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Sunday, January 29, 2017

'Eleven - Stranger Things'

 
'Eleven - Stranger Things'
© 2017 by Shiloh Moore
5x5" Pitt Pen and Watercolour on Paper

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I watched the show 'Stranger Things' on Netflix and loved it.  Again, like I said in my last post, I am fairly new to science fiction/fantasy/adventure, though as a kid I saw 'ET' once, and 'Goonies' over and over, and LOVED Winona Ryder, so I knew enough to get the nostalgic feeling that's portrayed in the show.

What stood out to me was the cast's performances.  Especially the kids.  Especially Millie Bobby Brown who plays the character 'El' ('Eleven')  She was brilliant.  She makes me want to shave my head (again!...)  

I drew El from the promotional posters, with the words 'Stranger Things' spelled out with lights (see 'Stranger Things' for why.)  I drew it with Pitt Pen then coloured it with watercolours.  I also drew it as a black, white and red line drawing using Pitt Pen and red ultra fine Bic Mark-It pen.

'Eleven - Stranger Things' Line Drawing
© 2017 by Shiloh Moore
5x5" Pitt Pen and Red pen on Paper

Friday, January 27, 2017

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency'
© 2017 by Shiloh Moore
5x5" Pitt Pen and Watercolour on Paper

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'Everything Is Connected...'

I was recently introduced to a show on Netflix called 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.'  It is based on books by Douglas Adams.  Science Fiction/Adventure is a pretty new genre for me, but I loved it.  It was so creative, with many characters' lives weaved together in a complex yet clever plot.  It twists and turns and had me hooked.  The two lead actors, Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood were hilarious and acted brilliantly.  And I've always loved Elijah Wood - those eyes!

In the final episodes these characters were dressed in distinctive clothing that I loved so much I just wanted to draw them.  On IMDB I found this photo of Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood by Bettina Strauss/BBCA ©2016 AMC Film Holdings LLC.   I then drew them with Pitt Pen and coloured them with watercolours, adding salt to the background when wet to produce the effect. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

La La Land - Here's To The Ones Who Dream

'La La Land - Here's To The Ones Who Dream'
© 2017 by Shiloh Moore
5x5" Pitt Pen and Watercolour on Paper

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I recently saw the film 'La La Land.'  It was special for me on many levels.  

Firstly it was the first movie I was well enough to go to with a friend in about 8 years.  I used to go to movies regularly but became too ill to go.  Occasionally I pushed myself to go spontaneously to a morning session if I was well enough, but I always went on my own in case I needed to leave the cinema mid-movie, plus I didn't have energy to talk to somebody as well as sit up long enough for a movie.  So this was a landmark occasion for me to go to a movie with a friend.  

Secondly I loved the film.  The music, costumes, acting, singing, dancing, storyline... I was swept away and loved it all.  It's such a joyful film - yet remains realistic.  It made me feel proud of who I am and what I do with my art - I'm a 'dreamer' and want to spread joy through art.  The world needs more joy through creativity.

Thirdly, the movie made me want to draw.  I was looking at the promotional posters and I immediately saw lines, shapes and the flow of the bodies form and I really wanted to draw it.  So I did, using my 'line-drawing' style I developed years ago and always fall back on.  It was so much fun!

So I'd like to thank 'La La Land' for bringing me joy.  This is my tribute, and I hope you enjoy it. 'Here's to the ones who dream.'

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Obama Care

'Obama Care'

© Jan 21-22 2017 by Shiloh Moore
14x20cm Pitt Pen on Paper

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I am an Australian with multiple chronic health conditions.  My life has been saved by our world class health care system multiple times. 

My main condition though, ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is largely neglected worldwide.  I have friends with ME in the US. 

In March 2012 a couple, Courtney and Bob Miller, at a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, asked Obama to increase the funding and research for ME in the US.  Obama promised he would investigate what the NIH (National Institute for Health) was doing about ME, and he kept that promise to elevate the priority of ME/CFS in the US. 

We have just seen the next president's Inauguration and marches for women around the world.  I was not well enough to march, but instead I turned the TV off and drew Michelle and Barack Obama in gratitude for the impact they have made globally.  I drew most of this portrait while lying down.

I stand with healthcare (especially treatment of people with ME/CFS,) women's rights, race relations, multiculturalism, LGBTI rights and with the marginalised.

