A retrospective of my art in 2015

Its probably very self serving this, but this year in particular as I stand on the precipice of 2016, a year which for me contains a number of milestones, it will be 20 years since I arrived at university and met those today I call my closest of friends, 10 years since I left for Japan, and returned a few weeks later, 10 years since I started working for myself and began this journey deeper into my passion for art. This year, 2015, however I feel like I created less, but I was was stretched more, and I explored more of my interests… with varying degrees of success.

So below are completed artworks, some commissions, some my own, as well as a few that I am still working on, some for over a year now. I elected to miss out some pieces that I felt were just experiments (like that poor sculpture attempt in November :)) or just not of any real note, as well as the various fan art pieces I created, and sketches that I made just for the moment.

Artwork from 2015…

2015-02 - limited_observations_of_a_volatile_enigmaLimited Observations of Volatile Emotion 2015-03 - mecha_ice_dragon - commissionMech-Dragon (v2)
commission
2015-03 light_in_darknessLight in Darkness
iPad
2015-03 - take_the_holy_ground_with_youTake the Holy Ground With You
iPad
2015-03 - fiery_protectorFiery Protector
iPad
2015-04 - family - commissionFamily (v2)
commission
2015-04 - the_tombThe Tomb
iPad
2015-05 - pentecostPentecost 2015-07 - NEON- Darkest OceanDarkest Ocean
commission
2015-07 - NEON- reflecting_christReflecting Christ
commission
live art
iPad
2015-07 - NEON- identity_integrity_revealedIdentity-Integrity Revealed
commission
live art
iPad
2015-07 - NEON- a_united__diverse_armyA United Diverse Army
commission
live art
iPad
2015-07 - the_great_seaThe Great Sea
iPad
2015-07 - The Tent - The Eternal PathThe Eternal Path
commission
live art
2015-08 - embraceEmbrace
iPad
2015-09 - continuanceContinuance 2015-10 - refugeRefuge 2015-11 - Lest We ForgetLest We Forget
2015-11 - a_reclaimed_armyA Reclaimed Army
live art
2015-11 - a_reclaimed_worldA Reclaimed World
live art
2015-12 - Turtles - commissionTurtles!
commission
2015-12 - White Family - commissionWhite Family
commission
2015-12 - giftGift
iPad

Commissions – pieces that were specifically requested by individuals/groups and as such most of them are obviously not being sold (some are, by the kind allowance of those who requested them).

Live Art – pieces created in some way at an event, either for the event, or while attending one.

iPad – pieces created either solely, or for a majority of the time on the iPad using my software of choice, ProCreate.

Images that I am working on…
(some for quite a while)

TBC - Trinity - 2014 TBC - Fantasy Warrior - 2014 TBC - Dragon Head
TBC - BLINK TBC - Cthulhu

Some Thoughts…

So an interesting year looking back, the work on “Darkest Ocean” which was commissioned by Alove for the Salvation Army’s 2015 International Congress “Boundless”. It is certainly the most complex and detailed picture I have ever attempted as the final work was to be printed out three metres wide (2m tall), there are a lot of small details, elements inspired from the original piece as well as reflections I felt appropriate for the 21st century. It also showed how terrible I am at the human figure and how much further I have to go. Not sure how many saw it at the time, but still an image I am very happy with.

Speaking of complex commissions, the Turtles images for Jer White’s children’s book, “The Turtle at the Bottom of the Garden” (LINK). These started off as pencil sketches and eventually moved onto the PC, mainly as I was having difficulty with the human again… notice a pattern here. I am very pleased with how these came out and much like “Darkest Ocean” it pushed and stretched my artistic muscles, just in a different way.

Also I will say that this year was when I tried to embrace my abstract side, mainly as I have come to enjoy some elements within modern art’s abstract movement. Although it seems they are not popular with my followers on the art sites but hey we must try new things :).

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