Wednesday, 9 November 2011
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Sunday, 6 November 2011
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Saturday, 5 November 2011
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Date 5th Nov..
Day 2 of the #ManicArtChallenge
Todays completed drawing picture number 8 (only 4 more to go!!)
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Friday, 4 November 2011
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IT STARTED TODAY !!!! #ManicArtChallenge
So its now 15:17pm on Friday 4th November
I have completed 3 drawings so far....
Only 9 more to go !!!!
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Sunday, 23 October 2011
He lived all alone,
Of plaster and stone.
With presents to give,
In this home did live.
A strange sight I did see
Not even a tree.
Just boots filled with sand,
Of far distant lands.
Awards of all kinds
Came through my mind.
It was dark and dreary
Once I could see clearly.
In this one-bedroom home.
The room in such disorder,
A lone British soldier.
Of whom I’d just read?
The floor for a bed?
That I saw this night
Who were willing to fight.
The children would play
A bright Christmas Day.
Each month of the year
Like the one lying here.
How many alone
In a land far from home.
A tear to my eye
And started to cry.
And I heard a rough voice:
“This life is my choice.
“I don’t ask for more
“My country, My corps.”
And drifted to sleep,
I continued to weep.
So silent and still,
From the cold night’s chill.
On that cold, dark night,
So willing to fight.
With a voice, soft and pure,
“It’s Christmas Day, all is secure.”
And I knew he was right:
And to all a good night.”
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Wednesday, 12 October 2011
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Sunday, 25 September 2011
Today's drawing from start to finish, it took just over 12hrs, Again I worked from Andrew Schofields amazing photograph (@andrewschof on Twitter)
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Saturday, 24 September 2011
I started on this Merlin yesterday, I was working from one of Andrew Schofield (@andrew_schof_ on Twitter) amazing photographs.
I left it last night as the lighting was terrible then went back to it in natural light this morning to add the finishing touches.
I have to say I'm very happy with it !!
Thanks for popping by to have a peek..
Posted by Manic-Art at 05:33
Thursday, 22 September 2011
The Apache I did for @Pilot_MikeB (Twitter)
13 hours very well spent.
And here it is in its new home... I have visiting rights, supervised of course !! haha
Posted by Manic-Art at 07:37
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
This is my latest drawing I worked from one of Major Paul Smyths amazing photographs of a Sniper.
This picture is larger than my other Military work and is A3 in size. It took just over 15 hours to complete but it was well worth the extra effort.
Limited prints of some of my Military work will soon be available to purchase all profits going to Combat Stress.
So watch this space and I will update you accordingly
Thanks for taking the time to view my blog..
Posted by Manic-Art at 10:10
Sunday, 11 September 2011
After 10 hours work I'm very pleased with yesterdays drawing.
A did this drawing for the lovely @ahpilot (on twitter)
Lots of detail in this drawing & it was a challenge but I do so love a challenge.
Thanks for looking as always
Posted by Manic-Art at 23:36
Saturday, 10 September 2011
A drawing for Thank You Soldier ~> http://thankyousoldier.co.uk/ & @thankusoldier on Twitter.
Its a more detailed take on their logo.
If you would like to see more of my Military drawings you can view them all on my website at:
Thanks for looking as always
Posted by Manic-Art at 10:15
Saturday, 27 August 2011
So after a few days working on other drawings I'm back on track building up this fantastic portfolio.
This is my latest drawing of a Rear Gunner on board a Chinook finished last night, it took me just over 10 hours to complete.
In the last 72 hours I've clocked up an amazing 32 hours of drawing time... go ME !!
I rather like this drawing as it's very striking and you kind of get drawn into it. One of the things I love to do in my drawings is to get them to look as if they a photograph.. & I believe I nailed it with this one !!!
This project really is testing my artistic talents, which is great I feel I am learning and improving with every drawing.
So I now have 6 drawings complete, I think its now time to put some plans together and organise 'getting this show on the road' as they say.
If you have any suggestions or ideas regarding this project feel free to share them with me, after all this portfolio is all about raising as much funds as possible for charity to help & support the British Armed Forces.
Thanks for looking in..
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Monday, 22 August 2011
I have finished it... Yay !!
This drawing has took me an age to do as there was so much work involved, I wouldn't even try to guess at how any hours I've spent on it..
I have to say I think it was well worth the effort & I am very pleased with the end result.
So on to the next drawing as they say...
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Friday, 19 August 2011
Apologies all as I've being suffering the lurgy but I'm on the mend :) so I thought I should update you all on my progress so far..
This drawing needs patience !! there is lots of work involved & I am gutted my time table has been put back... but I'm back on the job & working hard :)
Thanks for looking as always..
