Artwork, Online class

Quirky Faces – Dogs and Cats

Before I get to the dogs and cats, I want to thank my friend Ronit for the help with giving names to my creations. Here are the first faces I created, with their names. These are all done with techniques from my Quirky Faces Skillshare class.

Quirky Faces

Now, after creating all these faces, and a bunch more, I thought I would try creating dog and cat faces. Here are my first results.


Quirky dog face - Lucy

This is another painting of Lucy, done in the batik style taught by Jennifer Nichols on Skillshare.

Quirky dog face - Lucy


Quirky dog face - Winston


Quirky Faces - Sadie


Quirky Faces - Oscar

New artwork

I have been working again with Alaina Jensen’s alcohol ink brushes for Procreate. In this one, I have gotten away from my usual bright colours for a pretty cool result.

Digital alcohol ink painting using brushes by Alaina Jensen.

This is a portrait of my friend’s dog Leo, where I used a couple of Alaina’s brushes to create a colourful texture that I blended with Leo’s photo.

Digital alcohol ink painting using brushes by Alaina Jensen.

In real life, since alcohol inks are transparent, they can’t really be used on a dark surface. But digitally, there are ways around that. Here’s an example.

Digital alcohol ink painting using brushes by Alaina Jensen.

Real and Faux Alcohol Ink

Recently, I discovered a wonderful set of Procreate brushes by Alaina Jensen that reproduce the look of alcohol inks digitally.

The background in this piece is a scan of real alcohol ink, to which I added some digital alcohol ink with Alaina’s brushes.

Painting uses a combination of real and digital alcohol ink.

This one was done entirely in Procreate. I put the alcohol ink on a black background, which is not really possible in real life because of the transparency of the inks.

Digital alcohol ink painting

In this one, I started with a cut-out version of one of my mandalas, and used one of Alaina’s brushes in several colours for the background.

Mandala with digital texture background.

This final one is another hybrid painting. I started with a texture I created with real alcohol ink, then I added some extra texture with Alaina’s brushes in green and gold. Then I added the black octopus silhouette, and use another one of Alaina’s brushes in red and orange for texture.

Alcohol ink octopus digital painting