Leading up to the Christmas holidays I created a handful of illustrations for friends and family, one of these being a highland cow. Did you know that the highland cow is the oldest cattle breed in the world! People have loved these long-haired, crazy looking dudes for centuries!
So anyway, I thought I’d create a quick blog post that shows my highland cow creation process. When creating fine art I do find I enter a pretty deep flow state, often losing an hour or three in the blink of an eye! As/when I remember, I do try and capture my progress, taking a quick photo on my iPhone.
I use Google images (or a photo I am given) for inspiration, or sometimes I draw from memory. It really depends on the subject matter. A pencil outline is “step one”, this allows me to make mistakes and gives me a platform to build on.
No more pencil, its over to pen! With an outline in place I let my imagination take over, adding my own twist and style to an image. No room for error!
At this stage my highland cow art is nearing completion. Again no room for error, this particular illustration took a few hours from start to finish. You wouldn’t want to make a mistake and start again!
I do get a massive sense of achievement creating art like this, what was once an empty sheet of paper now contains something unique, one of a kind! Art is also a great escape from tech and business, we all need a “happy place”, I am lucky that mine forms part of my day job. Please check out Sea Life Art for more illustrations, added a link below.
Until next time, keep it tidy!