Halloween Kit: Nevermore

27 09 2012

At PSP Tube Stop we are always thinking of ways to give the best to our costumers. Lisa was thinking and squeezing her brains screaming “Enough of orange and purple! This is supposed to be a ‘scary’ thing!” when she came up with a Gothic theme for this Halloween’s kit. The palette was inspired on this piece:

By W.D. Noble

So off we went to work on this creepy scrapkit including tombs, witches, Gothic frames, creepy trees and scary backgrounds.

As an anecdote, this time around Lisa was going through some difficult times so she trusted me the honor of taking care of this one. I have to say I have a new found respect for Lisa’s work, it is difficult, time consuming and mentally taxing to be the person in charge of coordinating artists, editing their work, tubing, changing colors and pushing to meet the deadline in a nice manner. She is an awesome person for many reasons, and now I get a glimpse into what a hard worker she is, given that she is the one taking care of all this in a regular fashion. Lisa, you are wonderful!

And so, without further ado I’ll leave you with this beautiful scrapkit:

Nevermore.

 

This scrapkit comes with 15 backgrounds, 13 frames, and 37 objects. Contributing artists are Constanza Ehrenhaus, Katerina Koukiotis, Jenny Heidewald and Lisa Cree.





Tattoo design: The Salmon of Knowledge

21 09 2012

It has been a while since I’ve had the energy for doing art. My first trimester of pregnancy is exhausting and a toddler at home, as good and sweet and well behaved as he is, also demands a lot of attention, so it is just now that I can sit and draw some. Because I am not still 100% back (will I ever?) I decided to dig up some sketches for tattoos I’ve made in the past that never made it to the final stages, I chose one that I really liked and started tweaking until I got the design nailed.

So here it is my Salmon of Knowledge. I like it a lot because of the way it flows, because of the symbols included, and because I really like the legend.

Constanza Ehrenhaus (c) 2012

The salmon of Knowledge.
Wisdom, eternity, water, flow, dynamic equilibrium.

As I was working on it all the time I could hear in my head the song Listen to the River by Luka Bloom.





Interview with Aaron Pocock

11 09 2012

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Hi Aaron, can you please tell our readers about your artistic formation?

Like the story goes… I’ve been drawing from a very young age. I was a very shy little boy who mumbled and stumbled over my words, I found it a lot easier to communicate visually and so developed a great love of drawing and it kind of went from there. I used to copy my favourite pictures from comics and annuals and from picture books I loved. I’m totally self-taught, every now and again I wish my ability would have come a lot quicker (which I’m sure it does when you have instruction) but as a Taurean, I think teaching myself has made the lessons sink in a lot deeper, I’m a self-taught musician also, if I love to do something I intend to take it as far as I possibly can, to do what I love for a living is fabulous.

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Who have been your inspirations?

Goodness, too many… Nature always inspires me, the writings of my favourite author Charles De Lint always inspire me, he’s so visual, I’m not sure if he plucks images from out of my head or places them there, but his work is tangible, living magic-I was very fortunate to have him allow me the use of some very kind comments he made about my art for my latest book ‘Touched By Magic’. (very blessed fellow I am…)
I’d love to list all the artists that inspire me but it’d take too long, from the top of my head I’d list: David Wyatt (an old pal from my 20’s), Charles Vess, Michael Hague, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Arthur Rackham, Frank Frazetta, Alan Lee, John Howe… there are so many more…

What are your tools of choice?

Pencils, pens, dip pens, brushes, watercolours, acrylics, oils and photoshop, and sometimes all of the above.

What is the importance of daily sketching? How do you keep up with this practice?

To me, it’s all important. I draw for a living and I’ve found that if I slack-off for even a day or two, my work becomes stiff and lifeless, I’ve been on month long holidays and it’s like a nightmare if I haven’t drawn to then try and get back into the swing of things… Nowadays, even when I’m on holiday I’ll sketch, at least one thing, or get at least one idea down, on a normal day though, I’ll sketch 3-4 things or see an idea take shape  just to keep my eye and my hand loose, there’s no shortcut I’m afraid.

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What are your best assets? And weaknesses?

My best? I believe I’ve somehow harnessed the ability to make people nostalgic, and to wonder.
My worst? Impatience. I’m terribly impatient (for a taurean).

How would you like to see your art grow?

Well, in a number of ways… I think I’d like to see it become more well-known, I’d like to actually ‘master’ a medium, like most artists, I just want to get better and better, I think that’s a thread we (artists) all share, not to strive for perfection as such, but to develop as best we can.

What attracts you to take part in SketchFest every month?

I would love to take part every month, but I get so busy with commissions and things that it’s hard to find the time so I do it when I can. The camaraderie from all participants is incredible, Ellen has done a wonderful job promoting and maintaining the sketch fest. I’ve made some lovely friends from my time there. I believe it promotes growth as an artist and more importantly, it’s great for people to bounce ideas and receive praise from their peers.

Where can our readers find your art?

My blog:
aaronpocock.wordpress.com

My website:
www.pocockillustration.com

my youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/thatspaceinbetween

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