Fairyland Wall

Last summer, me and two friends, who both studied illustration with me, were commission to paint a wall mural in Fairyland, Neath with a fairy tale theme. I posted sketches and ideas for the wall ages ago but will leave a link to that post here:

https://scottkeenanillustration.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/fairyland-wall-commission-sketches/

Over several weeks, we worked together to create this wall mural, using classical fairy tale themed imagery, like unicorns, fairies, mermaids and dragons to create the mural. The photos I’ve included were taken over all of these weeks and show our progress.

I personally worked mainly on the forest area and the mermaids and unicorn. I also added famous fairy tale motifs to the forest area like Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread house, Rapunzel’s Tower, Red Riding Hood, the wicked witch from Snow White, and various mushroom houses.

Due to time restraints, as all three of us work, and weather conditions, we never actually completed the wall. I was only really small details that needed to be finished, the entire wall is painted, but it did need a few more details added.

Despite this, the wall mural was a great opportunity for us, as we got to work on a much bigger scale than we are used to and with different mediums than our usual ones. It was also great to work on something that would be included in a community and will be there for a long time.

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Alice

I’ve been looking back at some old work lately and found a development image from my Wonderland project which featured screen-printed roses and a painted Alice. it based on an earlier in drawing I had drawn earlier in the project, and after I found it, I decided to try an finish painting Alice into the image.

I’ve actually struggled adding Alice into the image by painting her, so in the meantime I decided to digitally add the original drawing of her into the screen-printed image, as you can see above. I’m not a digital artist, and anyone can probably see that the digital alterations aren’t great, however I’m still quite happy with the final result.

I’m still working on the painting though, and will upload it when I have completed it.

Book of Portraits, Part 45: Olga

The 17th of July is the date of the murder of the Romanov family, and this year is the 99th anniversary of their death. Here are my recent drawings of Olga, the eldest child of the family.
I have been drawing the Romanov family for quite a few years now, and have even done projects based around them. As next year will be the 100th anniversary of their death, I would really love to do something to commemorate that.

Book of Portraits Part 44: Tatiana

Next up in my book of portraits is Tatiana, the second child of Nicholas II and Alexandra.
The second two images are drawings based on arguably some of the most famous photos of Tatiana, at least in terms of her look, the short hair with headband, which I think makes her instantly recognisable.
The first image is from a later time in her life, but I’m not sure of the exact date. I do know that at some point when they reached a certain age, the Romanov daughters would begin wearing their hair up, making them look more grown up, rather than down and held back with a bow. My guess is that the original photo was from 19-16 or 1917, but if anyone knows please let me know!

Book of Portraits, Part 43: Maria

So after drawing a few portraits of Anastasia, I thought I may as well draw some other members of the Romanov family, starting with Maria.

I’ve found drawing Maria quite difficult, more so than the other members of the family I would say. I don’t know what it is about her but I feel like I struggle to capture her likeness more than anyone else. But I suppose that can only be improved with more drawing.