Thursday, 2 September 2021

Daily Sketch: Azathoth H P Lovecraft Creature Ink Drawing

 Here is an ink drawing sketch I did of Azathoth, a HP Lovecraft creature of the cosmos who was said to be a writhing mass of tentacles. I also did a live art stream in which I drew and inked this artwork.

Here's the art stream - Drawing Azathoth Creature

Azathoth Creature Ink Drawing

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Making Money With Fiverr: Important Things You Need To Know


making money with fiverr

There are important things that you need to know about the fiverr site when trying to make money with your freelance offerings. And some of these things can demotivate you to continue with the site or to continue to grow with your freelancing career.

Currency Conversions

Whatever part of the world you are from, you will have to work out whether you have a good currency conversion in your own money as the site pays you in American US Dollars, so for instance I am from the UK and so if you earnt $70 I would have to work out Fiverrs cut which is 20% and then calculate the currency into your own to determine the actual amount you will receive by taking both amounts off, so it would be worth my (and yours) while to price high, so that your earning amount is a decent amount you can actually do the work for.

Fiverr Level Tiers 

There are 3 main tiers for offering your gigs and they are Level 1, Level 2 and Top Rated Seller. All levels you would have to maintain standards to keep at that level, the higher the level the more gigs you can create, but bear in mind if after the 15th of each month you don't meet Fiverrs standards you'll be demoted to the lesser level.

Fill Out All areas of your Gig offer

By filling in every part of your gig offer you are really making sure that your freelance gig has the best chance at getting noticed and you being messaged for work.

Make sure you provide samples of current artwork or whatever you provide, you usually get 3 top photo spaces and also an additional PDF spot were you can show a digital book sampling of your work.

Fill in the keywords in all the places you can, on photos including categories and try and create an in depth description of your offer, you need to convey exactly what it is your are offering for sale, make it clear, try to anticipate questions that the customer might have, for example, do you do Logos as well as just illustrations, explain that if you do or you don't.

Don't forget to work out a good price for the work you will do and also work out any gig extras which can make you extra money on top of your gig, always charge for extra revisions and make it clear in your description. For example if you are selling an $85 illustration and the customer wants to use the art for a t-shirt that will be replicated many times over, then a commercial licence extra is needed on top of that, the price is up to you.

Lastly fill out your profile page too with enough info about you that you can fit in, the description is short, but maybe direct customers to message you first before ordering, which leads in to the next bit...

Always message the customer along the way

At the start it's best to talk with the customer and get a good clear idea of what they want, speaking from experience, I always do this now, as before some clients would just pull the trick of more revisions needed after you've finished like they've changed their mind about what they wanted and it meant more work for me that usually was unpaid as you felt backed in to a corner.

Keep in touch with the client every step of the way as they will appreciate it, if you are late to deliver for whatever reason, it's good to let them know, so that they can add on extra time if needed.

Letting the customer know about the design or work with updates is the best way to reassure them and let them know that you are working on their work and they may be more likely to tip you, you never know.

Use The Fiverr Forum

The forum is a great way of interacting with other sellers on Fiverr, you can find tips that work, find out problems that have solutions or even ask for help from more experienced freelancers.

Use the Fiverr App

Download the fiverr app on your phone and you can get real time customer inquiries and message notifications which makes it a lot easier especially if you are away from your computer or out of the office.

If you want to sign up to fiverr here's the link -

I'll update this post with more useful info in time, if there are changes.

Depression: Art Can Heal Your Mental Health

 For years and years I've suffered with depression and the only thing that has really brought me out of that depression is drawing and art, although my family play a big part of me being still around I'm sure too.

I don't really know when it started, but it began to fester into my mind, possibly through self doubt and a lack of self confidence and self belief that my art could ever get anywhere.

On reflection this could stem from my early school years, in which I would consider myself as sort of a social outcast, I mean I had friends that I had a laugh with, but I was shy and reserved around others which made it very difficult and put pressure on me as a child in primary and secondary school and even when I started College and also beyond in working life.

Art has the potential to heal depression

Art can heal depression and anxiety by just the process of creating it. The motivation has to be there of course and you need to get past frustration if the work doesn't turn out how you would like.

Creating art for the past few years for me has been a life saver in a way as I've seen a growth and improvement in my own artwork and a slow growing self confidence in sharing my art works more often, even though not everyone is interested in it, but that's ok, that's life. That's art.

