Little things please little minds… but that’s ok.
A horny pawn with an erection.
A small design to put on various t-shirts and items:
Little things please little minds… but that’s ok.
A horny pawn with an erection.
A small design to put on various t-shirts and items:
This is Little Deano Bear aka LDB. He is my house-mate, studio-assistant, food taster and asker of strange questions. He has also modelled for me to draw and paint and sculpt, and can sit surprisingly still for such a mischievous bear.
Here he is in one of the first drawings he sat for
And here he is being very patient while I sculpt
The finished piece
Now all painted and eyes put in
He can also sometimes be a very thoughtful bear
You can follow LDB on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/LilDeanoBear?lang=en for updates on his daily antics. And I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t 😉
And his big brother is on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Deano_bear?lang=en
The Deano Bears have recently set up a blog too: https://deanobears837325318.wordpress.com/
If it wasn’t for this little bear I think I’d go quite mad! 😉
I have a few online shops with various designs available on a variety of items. I also have a shop for the sale and commission of original artworks too.
Redbubble is awesome and has a wide range of items and produces high quality prints on high quality products: Redbubble Shop
Spreadshirt is an excellent site for T-Shirts. The prints and materials are very good quality: Spreadshirt Shop
Etsy is where I sell original art and can take commissions too: Etsy Shop
I hope you find something you like either for yourself or as a present.
Thanks for stopping by ¦¬)
For more information please visit My Website
Hello dear art lover!
I am a self employed, full time artist and have been for some years now. I struggle to make a living and most months I am one rent cheque away from eviction. I live very frugally and put as much as I can of what I earn back into new projects and materials.
I have never asked for money in any way online before, but I now see many people using this method successfully to enable them to continue working as a creative / content creator. As someone who works and lives alone I don’t really have much of a support network to speak of (don’t get out much, you see?) I’m really hoping that seeking patrons is the way to go.
As little as £1 or $1 a month for regular updates of work-in-progress pictures and sculptures could go towards keeping me with a roof over my head and food in my belly. Not to mention materials and supplies etc., which have become insanely expensive these days.
For larger monthly donations and one-off contributions I am offering original artworks, mostly illustrations, but also paintings and small sculptures. Simply send me a picture to work from and I will make an original piece of art. It can be a picture of anything at all.
I have also set up a ‘Goal’ on Patreon. The Goal is to make the garage in the garden into a studio so that I can work more easily all year round and create many more pieces of art and hopefully more sophisticated works of art too.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope it persuades you to become a patron, and if it does I will be eternally grateful.
It was my birthday late last month and my wonderful partner, Anna-Lena, got me a copy of Shaun Tan’s The Bird King – an artist’s notebook, and it is both beautiful and inspiring to read and look at. I will never grow tired of it. My sister also bought me an actual artist’s notebook and I now have a few more sketches and doodles to share with the world.
The picture below is a face, kind of, until you tilt your head to the left. Now it’s two cyclists about to go round a bend. I know that feeling!
Here’s one from way back when. Nude self portrait. Included for no special reason:
Below is the work in progress cover illustration for book 3.
Who are your favourite illustrators? Do you have a favourite illustrated story? Would love to hear from you as it is a great way of finding new art and artists and inspiration.
What story would you illustrate or like to see illustrated?
One day I hope to make one of my own!
Please check my website for more art and info on methods and pricing: Dean Harkness Artist
If you got this far, thank you, and Happy Holidays!
August came to a good end with the completion of a book cover design and set of 10 illustrations for book two of Jim West’s Magicae series. As always I was still working on things right up until the last day, but there was no rush and no panic and things had run to course extremely well due to setting realistic completion dates at the outset. I so often get requests for cover design work just a few weeks before the work is needed and it’s never a good start to a project. Felt great to have enough time to work on this set of illustrations which included nine black and white drawings and one full colour cover painting. It’s great working with someone who can think like an illustrator and has clear ideas about what is needed; It makes the whole process a joy.
