Experimenting With Ink And Water

Experiment; to try out new ideas or methods.


Hello again.

This week I’ve been changing things up a bit. By this mean, instead of using my traditional pencil or graphite stick, I’ve tried my hand at using inks and water or ink washes.

I started with this, my rendition of the new beast design from the new Disney live action Beauty and the beast as i loved it:14724610_10210861497043470_5570400700703525170_nInitially it just started out as a simple fineliner line sketch. I then wondered if water would affect the ink and create a wash like shading, which of curse it did.

From there i went a little nuts haha:

14670728_10210862302783613_2992158083140820074_nMy rendition of Buckbeak the Hippogriff from Harry Potter. I was so happy with how the trees in the background came out. To do this I moved the pen in a circular motion creating small but heavy tight circles that easily merged together when the wash was added. I used faint lines to create the lighter tones.


14671308_10210861808851265_4756864030203038062_nAt the moment I’m slightly obsessed with pugs, so I just had to draw one haha. I used a mixture of a light and heavy lines for the shading and tones. I’m especially happy with how the eyes came out.

14695574_10210864857327475_3024689411774175447_nI’ve been reading a fair bit of the Ghost Rider Marvel comic books recently, and I was curious to see if I could recreate the flames. I think I did a pretty good job of it. Once again I used heavy lines and swirling patterns for the darker shaded areas as I needed multiple layers of ink and light lines for the rest.

I did a few others but you cant see them on my instagram account under the name of danielmawbyart.

Other than these I haven’t been drawing much due to working nights but I’m enjoying that to.

Well that’s it for now I think. I do enjoy typing down my artistic exploits for your entertainment and I hope to encourage you all to be creative with the time you have.

See you later!


It’s been a while, using my camera

Hello again!

It’s been a while since I have had the opportunity to grab my camera and snap some photos since I started working but tonight I couldn’t resist and this photo I took tonight shows why..p1030650

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” Les Brown
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I used this quote as it perfectly illustrates the mood I had when I saw the moon and rushed to grab my camera. Using my trusty tripod (don’t make up your own jokes) I set up my  celestial photo shoot and received some pleasing results. Now I did this sometime back and at the time experimented with exposure and fps etc..but this time around, as i’d previously forgotten to make notes on what works and what doesn’t, I couldn’t remember what worked so I stuck with intelligent auto.

I just wanted to note why I love to photograph the moon, well just look at it! Its the most beautiful object in the night sky that can be seen with the naked eye, I’ve always loved how it’s reflected light illuminates the clouds and roof tops, and when I’ve been walking alone on a clear night it feels like its accompanying me on my journey (which I’m aware sounds alittle odd haha).

Here are a couple of shots from the moon shoot I did last year.

As I said, I didn’t note anything down (something I will start doing from now on) but the camera I use is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 so if you know the best night shoot results or you’re just experimenting then let me know.

I also took a few photos of the stars and managed to get a couple of good shots, by all means let me know what you think.

I wanted to upload not only the ones I liked the most but some of the others as I was still experimenting with the intelligent auto.

Like I said let me know about, any photography/night photography tips and tricks and if you liked these pics.

Bye for now!


Sat in the amazon canteen bored stiff, I really should have brought a sketch pad with me. For me to describe the canteen effectively I would say colourful. Blues, reds, greens and yellows. And those are just the chairs!
Hello by the way haha. I thought I’d talk a little bit about what I do other than drawing and art, incase you might be wondering. 

I’ve worked at Amazon for a week now, well a week and a day to be specific, and it’s a great job. Tiring but great.

What do I do at Amazon?

I am what’s known as a receiver. I unbox items, “recieve” them (bet you didn’t see that coming) and send them to another department.

There isn’t much more to add to that really. 

Bye for now!