Posts tagged “art

Apple iPad Pro….Apple Pencil….an artist’s dream?

So, unless you were buried under a rock over the last few days, or are simply unplugged from the world of tech, you couldn’t have failed to notice that Apple have made some important announcements-the Apple iPad Pro, and the Apple Pencil. Important?! Is it really that important? Well hang on in there guys, lets just take a look at what it was Apple announced…


Apple like making big announcements. And they like to do it in style. They also like to make you think that what they are announcing is the answer to all of your problems. The iPad Pro is Apple’s big attempt at creating a Microsoft Surface competitor that……..hold on a cotton picking minute!!! Did I just say a Surface competitor?! But we all know that the Surface is a stylus based device, in fact it’s whole ethos is to work with a stylus! And where do Apple stand on that one? Steve Jobs 2007: “Who wants a stylus? You have to get em’, put em’ away. You lose them. Yuck.”. So here we are with an Apple product and a stylus. Well let’s clear up the often misquoted Steve Jobs. Put into context, back in 2007, no one would have wanted a stylus. The capacitive screens were poor, and better suited to a finger. He was right as well, how many times have you mislaid a stylus? I lose mine all of the time. So Apple were never really against the idea of a stylus. They were simply waiting for the right time to introduce one. I do think they waited longer than everyone else to assess the market, which is surely a first for Apple. They should have been on the ball in the first place, and wiped the smiles of Microsoft’s faces. Instead it’s the other way round. But lets not forget, it’s taken Microsoft three versions of the Surface to get it right, and even then, there are a lot of reasons to not get one.

Lets bring this back to the idea of a tablet for creative purposes. First off, I am not a tech head, neither am I a technophobe. I just like to create art. And much like my discovery of acrylics, then oils, then finer brushes, better canvas etc, my discovery of tech pushed me further into my own world and allowed me to create the visions I had always had in my head. And that’s the important thing here. Because we as artists tend to spend many an hour looking and hoping for the latest tech that will not lag, perform with Photoshop, last for hours on a single charge-damn it, even wash our pants for us! But sometimes, that time could be better spent creating. So here we have another option-the Apple iPad Pro. The stylus is called the Apple Pencil (just have to be different don’t they?!) and the prices are eye watering as expected. But as an artist, does the iOS system appeal to me? I use a Wacom Intuos and a pretty beefed up PC, and that is all I need. I have dabbled with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on the Android system (another obvious competitor) but have found it to be lacking. The Wacom wins hands down. And this is what artists and creative professionals will be looking at. Will the iPad Pro win as a pro tool? After all, they are selling it as that. Talk to artists and you’ll here them all cry that Wacom are too expensive, there are no true alternatives out there and to some extent they are correct. Here we are again, with what is an operating system that cannot be used with the big hitters (Photoshop, Maya, Autocad etc) being sold as “pro”. All Apple had to do was release Macbook with touch ability-winner! There’s your pro tool right there!

But fear not oh digital pixel mixing types. We now have a race on our hands. You see, the way I see it, this news can only mean one thing….more products to choose from. Other companies will take Apple’s announcement as the green light to produce tech that is better and more suitable for our needs. Wacom will need to work on their Companion range and possibly offer a more budget version. Samsung owns 20% of Wacom, and will surely use their tech in their tablets more, and may even produce a Companion style tablet of their own. Microsoft know they have the Surface range and have ironed out many of their problems already…..they are on the up. With more choice comes a more competitive pricing strategy, so better suited tech will come down in price…..keep your eyes on the Surface on ebay as many people sell up to obtain an iPad Pro.

As for me, I’ll stick to my PC and Wacom Intuos 5 set up. It’s noisy, massive, can’t be taken anywhere, and I love it to bits! When it dies, then the shopping begins!





Friend or Foe?




Photoshop painting, took longer than required but hell, I enjoyed creating it!




I am embracing the quick stroke….ooh err, sounds a bit weird. But seriously, giving yourself an hour to complete a sketch is liberating….what am I talking about….speedpainting….a staple of the concept/environment artist working in the games industry. Speedpainting allows the artist to get that “feeling” or vision on the digital canvas a hell of a lot quicker than a full piece. In fact, the original vision is often lost when you try to polish it to the nth degree. The best ideas are often the freshest ones in your head…..let them develop and sometimes (but not always!) that vision is lost, and what you end up with is something rather lascklustre. I am working on a couple of projects for indy game studios and doing some concept work here and there. They need quick ideas, not polished pieces to be hung in the gallery. They want the artist to give the writer, 3d artists etc the vision to create further. Should they require a piece or vision to be worked on more, they will ask me to do so.