Other than one or two rough pencil sketches at the very beginning the rest of the project was entirely made digitally.
I started off thinking that I may make all nine of the black and white illustrations by using just one brush type in Photoshop and try to best replicate a pencil, and then use cross hatching and other techniques for filling in large areas of dark and for all detail shading. This was partly to ensure that there would be continuity between book one and book two. – I had made all nine illustrations for book one using pencil and paper.
With the first one or two illustrations I could already see that I was slipping from my decision to stick solely to trying to mimic pencil. While it can be done it kind of defeats the point of working digitally. However I did not want to completely abandon the initial restriction I had placed on myself, and what soon developed was a mixture of techniques whereby I used a relatively strict pencil-like brush for the characters in the foreground, and for background work I used much larger, painterly type brushes and used them very sparingly. Then I played with settings so that the two styles did not seem at odds with each other.
For the majority of the time, generally speaking, I work from source images often taken by and featuring myself and anyone else I can rope into it, or failing that a search online. Thanks to my wonderful partner, Anna-Lena, this is made so much easier when we are together as we both enjoy photography and the acting about and dressing up that is always required. Once I have the photos I need I can, if necessary, adjust them in Photoshop to suit the required age and gender of the character being portrayed.
The first two images below are the only ones made with nothing but a pencil-like Photoshop brush.
Mada, and Maya with a pile of strings.
Alex leaping across a wide river.
Alex using a crystal to fend off a pack of wolves in a night-time forest scene.
Diades and Demetrius gathering flames into the golden band of power.
Man wearing a Minotaur’s mask and charging out of a labyrinth.
Archimedes working through the night.
Nyliaj and Alyal in the a night-time forest being chased by wolves.
The Guardian, Rawna, comforting a wounded guardian in the arena.
This is the completed cover illustration and layout design for the paperback version of the book.
I am very pleased to say that I will be working with Jim on book three of the Magicae Series next and expect to start on a new set of illustrations and a cover design any day now.
I hope you enjoyed the images and the bit of background info about the process.
Thanks for stopping by!
You can see more of my cover designs, illustrations and other artwork at my website here.
I recently finished a cover illustration and design for the third book in a trilogy. This final book is called The Time Garden. I made it using my digital tablet which I am still learning how to use effectively, and this is how it turned out.
I particularly like the bear, but then again who doesn’t like bears?
I often find that I have several commissions on the go at any one time for book cover designs and illustrations, but things have been a bit quiet of late so I have been keeping busy with other things, which has been fun too. I don’t often get to make things for my own pleasure so it has been nice to have the opportunity to do so once again.
One of the first things I made was an oil painting of a friend’s dog. The dog is called Gandalf. It is only a small painting – about 7 x 8 inches – and I had not used oils in a very long time. As much as I can see all the faults in the picture I was still happy with the result and it got me painting again. I have always loved to paint animals as they are so free and beautiful. Here is the finished result.
One thing I really enjoy about art and the making of it is the idea that leads to it. Sometime the idea is more important to me than the finished item. And sometimes I have had an idea for years and years before realising exactly how I need to execute it. One idea I’ve had for a while but which I only thought to draw very recently was the one below.
A ring of truth. Now, wouldn’t one of those be handy?
I’ve also begun work on a logo for my book cover design and illustration business. The only names for the business that came to mind were either Dharkness Designs or Dean Harkness Designs. In designing the logo I seemed to settle on the second of those names. The letters DHD lent themselves nicely to a design representing a book cover, and this is what I have made so far.
The H represents the spine of a book, and the corners represent crop marks. I’m quite happy with it and it felt like it had a fairly organic genesis. I need to convert it into a digital image suitable for printing and resizing etc., but have been having issues with the pen tool in Photoshop. It’s a tricksy little bugger, but brilliant when it works. I’ll sort it out soon.
