Completed Lineart Samples

This is a gallery of the lineart PDFs I have available for download, the first 7 are available here (free registration required) and the others will be accessible through my Patreon once I launch it (Soon™).

These are all available as A3 PDFs which will print acceptably at A4 size. Considering that they were originally drawn in a Moleskine, slightly smaller than A5, it shouldn’t cause too much in the way of eye strain colouring them at A4 size 😉

A bit of Process, Progress and Possible Plans

The doodles just keep coming, and I haven’t played a video game in nearly 2 months.

 I’d be worried if I wasn’t having so much fun.
I’m up to twenty-eight finished sketches at this point. and am aiming for the round hundred before thinking about how to get a colouring book published, whether to go the route of self-publishing, or actually submit it to a publisher (or twelve).
There doesn’t seem to be any stopping them either. Work progresses on Doodle 29 not quite as I type this, obviously, but close enough.
I’m slightly concerned at the length of time the vectoring is taking, and may stick to getting the lines down first, and then moving on to the next. The last finished vector (Orbicular, Coming Soon™) was hard work, and I really was getting a bit sick of it towards the end. So in order to prevent that in future I’ll split lining and colouring up. It means I’ll have more ready for a book sooner as well.

I’ve not had much time to get any admin done in the way of setting up a store, both on here (and possibly Facebook) and through a print on demand provider. This means that while my Instagram (@redmandrill) and Facebook page have been getting updated, I’ve been neglecting this page and actually doing anything to make a bit of money out of this. I feel a bit crass mentioning it, but if I can even make a little more pocket, pin and party money (there’s none at the moment*) then I’m going to do it. As I’ve said elsewhere, I’ll be looking to develop a range of products to suit as many budgets as possible. What would you like to see? Not promising anything, but I will look into all suggestions.

Organisationally I’m beginning to sort out a production process beyond the actual act of producing the doodles and vectors. Once finished those images need to be prepared and formatted for producing canvases, and other printed goods, before I can start putting a store together. This is the bit I’m most easily distracted from, so am laying out a step-by-step process for myself which I will follow until it becomes habit. Then, of course, once orders start (hopefully) coming in, I’ll need to figure out a process for dealing with those. This will depend on which services are used to produce which products. It’s looking like a choice between inkthreadable.co.uk and designbyhumans.com at the moment. If anyone has any experience with either of these, how did you find them?

As I’ve been composing this post I’ve been looking at plugins to display my Instagram and Flicker feeds. Another bit of admin I’ve been neglecting. I should have galleries available either in the sidebar or their own pages/posts soon™. I’m also looking at Ecwid/WooCommerce, as a starting point for a store on this site. If anyone reading this has any experience, tips, or pointers for this eCommerce service/plugin, fee free to pass them on in the comments.

I’ve got a process and workflow in Inkscape pretty nailed down at this point (excepting the adaptation above) and am enjoying doodling on the train to work and for a few minutes with a coffee in the morning (It’s even serving to wean me off Toy Blast, one of those insidious Facebook games/apps). I’m also planning my first A3 pencil work, and have ordered a flexible arm thing for holding my phone so I can stream it on either Instagram, or Facebook. I will probably have to have my headphones on for this however (I need music as I work and I’m not sure of the rules regarding streaming music for this sort of thing) so may not be very talkative.

I’m also beginning to get hints of a world/mythology/cosmology behind these seemingly random forms, shapes and combinations, that I self deprecatingly call doodles. I’m not quite sure what to make of it as yet, but there’s certainly something there, in the dark between the voids…

 M out.

Product Prototypes

Bordered and Titled A3 Poster Prototype

This will be a gallery of experimental product mock-ups and prototypes. Feel free to comment and discuss.

I’ll be posting a variety of mock-ups and concepts here and your input will be valuable in selecting which one’s go forward to production.

M out

IV: Cacophanous Harmonies

Cacophanous Harmonies

IV – Cacophanous Harmonies

Like rocks in a stream, complex forms cause tubrulences, eddies, and whirlpools of drag in the flow. Currents collect and collide matter and form and a stability emerges from the chaos of change and motion.

The currents stretch and spin and splice new forms from those created by less complex and frequent collisions of a previous age. A term that now makes sense as the number of interactions occurring in the same moment stretches each moment to fit. What once was timeless and instantaneous has now been in existence longer than any sensible lifespan as we would understand such.

From outside in the cold, abyssal void, nothing has changed, and not an instant has passed. The something is nothing but a flash, a fleeting scratch that is there and gone so swiftly it can hardly have been said to have been there at all.

But inside the flash, the scratch stretches and distorts time as form shifts and fluctuates. Past giving rise to present, and opening future possibilities.

Amalgams of form collect in the meetings of currents, and the confluences of eddies. Squeezed by pressures into globes of seething matter. Splitting, colliding, connecting and conjoining in their turn. Until from even this chaos a stability of uniformity develops.

The forms evolve, paths diverging according to the necessities of environment and the pressures of time. Difference drives further change, keeping each moment stretched further than the last, all stretching the instant after which the nothing swallows it all once more.

Cacophanous Harmonies, digital art by Keith Neilson. Signed and numbered prints available. Limited to 50. £100 ea. Contact me with any enquiries

Unsigned prints in various formats available from webmandrill.deviantart.com

III: Entwintement

 

III – Entwinement

In the maelstrom of things that are ejected from the mouth of a void that isn’t, a chaos of collisions and conjoinments ensues. Simple begetting complex shapes and forms as one is added or subtracted to or from another.

