Hello, I'm a FINE ART Undergraduate student at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. This Blog is mostly about Illustration, Animation and my own Art, but also about other artists which inspired me day by day. Feel free to explore, reblog or follow me! :)


Still Life Practice

this is a study of life drawing I did back in December 2013 during the winter break back home. Originally I wanted to do 3 quick acrylic individual studies of the objects I set in front of me. Later when I was finished I noticed that if I overlap the individual paintings, they become a bigger painting. That makes me very happy, because this means that my eye has started to measure things right after 1 year of hard practice :)

Contrasts - Creativity exercise

I decided to do a quick studies of the first things that come into my mind when I hear the word “Contrast”. I thought Water and Fire is one of the best ways of describng it, but I kind of pushed it more into the contrast we feel, cold and hot. 

I ended up drawing a mountain covered in Ice which reminds me much of Disney’s Frozen :P and Lava :) I used small canvas boards, a palette knife and acrylic. Loads of patience as well. 

Tangerines, Still Life, Apples, Oranges and Lemons

this post is more like a collection of some of my Organic Still Life’s from my first Semester in my Second Year of my Fine Art Degree. 

I really like the way of how my drawing has improved over the last 6 months, using different media like palette knifes or a limited range of colours. 


Back to the studio for the start of semester 2, year 2

After setting up my new oil paints and Zest-it, I wondered what to paint, so I started doodling in my sketchbook and was intrigued by a design of shapes I’d stacked on top of each other. I redrew the design onto a painting pad and have started blocking in the shapes.

Later, my friend generously posed for me and I hurried to capture her likeness on a canvas. She had a lot of warm earthy tones in her skin and hair, so I thought it would be a good idea to do an underpainting in a complimentary colour. Half an hour in, it was time to be kicked out of the studios for closing time. Hopefully she will sit for me again ASAP so I can continue! :-D :-D 

I’m only just getting to grips with oils and I think I need to be more liberal in my application. Another friend has suggested I try adding linseed oil into the mix for greater viscosity. I’m very eager to carry on as I’m learning so much every time I pick up the brush - working in oils is so different to the acrylic process that I’m used to! 

My friend and coursemate has started a new blog here in tumblr. She is an exellent second year painter and very talented. Currently she is also  working on a portrait of me :D I consider myself lucky :) In return she is going to pose for me so I can do a portrait of her as well! 

4. U’wa - Amazonian Territory

This painting is the one that caused the most trouble, and at the same time, the most difficult to build. It created a lot of trouble, and still even after submitting it into my assessment I felt like this was not really finished. 

The Amazonia Tribe plays a big role in my story, it is a society run by women and is categorized by the other nations as savage and uncivilized. The truth is that they have an own culture and different way of living, and this makes them not uncivilized, they are in some terms much more advanced than the other nations. 

However, the difficulty of this painting was to crate a landscape, working from Colombian and Egyptian photos that I did 5 years ago. Both environments have a different colour palette and vegetation. To combine both was a bit of a pain. 

I really like the early Egyptian constructions and architecture, and I feel that this could fit very well to my fictional Amazonian Culture. I wanted torepresent their strength and braveness.

At some point i could not keep going with the painting and ended up editing it on Photoshop. I added more shadows to the buildings and made them more white, which was my intention in the first pace. There are still a few things that have to be resolved in the near future, but in the meantime, this is what I can show you. 

The Little Mermaid - Disney Collab by katiediazz
Coloured an old sketch from last year. Ariel is definetely one of my favourite Disney Princesses apart from Pocahontas and Anna from Frozen. She is one of the reasons why I want to become an Animator.

The Little Mermaid - Disney Collab by katiediazz

Coloured an old sketch from last year. Ariel is definetely one of my favourite Disney Princesses apart from Pocahontas and Anna from Frozen. She is one of the reasons why I want to become an Animator.

3. The Journey To Taliesin - Eluedian Kingdom

Here is the process of the 3rd painting of the series for “Lapislazuli’s World” Project.

I spent a lot thinking about the process for this one, I had a look on Caspar David Friedirich’s work “Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer” and John Martins Apocalyptical skyes for his paintings. 

The concept of the city is something that I already had worked beforehand. I was inspired by the city Santorini in Greece and The Blue Citadel in Turkey. 

I also tried to do a study in a smaller canvas to see how powerful should the sky be. It should be very powerful and dramatic, it should give a feeling of insecurity - something like we do not know if this is either good or not, but at least we agree that it is beautiful.

2. The Forgotten Forest - The Portal 

This one has been one of the trickiest and most difficult from all 4 final pieces for my project. The idea for this picture started originally back in Summer 2013, I produced a digital painting which can be found here

When the second year started, this seemed very convenient and I reproduced this idea on canvas and acrylic painting. I used this time powder gesso and toilet paper to create a 3D effect on the canvas. I had a few problems at the beginning because it did not want to stick on the canvas because i did not had the canvas wet enough.

I did not return to continue with this, I left it drying for a week. Then I could come back to it and start with the painting. it was very difficult to create similar colours as the ones I used digitally.

Characters were added digitally later on.