Icy View Speedpainting

Icy View Speedpainting

Icy View probably took around 45 minutes, although I can’t quite remember. What I do remember is that I just sketched my little heart out, laying colour over colour, not getting bogged down by the details. Don’t use the smudge or blend tools too much when speedpainting-you’ll only create areas that have too much detail, that in contrast will leave the other areas lacking. Paint with your arm, stand up, listen to music and sing-whatever is needed to relax your style!

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake was a very quick piece, and again, what was the point in going overboard? The intention can be seen. Yes, with a critical eye there are lines overlapping, the odd random shadow, not a perfect composition etc, but imagine if the studio asked me to refine this further or create a view from a ship flying over the lake-not only have they got the idea to further their vision, but the artist does too. Already the creative thinking part of the brief is complete, leaving the artist with the best part-painting!

Mountains speedpainting

Mountains speedpainting

I will admit that the Mountains speedpainting took longer than intended. In fact, I started to polish this one up, only to rough out some of those smoothed lines! But again, approaching this with no detailed intention, I simply sketched a mountain. I didn’t even bother with reference-why would I? It would simply slow me down when it came to detail.

Mountain Retreat

Mountain Retreat

Ok, so you create your speedpainting, then what? You’re asked to refine it further…..and that is the best part, because you have your template. With Mountain Retreat, the basic sketch was completed in one hour. I then went back to it the next day and refined it-but again, not too much. Time in total? Probably about 3 hours. The crazy thing is, it could be pushed further, of course it could, but not only does it communicate what is needed to the development team, it also has enough to warrant being a stand alone piece of art.



Exodus is another example of a speedpainting that got refined. I was simply practicing desert terrain, and picked one out of my 5 or 6 pieces that I pushed further. Once the basics are there-the fundamentals if you like-the rest is easy.

Mountain Retreat and Exodus are more polished than the others. But they did start off as quick scribbles. In fact, other than knowing roughly what I wanted in terms of subject (castle and desert respectively) I had no idea of composition, mood, colour etc. I literally approached the canvas and attacked it with determination.

This isn’t a lesson into speedpainting, hell I have so much to learn with it myself. But if you’re stuck for ideas, or simply feel that you are lacking in the skills department, just throw down some random shapes on the canvas. go away, make a brew, then look at those shapes. If you see something emerge, go with it-a droid, a mountain, a gorilla, a spaceman in Mcdonalds…whatever! Don’t get bogged down with details, relax, enjoy, and be amazed at how good you are!

Edward Evans

New work added!

Sorry, I’ve been away… the few who follow that is not on, but I do treat this more like a website, and update every so often on

Anyway, new art has been added, quite a bit of it actually including some work i did for the band Easy Rider and their album From the Darkness.

There is also more digitally painted work with a slight change in style, if you wish to critique me, go ahead, I would appreciate it!



Fly with us

Fly with us


It’s been a while since I last posted….for that I apologise, but I’ve been keeping people informed of my goings on with Facebook and occasionally Twitter. As you can see I have updated the website and given it a fresh look. I have split the galleries into two categories-Dark Art and Concept Art. The Dark Art pretty much covers the gothic and horror style of work that often incorporates photography and photo-manipulation. My digital paintings and other associated work are included in the Concept Art category. If you’re a fan of my work do check out both of the galleries, I do try to show different skills and styles and am constantly aiming to push my style further. Any feedback on the site or work you see is extremely welcome!

I will be featured in Bizarre Magazine next month (June) for the July issue. I don’t know to what extent my work will be featured but I was contacted by the Editor who appears to be a fan (!) so I hope it’s a double page spread! Joking aside, I’m over the moon to be recognised and featured in a top magazine, so please check it out if you can!

There is new work in the Concept Art gallery which shows a different feel to the atmospheres I like creating with Digital Art. I’m a big Sci-Fi fan and this is shining through in the work I am creating right now. I’m digitally painting a lot of work lately, and not using any photo textures. This is more in line with how I learned art, and I am transferring the traditional techniques over to the digital world. I paint with a digital pen and tablet in the same way as using a brush and canvas, and to be honest with you, I’m really enjoying it, despite the laborious nature of it all! Again, I would welcome feedback but be kind….




Thank you for visiting, and thanks for the support!


Dark Soul Art

The emulation of the human race.

Strange post title I know, but bear with me….

When it comes to creating art I am often inspired by Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and I have always had strange conceptual ideas about what an alien species would make of us, the human race. Our traditional Sci-Fi has endeavoured to look at what an alien species may look like or how it would behave towards us (which is usually hostile). Films such as Independence Day or even Mars Attacks! use the pre-conceived notion of an alien species wanting to simply wipe us out.

