Gray Langur Drawing - Hot Off the Drawing Board

Hot off this week’s drawing board is something a bit different for me: this absolutely beautiful Gray Langur (also known as Hanuman Langur, Indian Langur, or Sacred Langur)…

Here, I’ve added the first layers of colour to my drawing, with Promarker pens. Next up, I’ll be adding detail with coloured fineliner pens to add a bit more definition to the drawing.

I’m loving finding out about this Old World Monkey, thinking about where it lives and what it might eat while I decide what foliage to give him as a background for when I create my final artwork from my drawing…

Gray langur drawing with Promarkers - work in progress

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On my Drawing Table...

Here's what I've had on my drawing table for the last couple of weeks ...

I am enjoying the drawing stage very much, but also looking forward to putting these into Adobe Illustrator too, and starting to play....

Behind the Scenes of a Fabric Collection

I'm still busy working away on the live briefs set for us by the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design Ultimate Portfolio Builder course, so I thought I'd share a quick behind the scenes look at what I've been up to with just one of the briefs...

The brief is for a collection of fabrics, to be presented to a quilting fabric company in the UK, Dashwood Studio,  I've been working mine around the theme of Japanese Garden - and I've been busy drawing the motifs and elements to make up the designs within the fabric collection...

My own photos of magnolias and cherry blossom are invaluable as inspiration

Beautiful flowers and foliage from a Japanese garden - from my own photos, or plucked from my own garden....

Foliage is just as important as flowers in a Japanese garden

I am working with a limited colour palette (limited in quantity of colours, but I am free to choose the colours themselves) and have been working hard to get a variety of colours in the collection, plus get the tones across the collection just right...

It's challenging but in a really great way - I'm having fun...   :)

Hopefully I will be back to share the final designs with you before too long, as well ~ Lotti :)

UPDATE: 4 September 2015 - you can now see the final designs here...

Cottage Garden on my Drawing Table

I've been busy trying out new ideas as part of my surface pattern design course - I'm learning to push myself out of my comfort zone with regards to subject matter and technique, and enjoying some creative play (hopefully I will share some of the results in a few weeks - working on lots of different things at the moment!)...

Still, the urge to draw the flowers I see in my garden persists, and I've been taking advantage of the host of cottage garden blooms in my own garden and brought some inside to study more closely...

Here's what I'm drawing this week - I wish you could smell these too - the leaves of each are wonderfully scented...

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Being inspired by flowers from my own cottage garden

I do love this time of year, but feel there are so many things I want to draw, and only so much time - I take lots of photos too .... but there's always something I say I will have to just look forward to drawing next year ;)

Enjoy your week ~ Lotti x