Lion trackers

I don’t know where we are going but I know exactly how to get there might be the motto of the great tracker. “Track. Track. Track,” Ren has said to me at other times.
I understood him to mean find the first track, then the next first track, then the one after that. He does not set out into the unlikely chance of finding a lion in the future. He works with what he has now, in the moment. Joseph Campbell said, “If you can see your whole life’s path laid out then it’s not your life’s path.” In the bush and in life, we don’t get trails fully laid out. We get tremendous unknowns and, if we are lucky, first tracks. Then next first tracks.” (Boyd Varty, The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Live)

Close up of watercolor painting of a lion silhouette and tracks on the ground.

This was done using Derwent Inktense watercolors, waterbrushes, Sakura Pigma Brush pens, and a Uniball Vision pen.

Watercolor painting of a lion silhouette and tracks on the ground.

Father to son

“The father washes onto the son. He lives inside you as an aspiration, a disappointment, or a fear. Afraid you will never be like him or afraid you will be; he is there in the bones of your emotions. In the voices in your head. In your expectations of yourself. In the shadows of your weakness or strength. No matter how good the relationship, there is tension between father and son.” (Boyd Varty, The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Live)

Close-up of abstract watercolor painting of adult and child figures in a stream.

I used a pencil, a Uniball Vision pen, Derwent Inktense Watercolors, and Derwent Waterbrushes for this painting.

Close-up of abstract watercolor painting of adult and child figures in a stream, showing child closely.
Abstract watercolor painting of adult and child figures in a stream.

Spiderman

I recently did a portrait of one of my daughter’s favorite fictional characters (see Robyn) and it was on my list to do one for my son. Spiderman was an obvious choice but close runners-up would have been any of the Avengers or a Transformer (Rescue Bots to be precise).

Like with the Robyn illustration, I used Lyra Groove Triple crayons (which are water-soluble) to create this piece.

Portrait of Spiderman with arms crossed.

Robyn

My daughter and son rewatched Wolfwalkers this past week (our favorite film of 2020) and I thought it would be cool to draw the main protagonist Robyn. I also wanted an excuse to play with the Lyra Groove Triple crayons again. They are water-soluble and have a really rich pastel-like character. The texture turns out great on these I think. I’m looking forward to doing more!

Close up of painting of Robyn as a wolf from the movie Wolfwalkers.
Painting of Robyn as a wolf from the movie Wolfwalkers.

Brain power

This was a design I was thinking about for a few days while I was writing this little bit on talent and what that means to me. It was done using my kids Lyra Groove Triple crayons which are water soluble and have a really rich pastel-like character. Nice to work with some media that is a little different than my norm!

Close up of tree watercolor painting
Close up of tree watercolor painting.
Watercolor painting of dark and twisted tree branches.