It’s always a good feeling to actually draw something one has thought about for a very long time. I sometimes find that the reason I haven’t drawn, or painted, or sculpted these ideas is because of the amount of work I think may be involved, and yet in nearly every case they do not take as long as I think they will, and they don’t exactly feel like work anyway. I think I can be like that about a lot of things – always worrying about what will be involved in doing the thing I want to do rather than looking forward to the thing itself. I really must learn to get over that, or I may never do anything ever again!
I’ve noticed recently a lot of the time when I share something online that many people think it is just something I have found on the Net and am sharing just for the fun of it rather than realising it is my own work. I have always been very resistant to watermarking things partly because it doesn’t look so great, but also because it’s a bit of a pain to have to do it. Something else I need to get over.
If you would like to see more of my Book Cover Designs and Illustrations plus lots more then please do visit my site: http://deanharkness.co.uk/ and feel free to leave a comment or contact me for more information.
What do you do for you own pleasure when not pursuing your dream or working for ‘the man’?
For the month of July (2014) I am running a special offer for my illustration and book cover design services at the discounted rate of 25% off my normal fee. Any commissions taken on in that time will not necessarily have to be completed within that period but simply agreed upon and a quote and time scale arranged.
I do hope you or someone you know will take advantage of this offer, so do please help in spreading the word if you can – your support would be very appreciated.
E-book cover layout designs will be £37.50 instead of £50
Paperback layout designs will be £41.25 instead of £55
Hardback layout designs will be £48.75 instead of £65
Illustrations vary but I can give a quote based on what is needed and then make the reduction before you decide whether or not to commission me for your project.
Please take a look at my website for examples of my work. I try to show a varied selection of styles and genres, and am always happy to try new things.
As well as book covers, there are also pages showing examples of my other illustrations, sculptures, and designs that I hope give a broader sense of the various ways in which I work.
You can contact or connect with me using the links below:
Please help spread the word. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
This post is from my old blogging site, Posterous, which no longer exists.
One of the most valuable things I ever learnt about design, and more specifically letter form, or typography, was to look at letters as though they are alive, to imagine them as some kind of animal. Once you do that you can see what the body language of that animal is saying. In it’s natural condition an individual letter should look balanced and at rest, evenly weighted and in its own space. This developed over millennia and we give it no thought at all when reading. In fact we can give it no thought at all for that very reason: Everything looks set, and in it’s natural position. There is nothing to distract the eye, and the reading can be automatic.
Basically every letter in the alphabet has unique characteristics that have become embedded into our subconscious. A designer is simply someone who has become aware of what makes a letter look like a letter, which in turn gives one the ability to distort those characteristics without loosing sight of the readability factor.
Letter form evolved certain characteristics due to the tools used to make them. Flat sticks, brushes, and chisels make thin lines at certain angles and thick lines at others. Also, because of human anatomy, some parts of a letter are more upright and some are more angled because most scribes were right handed and wrote left to right.
Below is a good example. All we need to look at is the capital letter ‘A’.
In the top version, compared to a standard letter ‘A’, it looks as though it is standing on tip-toe, or has its shoulders hunched, or is tense and uptight. In the bottom version the ‘A’ is balanced and at rest. Relaxed.
Just reversing a letter can show how many subtle elements are involved in its construction:
See? [The 2nd one is the correct one. The less you think about it the easier it is to see.]
And don’t even get me started on kerning and leading! You could drive a bus through some of it, or not get a tram ticket between the rest!
Once all the letters are sorted and each letter and word looks like a contained and happy unit there comes the element of placing. Placing is everything, as is scale and proportion. You are unlikely to get it right by accident or by instinct. In other words: use a professional 😉
I have often found that after studying something for years it will be a single simple comment that someone makes that teaches me more in a few seconds than a decade’s worth of thinking about it. I had the same experience with writing poetry Has that ever happened to you?
Thanks to all who commented before. Below are the comments and responses: