I love illustrations just as much as I love traditional painting. My illustrations are really influenced by the watercolor manga of Hayao Miyazaki, who's also one of my favorite artists. This illustration is about my pet hamster, named Bougie, who I imagined having his own hotel called "Casa De Bougie". It's fun to draw these little illustrations because it makes me flex a different creative muscle. I also love having my drawings show a narrative because I love writing stories also.
If anyone is wondering about the shower part of the illustration: Bougie goes under his water bottle and rubs his head on the spout when he's cleaning himself, so it's like he's taking a little shower. Hamsters are also nocturnal, which explains the first panel of the illustration. They also love broccoli!
I wanted to share some recent painting projects that I've done to hopefully encourage everyone to try and make something. The first thing I made was a Valentine's Day unicorn card for my girlfriend. I used blank paper, my poster paints, some gold ribbon for it. This got me thinking also about what's my definition of art. And I realized that my definition of art is pretty simple: Art is whatever I want to make. I also like my art to serve a purpose and also to have some kind of storytelling element. I don't like creating anything with rules, so my definition is pretty broad. I just like anything creative.
I had another fun project for my fish's bowl. I got the idea because I saw my girlfriend's roommate made one and thought I'd make one myself. I decided to do a panorama painting that can circle around my fishes bowl so he can look at something fun and colorful. I also used poster paint for it and just had a ton of fun.
I encourage everyone to try little painting projects like these because it's so fun to make something and all you need are really basic supplies!
I'm writing this purely as an ode to this beautiful product.
The lead oil ground by Natural Pigments is a game changer for oil painting. I've written extensively about oil grounds and how they improve the surface quality of your painting, but this ground in particular is amazing. The great part of this product is two coats of it will give you an shiny/slightly oily surface which takes paint extremely well.
The ground comes as white but I tone my oil ground to a light gray with burnt sienna, burnt umber and ivory black. If you've never heard of oil ground, I highly recommend you investigate their application and advantages. You can find some articles on my site, but check out other sources also.
I'll also say that I apply my oil ground using a knife instead of a brush; this is mainly because I find that a little bit of variety in the ground can liven up the painting. And also you won't have to clean a big brush, just wipe off your palette knife when you're done!
Fun Fact: I'm applying this ground to linen panels that I made myself. I used to make them for a company that I had called EAS Custom Canvas. I shut down that business because I want to make the paintings, not the canvas.