But lets look at things differently…

The View

What if an alien race wanted to emulate what we had? I mean, here we are on this beautiful planet, one that is in the habitable zone of the Solar System, perfectly set up to host the many different lifeforms that live here. We as a species can experience emotion in the real sense-love, hate, desire, sadness-something that makes us so different to all other life. Are we not a species to be envious of? We certainly think a lot of ourselves and some believe our place in this universe is through design rather than evolutionary steps, so if there is a designer out there somewhere, like all design at some point, wouldn’t and couldn’t this be emulated? And if so, what would the results be like?

The Voyager 1 programme that was launched in 1977 has just entered interstellar space. It is still travelling, and will undoubtedly carry on even after the last scientific instrument is turned off roughly around 2025.

Now lets skip forward, by a few years…..40,000 to be less than precise. Voyager will be travelling within 1.6 light years of the star AC+79 3888, a star in the constellation Camelopardalis. Is it feasible to assume that Voyager may have been picked up by a more advanced (or at least a surviving) species somewhere out there? Or maybe a signal, or another piece of space junk that bears our details could have been found? We have sent multiple craft and signals into space for years and we know that much of this will be travelling outward towards our galactic neighbours over thousands of years. There are no guarantees as to the state of the human race at this point in time (we are doing our best to destroy ourselves as it is) but imagine an alien species picking up this object 40,000 years into the future, that contains important data about who and what we are at this moment in time…..

Now here comes the fantasy part after all I am an artist and creative…..lets assume that species has not evolved (or dare I say it, evolved out of) the traditional human characteristic that is emotion. They cannot love, hate, be sad, empathise-in short they cannot be human. What if they wanted to emulate this? How would they simulate something we value so much? Would they get it wrong? Would they fall at the first hurdle? Or would they succeed-like so many laboratories across the globe do now in experiments that aim to understand the animal kingdom?

Xalegia V

This is what I am exploring with my new series of art. Over the next few months I shall release various pieces that explore the concept further and give a glimpse into both the horrors and the beauty of this situation actually happening. It is a slightly different direction with my art, but one nonetheless that encompasses my style and the darker side to my creative vision. I’d really like to know what you all think of this….you could just ignore the concept and take pleasure from the art itself, or you could discuss the idea further (any authors/poets/musicians out there who want to get in touch, please do!) but please, do not bombard me with science and the “that’s not possible because…”. I am a keen astronomer and know the scientific limitations to the idea, but it is purely fiction and I’d like to think that the idea say’s a lot about who we are and our place in the universe…..


Synthetic Organic Cross-Contamination



So let me know your thoughts, and don’t forget to visit my Facebook page and give it a like…as always, thank you for the support!




Magazine Feature and new work added to galleries….

It seems to have been a while since I last posted…….I assure you I have been very busy and January has not allowed me the rest I so deserve! I have been working on new art which moves away slightly from the current theme….of course, the work will be as dark as ever!

An exciting bit of news for you is that I will be having some work featured in Propulsion Magazine which is a great publication dedicated to bringing you the best in art, fashion, and music…all with a dark twist! Check out the cover, with my name on it! I am totally stoked about this one, and must thank the editors of Propulsion Magazine for giving me the opportunity to showcase my work.

Edward Evans Dark Soul Art


I have added new work to the galleries….here are a few select pieces for your pleasure…..

Being Cherub Lilith


Go check out the galleries for further work which will be updated on a daily basis this week. Yes I have removed the watermark….after receiving feedback it seemed the best thing to do. Of course, I have lowered the quality of the work for internet publication to avoid the obvious thieving that can occur, but the images are still clear enough to give a good representation of what I do. I am still contemplating re-jigging all of the uploaded work and removing the watermarks……any thoughts?

My Facebook page has reached the dizzy heights of 2000 followers or thereabouts. It is great to have the support and love for what I do, it spurs me on to create more and know that the path I have chosen in life is a worthy one……My Twitter page is looking a bit lacklustre, but then again, it is hard to maintain the social networks…I have been kinder and more attentive to the Facebook page. I don’t want to spread myself too thinly so I have limited myself to these three outlets for my work-Facebook is the page I will update first but the galleries on this site will be the place to go for my comprehensive body of work. There is the issue with censorship as well-Facebook is happy to host a beheading video but a slight areola shot will see you in the stocks! Why don’t you drop on by and like my page? Share your blog or page with me and I’ll take a look and return the kindness….a network of artists and creative individuals is a behemoth that could take over the world…or paint it, one or the other…..

In the meantime, keep your eyes on the site…..there will be some interesting work uploaded soon…..

Ed x


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