I think, that just by starting to create new art, you are on the journey as an Artist, but also on the road to healing from depression. Of course there could be other factors at work, financial pressures, life commitments, stressful job, or anything else that could interfere with your mental state.

When we leave School, for most people, their child like creativity evaporates if they don't pursue something creative and for some we lose that which we need to make our lives happier and more fulfilled. The ability to create something out of nothing is an achievement, whether it looks good or not, it's the enjoyment of making that can benefit how you see yourself.

Finding your true source of happiness

If you know what types of artwork you like to create,then you are on your way to a good exploration of artists discovery and one that could make you happy. 

art can heal mental health

I, myself love to draw horror art, it's not to everyone's tastes, but it makes me more relaxed, content and happier when I'm drawing the stuff I love to draw. This concept of trying to get your mind to this state could be tied to your true purpose in life and one that you should explore as you don't want to regret not trying in later life.

I still struggle the odd days with self doubt and not believing in myself, but these thoughts come and go like the waves at a beach, pushing past the negative thoughts can be easier by distraction through art, just throw yourself into it and enjoy the processes.

Depression is not weakness

Being depressed is not being weak or anything, it's a blip, a moment in time and it's an obstacle that you can overcome and if you need the help, then ask for it, never be ashamed of it. The more you are open about it, the more others will understand and try to help you or be there for you.

Try to look at why you are suffering from depression and try to improve them areas of your life and throw in a ton of art while you are at it.

I'm always here for anyone that's dealing with depression or anxiety, because I know what it's if you need to reach out, then I'm always available, direct message me on Instagram:

Beat depression by doing what makes you happy.

Twisted Horror Creature Ink Sketch

 I recently did this twisted horror ink sketch in an art stream. Often the ink drawings of this sort are some of the most relaxing to sketch and draw and always come easily when I'm drawing this made up horror art from my imagination.

twisted horror creature art

Friday, 18 June 2021

Best Ways To Make Money With Fiverr As An Artist


Fiverr is a Freelancer website in which you can set yourself up as a freelancer on many areas that you are skilled at and make money from the tasks that you complete for Customers. We are going to explore how you can make money through this website as an Artist in a series of blog posts.

Important Note: I will say that Fiverr isn't for everyone as there are some annoying things about using this site, such as the cut that Fiverr takes out of your earnings and even any tips that you may receive, but having said this, it's a site that exists to bring freelancers and Customers together for mutual work based offers, so the site itself would need to make something to host and maintain the website.

You'll also find that sometimes it's a small percentage of Customers that can really hinder your progress on the work that they ask for. We all know that some Clients can be quite demanding and in turn ask you to revise an order several times which can become an issue and one that you will have to address if you want to carry on providing Services through Fiverr.

Starting out on Fiverr: Provide A Need

When beginning to make that decision to use this Freelance option for your art, you have to decide first of all what you yourself are going to offer and whether your Customers will actually buy, so first look on the actual homepage and search for what it is you are going to offer and see if the Gigs pop up. Once you know that there is a market for the artwork, then you can begin.

There are many art options to create work for Clients:

  • Illustration
  • Character Concept Design
  • Children's Books
  • Coloring Books
  • Cover Illustrations
  • Logo Work
  • Tattoo Design
  • T-Shirt Design
  • Commissions
  • Graphic Design/Digital Art

The key with Using Fiverr is if you can diversify with more than one on the above list then your chances of making money will increase significantly over time as you build a reputation in each art area. But when starting out, try and build one area out first and then gradually add other strings to your freelancing art career.

Remember that you will be sending the scanned images to your customer digitally, so make sure they are high quality and high resolution scans at 300 DPI (dots per inch) or more.

Create Specific Gigs That Provide A Need

Gigs are the name for your offers and you need to really explain what you are offering and what you will not do and you need to get specific with all the keywords that you can write in your title and description so that it's clear what art you will sketch and create for the Customer.

There is space for adding some samples as well as a short video also showing you as the Artist and what work you will make. Consider filling out your Gig with everything you can to give your offer a good chance for getting searched in the marketplace.

Tip: Download the Fiverr app on your phone if you can, as you can reply to messages about orders through your phone quicker and also if you leave the app open then you will be classed as Online through the Fiverr search filter, so you may get more enquiries.

