and Blue to create ultra vibrant spreads in my art book. With accents of neon pink acrylic paint, these pages are exploding out of my journal!