Updates every other Sunday with new artwork and content from the working life of a freelance illustrator.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Painting Giveaway & Speedpainting

I knew I wanted to do a giveaway sometime soon, and suitably enough I managed to hit over 100 followers across all my social media platforms towards the end of last year. That's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (my Tumblr is gathering dust, it's mostly an inspiration engine now).

With Chinese New Year coming up that came across as a pretty suitable theme. If not only because we're celebrating the Rooster this year, and I'm a big fan of poultry (there aren't many animals that I'm not a huge fan of. Chimps. That's about it..)

Digital sketches of girl with rooster
Digital sketches of girl with rooster

Here's the original concept sketch for the piece. I had this vision of a scruffy little country girl in bright coloured boots and dungarees trying to wrap her arms sloppily around this huge rooster. Green boots was the original design but it came off a little bit too garish.

5x7inch watercolour painting of girl with rooster
5x7inch watercolour painting of girl with rooster

And here's the final piece!
I'm quite impressed with myself how close it keeps to the original sketch.

I'm giving it away with free UK postage (there's a £6 donation for international postage since it's considerably more expensive than domestic shipping if you want it signed, tracked and delivered safely).

All you have to do is follow me on Facebook and share this post, or follow me on Instagram and comment on this post. Simple stuff!

Oh, and I did a little digital speed paint with a limited palette to stretch some old muscles. It was a fun little exercise which I want to try and do at least once a week.

Digital painting of rural church in mountain landscape
Digital painting of rural church in mountain landscape


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Hi! I'm Claire Spiller, a freelance illustrator, vis-dev artist & storyteller based in Bristol, UK. I love animals, wild places, plants, handmade things, and creating characters and stories. My work often blends nature and fantasy, science and mythology. I also do bits of sculpting and needle felt occasionally as a hobby, and sell prints, original art and bits of arty goodness in my Etsy store!
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