Birds, Repeating Pattern – Wagtails

December 06, 2011

This is the start of the drawing; it is a repeating pattern so the clouds line up top and bottom.

repeating pattern of wagtilas (watercolour ion progress)

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55 million years old lizard that’ll eat you for breakfast! Crocodile Illustration

December 05, 2011

The Crocodile is an Icon of how life can prevail. At the end of the Eocene period from which it is first recognised to have come from (56-35 Million years ago) there was a massive extinction event called Grande Coupure or the “Great Break”. It caused widespread extinctions and isolated may spices forcing them to evolve. The crocodile Came through unscathed.

This is the start of an illustration of a crocodile. I’ve nearly finished the drawing , soon on with the watercolour.
Drawing of a crocodile in progress

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Illustrators Unlimited published by Gestalten

December 01, 2011

Illustrators Unlimited by Gestalten in Berlin is a collection of contemporary illustration from around the world. They included my work in this anthology, which was nice! There are many excellent illustrators included and you get a feel for trends happening today. If you want a copy gohere.
These Three Illustrations below are featured.

 

Sailor with Tattoos illustration

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Tiger in its Natural Habitat (in the forests of the night)

November 28, 2011

Tiger watercolour illustration
This illustration was a battle! I was so inspired by the plight of the tiger that I highlighted it in my earlier post. I wanted to stylise the tiger and put his environment inside him, but more than that, I wanted to introduce the camouflage element of stripes that are so distinctly “tiger”. As you’ll see below, I drew out a whole drawing and then abandoned it. It was bit too “pussy cat with a busted up back-end!” I Needed it to be more stealthy. So back to the drawing board I went – this is happening a lot lately. I seem to get too far down a particular avenue before I realise it’s wrong…

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Tiger, tiger, burning bright

November 25, 2011

Illustration in progress. Tiger in its natural habitat.

Tiger illustration in progress

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Skateboarder illustration in Ammo Magazine.

November 14, 2011

I got this in the post form Ammo Magazine. This illustration of mine is in issue 8. Lots of other great illustration in there.
You can see this illustration in progress in one of my earlier posts here
illustration od a skateboarder in the clouds
image © Daniel Mackie

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Animals in their natural habitat. The Great Grey Owl.

November 10, 2011

illustration of a great grey owl in watercolour

This illustration of The Great Grey Owl was inspired firstly by it’s size. It is very large.
This species of owl lives in the northern hemisphere, from North America to northern Asia, they breed in the coniferous forests in the high northern latitudes, between the tundra, and the temperate forest.

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“super fresh watercolour illustrations”

November 02, 2011

Some of illustrations described as “super fresh watercolour illustrations” have been featured on my modern met blog check em out.
my modern met Daniel mackie

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….of mother natures recipes…

November 01, 2011

aking up from my earlier post. The bear is finished. Black bear in his natural environment. Well with a bit of imaginative license!
Bear in the woods. Animals in their natural habitat

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The “bear” necessities!

October 31, 2011

This illustration is of a bear, kind of camouflaged in his habitat. It was conceived with a series in mind (the others are still thumb nails in my sketch book), the theme being animals in their natural environment.

This black bear is in the forest, where he should be. This forest has taken on a kind of magical quality as my imagination started to run rampant!

More and more of animals’ natural habitat is being encroached upon. The bear was a good place to start. Like urban foxes, they have adapted to the environmental changes they’ve faced by learning to rummage in bins for their food. Bears pull open car doors and trunks of people’s cars in US national parks. It is true that have adapted but they shouldn’t have to get their dinner out of someone’s car!

Illustration of a bear in a forest in progress
I started with the branch going from right to left. This is like a barrier – this is my forest not yours!

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