Well this is my latest monster work – It was initially supposed to be along the lines of my older Taniwha series, but after re-drawing three or four times I ended up with this beast instead. I just couldn’t fit myself back into the same space I’d been in for them; So this is my compromise : A carmine Kraken with a multitude of tentacles. Just waiting to get a grip on that which has been long set in its sight, to wrap itself around and drag way down deep…I like the depth of colour and the gloss shine that the resin gives – Usually gouache dries a little lighter than originally mixed, and with an almost dusty finish. This brings it right back to the colours I mixed up wet, plus its a good protection to prevent cracking and easy damage.
And here’s what I was listening to while painting this particular Kraken :…I’m making the most of thrashing the album while Jon’s back in Nz!