Posted by Manic-Art at 15:22
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
The painting was not going as well as I'd planned so rather than give up on it I've decided to put it a side (just for now) & concentrate on my drawings.
This is my latest drawing...
This is the first stage, as you can see I'm not so good at sketching.. I tend to over do it, I blame that on me being a Virgo & forever striving for perfection !!
Its the all or nothing syndrome as I call it ;)
This is the drawing after 4 hours work...
So now you know what I'm up too..
Thanks for looking as always
Posted by Manic-Art at 07:52
Sunday, 7 August 2011
I just thought I'd share my view with you.. I am painting a picture today as part of this 'drawing' project. I know that's kind of moving away from what it says on the box "Drawings Of The British Armed Forces In Afghanistan" but I couldn't resist I loved Major Paul Smyth's photograph of this Chinook in a mist of sand so much that I thought I could do it better justice in the form of a painting.
A closer view of my progress so far..
I just love painting !!!
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Saturday, 6 August 2011
My finished Chinook...
I have spent most of today working on this drawing & you should see the colour of me, my table & my floor I love messy art !!
So after many layers of soft pastels and pastel pencils this is the end result..
I enjoyed doing this drawing as it is in colour, don't get me wrong I love drawing with graphite pencils but working with pastels is fun & the colours are so cheerful I can't help but get drawn into this picture. Its like you can feel the heat and also feel the sand swirling around hitting your skin from the force of the blades on the Chinook.
Its a 3D drawing imagination style !!
Thanks as always for taking the time to look at my blog.
Posted by Manic-Art at 17:28
Yes it's in 'Colour' :)
I thought I would share my progress of this soft pastel drawing as it will change dramatically as I build it up. The idea of showing you it as it stands now is to let you see how I plan my drawings.
Firstly I start by getting a good sense of shapes & sizes of the objects using faint pencil marks then I applied a thin layer of soft pastel which I rub in gently.
Now I have my base I can start work on building up the drawing, for the finer more detailed areas I will use pastel pencils for greater effect.
So there you go, you now have an idea of where I'm going with this piece...
Posted by Manic-Art at 05:07
Thursday, 4 August 2011
Drawing number three is finished..
Titled: Chief Of The Skies..
Can you tell what it is yet ?? haha... sorry I couldn't resist !!
So that's drawing number three now complete, what do you think ?! I'm very happy with it. Surprisingly though it was quite difficult to draw, there was me thinking it would be a doddle but no I had to zoom in & out of the original photograph for hours to make sure I got as much detail in as possible, talk about motion sickness *winks*
The materials I used for this piece were Derwent graphic pencils on A3 white 200gsm paper.
Thanks for checking out my blog & looking at my work !!
Posted by Manic-Art at 07:58
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Chief of the skies...
Well now what do you think of this little beauty ?!
This is my first EVER attempt at a mechanical piece of transport/machinery being more use to the human form this has been yet another challenge... It is by no means finished but I just thought I'd share my progress so far, as it has turned out (at this stage) much better than expected !!
This project is turning into a real learning curve for me I feel like I'm testing my artistic skills in every new drawing and boy am I enjoying it..
I am sure that by tomorrow this piece will be finished, so stay tuned & keep on following my updates..
As always thank you for reading my blog & viewing my progress so far.
Posted by Manic-Art at 16:30
Drawing number two is now complete...
Titled: On Patrol..
All in all I'd say this took me around 17 hours to complete, there is a lot of detail in this drawing and I didn't want to rush it & spoil it.
I hope as you look at the drawing you get the feeling that the soldier to the back is out of focus, that is my aim anyway... as this is the case in the original photograph.
Again this piece was completed using Derwent graphic pencils on a sheet of A3 200gsm paper.
Posted by Manic-Art at 09:09
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
After 10 hours of work..
This is the second drawing for my portfolio and already it is starting to take shape... this drawing has been a challenge as I am trying to get a blurred effect/out of focus image of the soldier to the back of the picture.
I have filled in the main detail today and tomorrow I will move on to the clothing, shading then final touch ups.
I expect by tomorrow evening to have this drawing finished.
Today has been a very productive day, I have spoke to many people over the last few days who have had nothing but nice things to say about this project, this is so encouraging and I am so overwhelmed by all the positive comments I am getting.
So I would like to thank each & everyone of you who is taking the time to read this blog & view my work.
Posted by Manic-Art at 13:57
And so my project begins...
This is the first drawing (of many) to be included in my portfolio and I have to say it really did turn out better than I expected.
I am trying to get my drawings to look as realistic as possible, an approach I am particularly enjoying doing.
The materials I used in this piece were Derwent graphic pencils, on white 200gsm paper.
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