auroranouna natural electrical phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers of reddish or greenish light in the sky, especially near the northern or southern magnetic pole. The effect is caused by the interaction of charged particles from the sun with atoms in the upper atmosphere. In northern and southern regions it is respectively called aurora borealis or Northern Lights and aurora australis or Southern Lights.
Over on Instagram a few weeks ago, I challenged myself to create a new illustration with a 9 hour deadline. In those few short hours my newest piece Aurora was born!
The zebra, lamps and small mandala were all drawn, shaded and coloured with marker pens in that time. Whilst polishing up the image in photoshop after scanning I did add a previously drawn mandala and some watercolour textures to finish it off. So all in all the full piece probably took around 11 hours, not bad. It’s not as detailed as i’d usually go, but with the time taken, i’m quite pleased with it.
You may be wondering, why did I set myself such a short deadline? Well the reason is, I had been putting off creating a new piece for a while and this was my way of kickstarting my brain into putting pen to paper as I really do work better under pressure. Adding more colour to my work is something i’ve been experimenting more with lately too, so with having a deadline I was forced into thinking of new ways to add colour to my usual comfort zone of monochrome.
The idea behind this piece was another one that just popped into my mind as I started drawing. I have been watching a lot of programmes and YouTube videos about space at the minute too, so I think thats where the partial inspiration was drawn from. The lamps I guess, add an urban twist which probably comes with living in the city now. The combination of bright colours, lights and the way the watercolours have merged together, inspired the name Aurora.
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