The Nguni cow’s portrait

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Nguni Portrait – Ink on paper, A3 200gsm.

I had the opportunity recently to paint cows again for a commissioned ink work, which is now in its home in Hermanus enjoying the ocean air.

Some notes on the process:

  1. A fairly rough sketch in 5B pencil on some paper to warm up and have a better look at the image – hey bingo, a separate artwork (below).
  2. Plot the basic lines in 2H pencil on the A3 paper using a light box (read: my window) and the reference image for proportion accuracies.
  3. Ink time! Start with large areas of washes in very watered down ink where the darkest areas/shadows lie in the image.
  4. Work on layers, painting smaller areas but darker shades, building up the details.
  5. Work
  6. Work
  7. Work
  8. Use your finest paintbrush, add the detailed finishing lines, like lashes and stray hairs.
  9. Sign.
  10. Hey pesto. Nguni portrait done 🙂
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Practice sketch

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All images are © Amy Slatem.

WIN a Scribble Doodle book!

Doodled Amy Slatem (c) 2016

It’s small, it fits into your handbag or back pocket, just needs a pen or pencil and some imagination. 

Scribble Doodles is the procrastinator’s perfect pocket book. Filled with 40 pages of creativity-starters and doodle platforms, this little book will keep you busy and offer the perfect distraction when you probably should be doing or paying attention to something else…

Each “activity” is based on a scribble which you draw onto, into, over, under, tippex on, paint, scratch out, write on or just colour in to create new creatures, constructions or mindless pen-wonderings.
At the start of April I’ll be giving away 2 copies of this little gem, one to a chosen Facebook fan, and one to an Instagram fan.

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Amy Slatem (c) 2016

Turn the scribbles into weird and wonderful doodlings 🙂

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Like ‘Amy Slatem Illustration’ on Facebook and/or follow @shmaymee on Instagram
2. Download and print the below Scribble Doodle and transform it into something interesting. Get creative, let loose. Draw on it, tippex things, heck… you could even cut it up and rebuild it if you want!
3. Upload your artwork (or a photo of it) to either FB or Instagram using #ScribbleDoodlesCompetition and make sure to tag me (so I know you’re in it to win it)
4. On the 31st March (DEADLINE!) I’ll choose 3 of the best entries submitted on FB and 3 of the best from Instagram and put them up on FB & Insta for public voting from 1 April-7 April 2016.
5. The entry with the most likes on the respective social media by the end of Thursday (07/04/16) WINS!
i.e. ONE winner on FACEBOOK + ONE winner on INSTAGRAM = 2 winners!!
6. I’ll contact you, get your postal address and send you your prize (RSA only).

GET DOODLING!

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Save and print this image.

Ink painting teaser video

I wanted to have a go at a “live painting” recording by doing a short one of a quick figurative ink painting. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the whole painting process recorded because I don’t have my tripod with me in Joburg and had to make an alternative plan with the camera set-up… which worked for the duration of this vid before the camera fell off its make-shift perch (the camera made it out unscathed, don’t worry).

But I’ll need to work on that and getting better video editing programs, so don’t take this video too seriously, but rather as a work in progress/first attempt.

Below is the finished piece, with another portrait work from earlier this morning:

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23dom: Week 1. 23/01/15 – 30/01/15

Day 1. Friday. 23/01/15
#BIRTHDAY

Day-1“It’s ma birfday, it’s ma birfday, Ima spend ma money.” – as according to Will.i.am.  And there I sat on my bed in the morning before work on a Friday, opening my presents brought back from home over the holiday, waiting patiently for this day. I’m 23. No more Taylor Swifting now, but then again: “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. It’s miserable and magical.” Oh yeah!


Day 2. Saturday. 24/01/15
#SHATTERED

Day-2Shattered was my passenger window. Shattered were my emotions, my security. Shattered as I drove home from the best day spent with my best mates in the Joburg Botanical Gardens for my birthday picnicing. Shattered went my window as I came to a robot and a man broke my window, got half into my car, and tried to take my bag. Hello crime. Bad timing.


Day 3. Sunday. 25/01/15
#REPORT

Day-3With crime comes admin and police stations. Today I learnt how to file a police report. And got hit on by a police officer. Could SOMEONE in an authoritative role in this country please just do right.


Day 4. Monday. 26/01/15
#BLACKOUT

Day-4Eskom is going through a very selfish stage and doesn’t want to share its power. For that, we’re experiencing total blackouts for a few hours at a time, which is actually only bad when you’re at home, at night, alone, in the dark, after a traumatic experience (see day 2). Buuuuut… when it happens during the day at work, well then it’s not my loss…


Day 5. Tuesday. 27/01/15
#BEERBROS

Day-5Our lunch break was only granted late afternoon when the power was expected to go out. Starving, us cool people hit up our local lunch spot (which is also conveniently unaffected by power outages). Chillin’ with da boys, dranking beer – the only way to do it.


Day 6. Wednesday. 28/01/15
#SUNNY

Day-6Sometimes it’s necessary to take a moment to remember that the smiling, fabulous models in magazines are paid to look so. They’re working a job. It can’t all be peachy. They leave that wardrobe in the office. I also just felt like tearing up some magazine pages.


Day 7. Thursday. 29/01/15
#LOVE&ATTRACTION

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Well because Austin Kleon is the bomb dig, and the writer of the book I’m busy reading about how to show you creative work to the world. This guy. His brain is great. And so inspiring.

Book of Faces illustrations

DSC_2252Ash2 AyandaBellaDSC_2269RubenPhilNoddyDSC_2266Robin NadiaDSC_2264MitchI asked friends on Facebook to “nominate” their faces (i.e. their current profile picture) for my portrait studies series to practice capturing one’s real/online personality through quick sketches/paintings. The portraits all have a blue tint to them because the fineliner I used bled when mixed with water, which turned out to really work as paint in its own way.