Always Offer Extras

On each Gig you create, you have the option to add gig extras to earn even more money, you can charge for each revision needed or charge extra for coloring your design. Or even charge for Shipping. Always work out what extras you can offer as you could increase your income.

Creating artwork of any kind for Clients can usually mean they will be using the design Commercially to sell or to be used again and again, so it is a good idea to offer commercial license which you can charge a fee on top for the purposes of using your art in different ways beyond the main transaction.

I myself have been using Fiverr on and off for a few years and my most popular gig over there was this one - I'll draw Black Ink Album Horror Art Illustration In the 2 years with this gig I made nearly $4,000,(which doesn't sound a lot, but if I would have focused on this alone, I would have made more!) but I didn't promote it as much as I should have as I also had other commission and freelance work coming from different sources so I couldn't commit to just this one or a handful of gigs.

Once again, this site may not work for everybody, but give it a try

Also see - Making Money With Fiverr: Important Things You Need To Know

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Limited Edition Venom Colour Art Prints Now Available

 Limited edition art prints of a Venom illustration I created are available over on Zazzle.

This was created in mixed media with Copic markers, Faber Castell polychromos coloured pencils and a bit of paint.

This is also a premium priced art print with only 100 prints available in various sizes and paper types, matt or glossy.

Not interested? Well check out all the other Venom Art available over on Zazzle.

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Drawing An Imaginary Dark Souls Creature Concept (video)

 Drawing an imaginary dark souls creature boss concept is something that I wanted to try and have a go at creating for quite awhile. If you've played the Dark Souls video games, then you'll know that the bosses in the game are some of the most amazing concepts I've seen and that in turn inspired me to have a go at sketching, inking and coloring a boss creature.

Here is the video - How I drew an imaginary Dark Souls Boss Creature

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Resident Evil Nemesis Head Copic Marker Art

 A couple of Resident Evil Nemesis head artworks I have been working on. The second one I started a few years back and have only just dug out the drawing under a stack of other artwork and have started to finish off the ink work and add some more colors.

The first one, sort of similar I did the basic ink drawing awhile back and colored this in on an art stream recently here - Colouring Nemesis Head Artwork 

Mainly used copic markers which are excellent for smooth blends and skin tones etc.

Drawing a Dark Souls 3 Infested Corpse (Video)

 Draw a dark souls 3 infested corpse. In this video I go through the drawing process of creating a rotten looking corpse that appears to have ghostly ectoplasmic maggoty stuff spewing out of it's belly. (sounds nice lol)

In the video I used a sheet of Strathmore Grey toned paper and some liquitex basic paints such as the neutral grey 5 and a white.

The paper really gave a great mid tone to help balance out further shades of grey and together with the inks of the undead corpse, it really stood out as a cool concept kind of sketch.

Here's the link to the video - Drawing Dark Souls 3 Infested Corpse

Or you can watch it below....

Daily Sketch #1 Zombie Horror Head

 So this is a zombie horror head ink drawing I did in a live art stream over on YouTube. I shall try and post a drawing daily here, no matter what, even if it's not quite finished or even if I don't think it's good enough.

Doing daily sketches for this purpose can help you improve in your drawing and really helps you focus on the art that you want to create.

zombie art ink drawing

Monday, 31 May 2021

Inking A Demons Head Step By Step Ink Process

 Inking Demons Head step by step with ink process. I used a regular black Sharpie marker for the darker areas to build off on with other ink pens such as 0.7 Uni Pin fine liner and a 0.1 and a 1.0 for any medium sized ink lines.

1. Start off with a loose pencil sketch of your idea, the looser the sketch the better to add detail later on. I used a 6B Staedtler pencil for the quick sketch

Pencil Sketch

2. Ink in the outlines with a thin ink pen, I used the 0.7 uni pin ink pen for this.

Ink Outline Demon Head

3. Add extra line details that will form the basis of skin and flesh texture later on.

The Inking Process Conctinues

4. Use a sharpie marker to add in some shadow areas.

Sharpie Marker Thick Ink Lines

5.Video this video explains the beginning of the textures ink process.

