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232 - STRING ART VII - DAVE EDWARDS - INK - 2011 by 


This is number VII in my series of ten abstracts inspired by string art.

I sometimes chat about art with Linmarie of Redbubble and she suggested I try doing string art. I read her instructions on string art and decided to try the acrylic paint method.

For this particular picture, here was the result of my string-art and paint session:

For me the exciting (and I genuinely mean “exciting”) part is trying to see identifiable shapes in the paint mass. I saw a vague lizard-like image and slightly emphasised it, then added lizards and set to work shading, etc.

Here is a close-up of one of my lizard creatrues:

I used acrylic for the string-art beginning and then fineliners and a Rotring Isograph ink pen for the rest.

My 23-year old son says this is “cool.” I couldn’t ask for a better comment than that :)

I am a retired man who enjoys expressing himself in pencils and paints. I have had two solo exhibitions in my home town and I love Redbubble. I get as much pleasure from viewing the works of other artists as from creating my own.

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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Even though I adore your chickens, and people coming out of brick walls, this might be my most favorite of all your work so far! I love the creatures and the combination of random and planned shapes. Great line work, textures, and shading. Very cool!

  • Oh thank you Cindy – you have made my day today :) Although I’ve done lots of coloured pictures (327 as opposed to 231 ink ones) I have always felt most at home working with ink. That’s probably because my first art idol was Aubrey Beardsley.


  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 3 years ago

    So beautiful, so intense, love the many creatures, the patterns, shapes, the B&W with the brown mixed in, stunning & brilliant Dave

  • Thanks Lisa. I know what you mean about the “brown” but it is actually black acrylic. Must be the light that made it seem brown in the photograph. I enjoyed creating this, as it took me back to the good old days when I did nothing but black and white work.


  • I’ve just uploaded a better photo which shows it is black and white only.


    BLYTHARTover 3 years ago

    There are two creatures here, but if you look closely you may see a third one hidden in the painted section.

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 3 years ago

    oh, Dave, this is freakin AWESOME!!!!!! I see Cindy FOUND you and she wrote to me about trying this, I agree with her, this is your best with this technique, and I have truly created a monster who is now bringing out his relatives,, laugh out loud!!!! what fantastic creatures you created, ,this is a masterpiece,, please when you have time , place this one on my demo, everyone will get to see your progress and imagination from each painting.. thanks for showing your step here also , so everyone understands what you accomplished from the beginning, I have to pick my jaw up or will get lock jaw,,,lol!!! and I just so thrilled with this one,, STRINGLICIOUS!!!!!!!! HUGS linmarie

  • Ha-ha – this is turning into a mutual admiration society :) I am really impressed with your new watercolour/inks picture. Thanks ever so much for the encouragement. It’s been a hard task, but I feel I am starting to regain the confidence I once had with my artwork. It’s silly really – I have done 558 pictures in my lifetime and yet I still start each one with a feeling of foreboding – convinced I will make a mess of it. In reality I have only scrapped one or two drawings at the most. Before anyone says it: yes, I know there are many in my porfolio I should have scrapped, but what you see is what you get. You accept my art as self-expression or you ignore it – warts and all :-) I mean “you” in a group sense, of course, not just you Linmarie :) Thanks again my friend.


  • Have you spotted the third creature yet? The creature with the two horns is pointing at it.


  • AngelArtiste
    AngelArtisteover 3 years ago

    I really admire this particular work. I love it. And oh yes, I saw the creature immediately

  • Thanks Angela. I had pleasure doing this one.


  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasover 3 years ago

    Great work Dave!!

  • Thank you.


  • I plan to do ten string art-based pictures. Here are the first seven if you’d like to see them all together.


  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 3 years ago

    Super work dave …

  • Thanks Tam :)


  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 3 years ago

    Oh I seriously love this Dave !! It is pulling your work in a very interesting direction this string art. Cool indeed and arty (in the best sense of the word)…but still has the BLYTHART recognisable style.

    Hope there is more to come :)

  • Thanks ever so much for commenting on this Anita. I only completed it this afternoon. I have done seven and I have three more I am working on, and then …. who knows :)

    I have just sent you a rather long Bubblemail.


  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    How wonderful this is! I love how this has made such wonderful works of art. Beautiful creation.

  • Thank you Bunny. I always feel nostalgic talking to you, because my grandma’s name was Bunny, although that wasn’t her real name.


  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 3 years ago

    Twas Brillig and the slithey toves did gyre and gimble in the Wabe!
    All mimsy were the Borogroves and the mome wraths outgrabe!

    VERY Jabberwockyish Dave! (Well – that is what immediately sprang to MY mind when I looked at this amazing work)!

  • Thanks Lynda. It didn’t inspire this, but my wife has a copy of The Jabberwocky, although I confess to not having read it all yet :) Maybe I should.


  • As you obviously appreciate “nonsense verse” may I ask if you have read any Mervyn Peake? He wrote great stories and poems and also did some cool drawings, as did Lewis Carroll.

    Little spider
    spiding sadly
    in the webly
    light of leaves!
    why deride a
    spide’s mentadly
    when its hebly
    full of grieves?

    (Part of Little Spider by Mervyn Peake).


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