A Year of Art, Week 27


So what's the mamma jammer deal with a year of art?

It's all about inspiration and a love of art. I create five pieces a week, one of which I'll show you how to do. This week's 'How To...' is a watercolour dragon fruit, that's as pink as a flamingo wearing a tutu, in a girls toy R us girl's aisle.

I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie book.




Day 131

Task; Study in inside of a piece of fruit

Monday 20th of April

A bit of tropical fruitiness today for my simple how to. One of the more unique fruits in the old fruit bowl, the pretty in pink dragon fruit. If I'm honest bit to slimy for my taste but gosh, if it isn't lovely to look at.


Pencil Case Supplies

Watercolour Paper

Watercolours, pink, green and black

A Brush


Stage One

The delicate nature of the fruit, I don't want any pencil lines showing through, so I've drawn a guide on the page opposite. I'm also using that page to test I have the mixed the right colour before I use them. Paint a sort of rough egg shape, having a darker pink rim. With a light touch pull the pink colour inwards, allowing some bleeding.

Stage Two

Keep adding more pink to the outer edge, leaving small gaps of white, for the grey later. Keep blending, the pink inwards, leaving a white spot just off centre.




Stage Three

Paint your leafs, keep the green light, as we'll be adding a darker green for detail in the next step.







Stage Four

While the leafs dry, mix a very light grey with the black, and just lightly paint between the skin and the fruit's centre. Blend in with a damp brush. Add some dark flicks of green to the leafs, (don't be afraid to be a bit bolder than I was.) Darken your grey and start on the seeds. Just like in nature, don't be too uniform, making the seeds different sizes and darkness.


Day 132

Task: Play around with colour and shapes.


Tuesday 21st of April

I loved how this watercolour and colouring pencil creative fuck-wonder turned out so much I used it for my Space Art: Jupiter background, (which I'll post a link to tomorrow). look how pretty...




Day 133

Task: Draw someone's smile.

Wednesday 22nd of April

It's Wednesday so I'm going weird and I'm going doodley.


Day 134

Task: Draw your favourite building

Thursday 23rd of April

I became aware of this building by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser a few years ago, it's the KunstHaus Wien Museum. I'm not lucky enough to have been but I just love love LOVE the mismatched tile work, the black and white panelling, the general just bat-shit crazy nature of it all.

So the ink drawing I created isn't quite right, the dark tiles should be a lot darker, and I messed up the balcony with the tree, but otherwise I like the energy of the drawing.


Day 135

Task: Using cut out paper, create a pattern in this section

Friday 24th of April

So this started as a striped affair, but as with lots of art, I made a mistake and it worked out better. God of the screw up we thank you. I'd laid out the colourful strips, all prim and ready for some pritt stick action, and my clumsy arse knocked it. It set everything on an angle and I realised it looked like sun beams, and the rest is, as they say, history.


That's it folks

... Join me next Friday where tackle colourful beetles, funky typography and self portraits. Head on over to Twitter and tag me any arty creations you've made, I love to see how other people engage with the tasks. I'm also on the old Instagram.

If you can't wait until next week for more art, here is where it all began, *sigh* before humanity got it's arse handed to it by nature; Week 1.

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