About the Author

My name is Will.

Every year I research different places to go and my ‘I should go here’ list gets longer. I add it and then start thinking of the best way of getting around when there, be it cycling, backpacking or vehicular.

The Exploration Journal is my way to document my travels to these places and my development as a photographer.

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2019 through art

One of my 2019 goals was to try watercolour painting again and also to try a new form of traditional art. For the latter I decided to buy an ink illustration pen set and try my hand at ink drawing. I found it really tricky, mainly due to the permanent nature of ink meaning I can’t go back and redo bits. I was also keen on doing Inktober but couldn’t find the inspiration for a lot of the prompts, I managed do do ‘Bait’, ‘Swing’, ‘Freeze’, ‘Enchanted’ and ‘Ornament’. Hopefully manage a few more in 2020!

As to the watercolour goal, I didn’t do much over most of the year, instead getting to December and suddenly realising I should have another go at it. Many years ago I acquired my mothers old paints and brushes and always struggled to create anything that looks good with them. Then recently I was doing a tidy of my wardrobe and under layers of discarded clothes I found an old watercolour set my friend gave me a 5 years ago, I tried using these and found the paint quality so much better!

I think the 30+ year old paints were simply worn out and I never realised as I didn’t have any experience to compare against.

 

Mythical characters

A friend on the graduate scheme invited me to a Dungeons and Dragons game with a couple of other graduates. Of the 9 races, and 9 classes, I decided to be a Gnomish bard who has a weakness for good beer. The other two chose a Elf druid and a Half-orc paladin, which I then used to motivate me to do some more painting.

 

Turtle

A birthday card I painted for my housemates birthday. I asked him what his favourite animal is and the answer was a turtle.

 

Dragon

I decided to redraw a painting I gave a friend during college, where there is a warrior being blasted by dragon fire and protected by his shield. I’m not very happy with this one, I made it using the old paints and think I layered it way too heavily just to get substantial colour onto the page. Watercolour is meant to be light and bright. I also mucked up the knight, so I think I’ll redo it in 2020, maybe using one of the characters below instead of the generic knight.

 

Bold and brash

I came across Squidward’s (Spongebob Squarepants) painting in March and decided to paint and frame it for my current house. I painted it, and then never managed to find a frame I liked (and besides, I shouldn’t whack nails into the walls).

 

Early bird attempts

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