New page with freebies!

Hi guys, ive just been doing some work on my blog & have added a couple of new pages, one for video links & tutorials the other for giveaways… woo hoo!

I hope this makes it easier for you to find everything. 😏😌

To make sure you don’t miss out, follow my blog…just hit the blue ‘follow’ button on my blog, then follow the instructions… you can set it to notify you of new posts & never miss out on a giveaway – ❤️🦁🎨

I also wanted to take a minute to tell you about some exciting news! I am currently working on illustrations for a wonderful childrens story book ‘Fabulous Ferdi’ by author JR Poulter & designer Takara Beech…. it will be released later this year by Word Wings Publishing.

In the meantime I will show you wips & sketches along the way!

©Lion Art Studio – Michelle Webb

img_0022Concept sketches for Fabulous Ferdi…. ©Lion Art Studio

iPad for artists…who’d have thunk it!

I recently purchased an iPad Pro & Apple Pencil… after a lot of research (asking my artist mates)…as i need to work when away from my studio. Much as i lovemy Cintiq 24hd & Alienware i7, neither are particularly portable, & to get the equivalent i need at least $5000 handy….not possible!! So my quest for an alternative led me to Apple, & a handy app called Procreate.. i expected to be able to sketch, rough out ideas & then take them back to work on actual paintings…. but what ive found, is i can do so much more! Procreate provides a nice array of brushes & tools, along with canvas sizes  big enough for large scale output….while the 12.9″ screen of top iPad Pro with 256gb & the impressive, responsive Apple Pencil give artists enough horsepower to accomplish complex artwork with around 10hours batery life. Theres other apps -Adobe sketch, Sketchbook Pro etc but they dont quite measure up to Procreate..

I do love Painter & PS, plus my favourite toy will always be my Cintiq….but im very pleased to bring Apple along for the ride ☺

First sketch trying out Procreate, just mucking around with various brushes.

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Openminds & progressive thinking at Mornington Rotary Art Show!

I have 2 artworks in Rotary Mornington Art Show, opening on Thursday night 19th. Entering my digitally painted pieces into this fine art show, i expected it to be rejected. The fine art world tends to be very anti digital art, the meer thought of it being compared to traditional is enough to turn them white as a ghost!! To my delight & surprise, my work was accepted…showing me things are changing, & that Rotary are very progressive & forward thinking. Dropping of my pieces to the gallery, i saw so much wonderful art….so im looking forward to seeing it all & talking art with other artists & patrons. Hopefully i will sell both, & a percentage goes to Rotary for the various causes they are involved with….this majes me happy, as i love using my art to make a difference. For those who live in Melbourne, the Peninsular is a beautiful place to visit…the gala opening will have music, food & fun, or check out the show for the next week. Cheers -❤🦁🎨

 

Sketches for Ferdi!

Ive just begun work on a childrens book im illustrating….totally excited as its my first one!

Author JR Poulter, book designer Takara Beech & Word Wings publishing, are the awesome gang im working with…im very grateful for the oportunity, as not only is it a job, its also a great learning experience. As others artists know, its extemely competitive…getting into book illustrating not only takes hard work, you have to be of a calibre hign enough that publishers will be willing to give you a break…. this is exactly what Word Wings & Jen Poulter have done for me.

Im at the beginning of the process, developing characters for ‘Fabulous Ferdi-Horse With Heart’. The story is Very close to my heart,  which is something Jennifer is very clever at- selecting the perfect artist for each wonderful story she writes! I spent most of my life riding, training & racing horses, & my daughter did the pony club & kids racing circuit… i still love horses very much & any opportunity to ride & spend time with them is precious.

As i progress with the illustrations, i will be showing you some wips… i really hope you join me on this ride…& for those with children… release date is later this year, kids will totally fall in love with Ferdi & his friends…i know i have.

Cheers – ❤🦁🎨

 

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Winters War

winters-war-finalThis is a piece I did for a class….winter landscapes are not the easiest thing to conjure when its mid summer here in Aus & im more the sun god worshiping type of girl! Winter is a time of hardship for many animals trying to find a meal…so threw in a couple of gorgeous predators tracking the same scent. I painted this completely by hand in Painter 2017……I love the organic feel of this software, it gives me a traditional feel to my work that ive transferred over from my fine art days. I will be adding some more giveaways soon & start work on a book im illustrating, so will have some fun WIPS to show you as i progress. Happy New Year to everyone, have fun & stay safe…..No drinking & driving!

Cheers – Lion Art

Medusa Rising

Capturing the moment when Athena cursed Medusa, turning her from beauty to beast! Most of the brushes i used are from my palette give away, using Painter 2017. I tried a few sketches until i was happy with pose, then got stuck into painting her. Getting all my colours, values right i then moved onto the fun part, lighting & textures…. one of the new brush categories in Painter 2017 are texture brushes, they are brilliant….with plenty of scope to manipulate textures to wrap your subject not just lay on top. I decided on a shadowy scene, hiding in a grungy building as the rays of light fall on her scaley skin….. once completed i used a couple of particles to add the magic! Enjoy, she is available for purchase & will be entered in a couple of art competitions. For more details, or questions….im always happy to talk art, you can contact me through email, mobile, Facebook or Instagram. ❤️ 🦁🎨img_5974

Fantasy portrait – Cry Wolf

I’ve finished my little wolf girl, really had fun painting her. This is the first portrait that I’ve done purely from my imagination……let my mind just take me where it wanted without restrictions. This was personal, stemming from my Dads stories of the boy who cried wolf, &my love for predators esp those being hunted &poached to extinction.  She is the moon goddess, protecting the creatures of the night, the wolf is both her soulmate & protector. I love using Corel Painter, its an amazing program….feels so organic & easy to customise to suit your style. Painter 2017, has some awesome new brushes great for both traditional & pure digital artists alike……..if you haven’t tried it, jump on to their site & get a trial…..i know you will love it!  I used the mirror tool a lot in this, another first for me…will def use it more. I will be entering my wolfie girl in an upcoming exhibition, but im open to offers or inquiries on purchasing her. I hope she captures your heart, enjoy viewing her but please do not copy or reproduce her without my consent, sharing in social media is fine …..just make sure shes credited with a link to me……thanks muchly 😊❤ ©LionArt-Michelle Webbcry-wolf

Cry Wolf

My current painting, learning much from this after about 5 redraws of both girl & wolf….finally happy & moving forward. I have a lot to do before finishing but will keep posting wip updates. Feel free to look, ask questions but please dont download or use in any way. This is my original work & has a copyright. One more thing, the lion painting I sent to National Zoo has sold very quickly…im very happy & donating 50% to the conservation project! -Love Lion Artcry-wolf-tears

The end!

This is the finished piece from sketch in last post….ill be adding a process sheet for those interested in seeing how i got there. Sorry about the watermark, ive had a few instances of people using my art without my permission….so unfortunately i have to protect my work. Enjoy & ill be back with details later ❤️🦁🎨

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