The world is watching, with bated breath.



'Obama Care' process photo
© 22 Jan 2017 by Shiloh Moore 
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pop Art Dogs

'Pop Art Dogs'
 © 2017 by Shiloh Moore
A4 Ultra Fine Coloured Sharpie Markers on Paper

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Inspired by my post 'Pop Art Tenterfield Terrier,' I decided to draw more of my favourite dogs.  I chose a Bichon Frise, West Highland White Terrier (Westie), a Pug, and another Tenterfield Terrier based on dogs I know.  I drew them using Sharpie Markers on paper, using two tones of each colour for each dog.

These are my sketches of the dogs and a few other friends' pets that I will draw soon:

'Pop Art Pets' - sketches
 © 2017 by Shiloh Moore

Below are pictures of the individual breeds of dogs.

'Pink Bichon Frise'
 © 2017 by Shiloh Moore
A4 Ultra Fine Coloured Sharpie Markers on Paper 

'Green West Highland White Terrier'
 © 2017 by Shiloh Moore
A4 Ultra Fine Coloured Sharpie Markers on Paper 

'Purple Tenterfield Terrier'
© 2017 by Shiloh Moore
A4 Ultra Fine Coloured Sharpie Markers on Paper 

'Blue Pug'
© 2017 by Shiloh Moore
A4 Ultra Fine Coloured Sharpie Markers on Paper




Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pop Art Tenterfield Terrier


'Pop Art Tenterfield Terrier'
© 2017 by Shiloh Moore
A4 Sharpie Markers on Paper

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In June 2015 I drew a portrait of my delightful pooch, in this post 'Zentangle Part 3 - Tenterfield Terrier' from the original photograph below. 

I was given some sharpie markers for Christmas, so in my mind I reduced the image to using 2 different shades of colour plus white.  Then I drew my dog using 2 shades of blue, 2 shades of pink, 2 shades of green and 2 shades of orange to create a Pop Art styled patterned portrait.  I imagine it would go well as a pattern for wrapping paper!

For more Pop Art Pets see my post 'Pop Art Dogs'

'Pop Art Tenterfield Terrier'
© 2017 by Shiloh Moore
Process Pic 1

'Pop Art Tenterfield Terrier'
© 2017 by Shiloh Moore
Final Process Pic

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Love Harp!

'Love Harp!'
© Dec 2016 By Shiloh Moore
8x10" Pen on Paper

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I made this piece as a gift for a special someone who plays the harp, and for her harp loving friends.  It is a line drawing of a person playing a harp simplified into a love heart shape, with the words 'Love Harp!' forming the strings.  I did another version especially for her with the harp strings forming her name. Love harp, love you!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Rock n Soul

'Rock n Soul'
© December 2016 by Shiloh Moore
5x5" Pitt Pen and Red Bic Mark-It Pen on Paper

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This was a Christmas gift for a special couple who love skulls and skeletons.  It is of a hand making the 'rock n roll' hand sign, juxtaposed with a butterfly to add colour and life, and to symbolise the soul.  They both live and breathe music, and it is in their bones.  I'm sure they will rock on for eternity. Love you both!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Love And Light

'Love and Light'
© Dec 2016 by Shiloh Moore
8x10' Pen drawing and mixed media background
Digitally enhanced with PicMonkey and Enlight

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My last image for 2016 was typography of the word 'Hope.'  I would like to start the year 2017 with another word:  'Love'.  I call this piece 'Love and Light.' I love it when people sign off mail with 'Love and Light' and I love the intention.  This year I hope love and light permeate our lives.

To create this image I went through a few steps:


Step one:  I drew the love heart using the word 'Love' in the shape of a heart

'Love Heart'
© 2016 by Shiloh Moore
Step Two: I drew a good copy using Red Bic Mark-It Pen on Paper
Step Three: I pasted a collage for the first Layer of 
8x10" Mixed Media Background 
using book pages and music, then decorated it with stamps

Step Four: I finished the  8x10" Mixed Media Background
with a layer of crumpled tissue paper then painted over it with pink watercolour 

Step Five: I digitally combined the Love Heart drawing with the 
mixed media background using 'PicMonkey' online

Step Six: I played with colours and effects on
the image using the 'Enlight' app on my phone
to get the final image (above)


May your life be filled with 'Love and Light' through 2017 and beyond!