These beautiful and fascinating doodlewashes come to us from Gray Proud, originally from Warwickshire, England and now living in London (follow him on Instagram and visit his website for more!).
Painting is something Gray has always loved to do. Observational drawing in the natural world is often a starting point, but invariably he turns to his imagination to fill in the gaps and bring about the final stages. His affection for England and its constituent parts, its wildlife and quirks are regularly present throughout in his work.
Gray says, “I work almost exclusively in ink and watercolour now after experimenting with other mediums in the past. I find them most receptive to my instinctive technique. I tend to draw intuitively and with a free and loose style, which invites ‘happy accidents’ and original line (or at least, that’s the idea!).”
He says that somehow he’s always aiming to put his subconscious self on the page. The color follows almost immediately, and in a similar fashion to the line, he applies it through instinct, and goes with his first thought.
“Bright and colourful is often the way for me,” he says, “but it really depends on the subject. I’m also very interested in entering the children’s illustration market. I’m a firm believer that words and pictures should, and can go hand-in-hand. And these should be presented and enjoyed in the flesh, even if an increasingly digitalised world try to lead us astray!”
Be sure to follow him on Instagram as well as his Facebook Page! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing work with us, Gray! And we can’t wait to see what stories you’ll draw next!Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in Featured Artists
24 thoughts on “GUEST ARTIST: Intuitive Storytelling”
I love the Peter Rabbit doodlewash! Great post 😀
Isn’t it cool?! That was my favorite too I think, Nicole. 😃 But I couldn’t really choose so that’s why I posted all four he sent! 😊😊hehe
Wow! Great combination of line and color. He would do well in book illustration. (K)
Agreed, Kerfe! I would buy any book he illustrated…I just love the lines!! 😃
I love the color and uniqueness of his work. Beautiful. Love the lady especially. 😊
Isn’t she beautiful! Gray is definitely someone to follow! 😃👍🏻
Wow I love the Queen . How dramatic. Drawings are wonderful detailed.
Yay! So happy you liked these Patricia! I’ve been following Gray for awhile and was excited to share his work!! 😃
These are great and quite unusual to me. I love how the cyclists move.
Yeah…are they great? Gray has a really wonderful unique style. Definitely someone to follow, Kirk! 😉👍🏻
fascinating pictures. clarity of subject, colors, I think they’re awesome.
Yay! So happy you liked Gray’s feature, Marcus!! 😃
I really like the organic feeling in these pieces, full of light and movement, perfect for children’s illustrations. Beautiful! Will check his IG!
Yay! Glad you liked his work Kari!! ❤️😃Definitely someone to follow!! Follow! Hehe 😉👍🏻
Such a fresh approach! Beautiful paintings!
Great description! Glad ya like these Cathe! 😃
Awesome stuff. Thanks for a new artist to follow
Yay!! Awesome to hear that Jodi!! ❤️😃
Gray, your playful lines and loosely painted colors are so appealing. Beautiful artwork! Thank you Charlie.
Thank you Sharon for the lovely comment! ❤️😃Glad you liked Gray’s work! 😃
New shade of Gray ~ love! xo This guy’s style is super my style
Excellent! Thought you’d like this one! So happy you do Cynthia!! 👍🏻😃
Love the dog in the cyclists painting!
Such a unique style. The last picture I think is inspired by an impressionist painting but with this artist’s twist. Lovely.