Ink Hatching

6. Use ink hatching to add the detailed textures.

Inking Technique

7. Complete using the 0.7 and 1.0 ink pens creating varying ink lines.

Ink Pen Inking

8. Use the 0.1 uni pen ink pen to create finer ink lines at the tops of more heavily inked areas for smaller details.

Ink Process

9. Take a look at your drawing and see what else you could add to it. Any finer details or other tiny textures will add something to your demon head.

inking a demons head step by step process

10. I decided to add a thicker underline underneath to create a line weight that helps give the head drawing an extra layer of depth by making it more solid and shadowed.

And there you go, I tried to make it as less wordy and complicated as possible, so you could follow along or try and gain some inspiration from this post,if you would like to see more advanced inking techniques, then I shall be doing a post which will focus more on that and then you could take your inking to the next level.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Art Stream Replays

 Over on YouTube I have been doing some live art streams which have been fun to do and show me drawing,inking or creating my art whether that is commissions or other art that I need to get done. So I have started to collect the art streams into a playlist Art Stream Replays so that they are accessible after they have streamed and uploaded.

The more recent uploads are quality HD video content as I'm currently using an iPhone to do these streams.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Quick Artist Art Tips Video Playlist

 I put together a playlist of quick Artist Art Tips and I'll be adding to it as time goes on. Hopefully there may be something of use to help you in your Artists journey. - Quick Artist Tips

Monday, 1 February 2021

Bela Lugosi White Zombie Sketch Art Cards

 Last year I did an illustration for a Double Feature card set from RJF Designs that featured White Zombie and The Ape and I have some art cards for sale, limited to 25. 

They were available here (Sold Out!) - Bela Lugosi White Zombie Sketch Art Cards

All cards were signed by me.

Cerberus The 3 Headed Hell Hound Re-Drawing

 A few years ago I drew a couple of drawings trying to work out the Cerberus Hellhound and was quite happy with the results at the time, see post here - Drawing Cerberus Hellhound

Over time though, my artwork and style has evolved and become something better and so I thought I would re-draw that creature and see what it would look like or see if I could improve upon it. Could it be reworked or was it just a stroke of luck how I actually drew an artwork that just seemed to work out in composition.

Here are the two work in progress scans I did, the first one was the initial line drawing before all of the inked details added in the second one. I kept the overall composition, but just went overboard on the ink pen details and made the creature a rotten looking hellish version, much like the skin had been ripped off to reveal the flesh.

Cerberus Hell Hound ink line drawing

Cerberus Ink drawing with a black gel ink pen

Saturday, 30 January 2021

How To Draw A Cthulhu Shoggoth Creature

How to draw a shoggoth creature which is from the Cthulhu mythos of HP Lovecraft and the very idea behind these creatures is very inspirational and leaves lots of room for your imagination to take over when you sketch and draw these creatures.

In the video below I have a really great technique of finding the creature in the form of a paint sketch which lays down basic paint thinned down with water or thinned down drawing ink, it doesn't matter and then when that dries you start to ink details within the shapes you sketched with a brush and with the shapes as a basic guide you are able to follow along and create a really great creature drawing by filling in the gaps.

Split Demon Head Ink Drawing Work In Progress

 Working on a couple of split Demon head artworks, currently a work in progress for the ink drawings, but I am sort of obsessed at drawing combined heads, like skulls and other horror creatures and making them look cool.

demon heads ink drawing work in progress


Friday, 29 January 2021

Demonic Horror Black And White Artwork - A Work In Progress

One of many black and white artworks I'm working on. I originally drew this as a line drawing for a colouring page, once I'd scanned that in I decided to work on it a bit more fleshing out the details with ink hatching and other ink splatter techniques.


Thursday, 28 January 2021

Paint Sketching Something From A Nightmare Dream

 As the title of the video suggests I do forget to make simple and quick videos or posts like this that break down a process of paint sketching.

So here is a quick video that breaks down how I achieved this simple paint sketch based on a nightmare I had about weird Lovecraftian creatures, I think the Purple of the design really made it vivid in my minds eye.

It's a very short video and hopefully it shows and inspires you to create something similar with whatever you'd like to have a go at painting.

Paint Sketching Something From My Nightmare

Zombie Flesh Eaters Horror Ink Artwork Commissions

Here are a couple of Zombie Flesh Eaters ink drawing commissions I did in 2020. I really love the old Italian horror movies as I grew up in that era of the 80's when these films came out and most of them were banned and classed as video nasties.

I'll be doing more horror homage artworks this year.

zombie flesh eaters