Forms can be traced by their past interactions. A section missing here, a compound shape there. Sutractions and additions of space and energy promulgate across the brief instant of the something’s traversal through the nothing.

Movement and change give expression to time, within the realm where they occur. The nothing beyond remaining timeless and writhing, unmoving and unchanging at the edge of comprehension. It waits for an unending moment before consuming and absorbing the ejecta of chaos and motion.

That moment is nothing to the Void. It does not pass, because there is not time for it to do so. Ah, but in the chaos and energy of the fleeting flood of matter and energy, it is an eternity. Eon upon eon in which to grow, evolve, collide, deform, detatch, reform and combine. An endless dance of destruction and creation.

The driver of this dance, as it ever was, is difference. Density gradients, across a wide range of esoteric measures of energy and mass, velocity and inertia. Cause movement from high to low, fast to slow, hot to cold.

Rivers of change flow from instant to instant. Entangling each other and themselves. Capturing stray energy and matter, combining and splitting off in unending estuaries, deltas and tributaries. Linking previously unconnected concepts, ideas, forms and natures. Allowing them to cross-combine and compete. Their differences driving the forces of change and growth in each other.

Entwinement, digital art by Keith Neilson. Signed and numbered prints available. Limited to 50. £100 ea. Contact me with any enquiries

Unsigned prints in various formats available from webmandrill.deviantart.com

II: Emanative Confluentials

 

II – Emanative Confluentials

After the end, there was an uncountably infinite instant of nothing. Ultimate peace, tranquillity and stagnation. And then there was a beginning. There was nothing for this beginning to spring from, so it sprang from that.

In the beginning, before, and after, time, matter, and mind, there was Void, and Voids within that Void. Spaces in the nothing that were empty even of nothing. Time was not, there was no motion, change, or even rest.

In the frantic stillness of Void, the spaces within it, their static movements causing nothing in their wake, would, on occasion, vomit forth streams of matter, shape, energy, and motion. These rivers of something would be swiftly consumed by other nothings, but not before entire worlds were born and destroyed in their timeless and instant passage through the Void.

The chaos and frenetic life of motion and energy can only be imagined in the mind’s eye, the shapes it throws forth into the imaginings of man can only ever be shapes. Wordless metaphors for subconscious thoughts and ideas that defy language. They are their own language, and when rendered into ours it is only by metaphor that we are able to express them. Those metaphors need not be words…

Emanative Confluentials, digital art by Keith Neilson. Signed and numbered canvas prints available. Limited to 50. £100 ea. Contact me with any enquiries

Unsigned prints in various formats available from webmandrill.deviantart.com

I: Sinusotic Chaotica

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The Cosmos ends, as it always does, with an extended whimpering of energy. The heat fades, matter decays and fragments. Differentials lose their difference and all becomes one. Motionless, heatless, lightless. At peace.

The last ripples from the last dying supermassive singularities flow out and out, until finally there is nothing left to flow through. The dying gasp of a universe, breathing out into the infinite abyss.

A final order is imposed. Entropy ceases as there is no more chaos to tame. With no change, no motion, no diversity of energies. Time becomes meaningless and every instant identical.

It ends, as all things must when they stagnate in their similarity. The life of the cosmos is change and difference, it only ends when everything is the same and the diversity is gone.

Sinusotic Chaotica, digital art by Keith Neilson. Signed and numbered canvas prints available. Limited to 50. £100 ea. Contact me with any enquiries

Unsigned prints in various formats available from webmandrill.deviantart.com

Finished Works – Prints Available

Here are my finished pieces.

Signed and numbered prints are limited to 50 per finished work and are priced at £100 each.

This includes:

  • One signed and numbered print unique to you. Each print will be subtly different from the other 49 in the run, but will retain the general appearance of the originals posted here.
  • Shipping to me for signing and numbering by hand.
  • Shipping to you anywhere in the UK, EEA/EU, or USA/Canada.

Contact me in order to place your order or if you live outside of those areas.

Works in Progress

This gallery is where I’ll be posting images of various stages of the vectorising process. I find it interesting to see how a sketch develops as I hand digitise them and the moments when the WiP screenshot matches what I had in my head while sketching are priceless.

Sketches

This gallery is where I’ll be posting the finished first stage of production for each of my doodles.

I generally come up with a composition, roughly blocked out at small scale and nailing down the overall layout. Then I fill it in more or less randomly with the shapes you encounter across my work. The hardest part is knowing where to start with the detail once the layout and composition is blocked out. The intimidation of a (largely) blank page is quite something, but once I get a couple of shapes down they just seem to flow from my pencil.

My current preferred medium is pencils in a Moleskine. They’re portable, and the page-size isn’t too intimidating. The one drawback is that some pieces want to be bigger, and I have dreams of putting pencil, pen or brush to multiple large canvases in future.

These are then traced in Inkscape as .SVG files to produce printable PDFs, and then coloured. The stages of that process can be found in the Works in Progress gallery.

The first 7 sketches are available as PDFs to print and colour in if you register a free subscriber account and future additions will be available to my Patreon subscribers. For a small consideration of $1 per month you gain access to all existing lineart PDFs and any new ones as they are published. Look out for an announcement of when my Patreon goes live, or be automatically notified by email if you are a subscriber.

More sketches will be added to this as they are completed.