When I was young and used to spend a lot of time on model railways, Triang-Hornby had a little tank engine, or a family of them “Nellie”, “Polly” and “Connie” as well as some numbered brothers. They had a certain charm, but were as much toy as model really. This year is Hornby Railways’ hundredth birthday, so as my own little tribute, here is Polly re-imagined as a real locomotive. Drawn digitally using Procreate, Apple Pencil and iPad Pro.
Great Western Railway Manor “Lydham Manor” and Hall class locos travelling through the English West Country. This is an oil painting I did in 1997, with a little digital restoration to correct the way the colours had aged. I made a bad mistake at the time, using cold-pressed (instead of boiled) linseed oil as a medium. Lovely if you want to impart a golden brown colour to your work over time, but otherwise not a thing to repeat!
My latest digital artwork… GWR “Armstrong Class” 4-4-0 No.16 “Brunel” at Westborne Park in the middle 1890s, and just finished today with extra time on my hands due to the lockdown. This painting is a high resolution digital painting made using tablet and stylus. The better quality drawing apps can produce surprisingly good results and be amazingly like the natural media paintings that I’ve done for decades.
The results of trying some digital filters on my painting of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway ‘Atlantic’ Locomotive “Beachy Head”. The painting was done digitally using the Art Set IV Application, an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Above is the original painting. Below are the filtered results, mostly using JixiPics’ filter applications. It’s a simple approach to making alternate images, and has to be applied carefully, but never the less, I rather like some of these!