Sunday, 30 June 2013


Still playing with Hobby headshapes and getting the eyes in right place- here's a try-out at a 3D model rendered in shiny blue to reflect a fine summer's day.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Hobbies and black holes

This version of an Island Mere Hobby should have been done/painted/posted/filed last month, but it went all muddy on me and had to be hosed down and re-painted:  now it's done I think, although I'm still puzzling over whether to paint in a hint of the eye that is in shade.  It will go wrong for sure if I try..
It's a tricky one- usually when I see a Hobby you just don't quite get the eye-ring, but still when you paint a Hobby, things just seem not right until you stick it in.

Here's another from a couple of years ago initially painted as seen (so dark holes where eye should be) but I've recently cracked and dabbed in some detail.  It looks better for it [feet are still too lumpy and prominent but that can be fixed another day].

Here's weird looking Hobby with wrong-shape eyebrow and no eye-ring..

Improved Hobby below with a bit of face detail in roughly the right places.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

sticking at it

Today's inspirational image- after 275 unsuccessful attempts (pic1) a Woodpigeon has finally got 1 stick (pic2) wedged on ledge in my garage.


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Boom boom

A marvellous booming Bittern yesterday, blue skin in front of the eye brighter than a damselfly's bum.  This one was booming with his neck stretched out a bit, not as hunched and inflated as sometimes.  Still grand though.