Ike Inklings

I. DRINK. YOUR. MILKSHAKE. October 29 2018, 0 Comments

It's nice when you're asked to paint a scene from your favourite film (full painting on the Commissions page). I started this one in black and white and wrestled with it for a while, but it just wasn't working. As soon as I started adding colour, I could see it coming together and I feel like I really hit my stride. I probably could have painted any given scene from the movie with some success - the cinematography is epic and the whole film is so atmospheric.

It also had me reminiscing about my favourite quotes from the film. I could fill page upon page with them, but instead, here are my top 5 Daniel Plainview buzzwords...


  1. Milkshake
  2. Drainage
  3. Bastard/basket
  4. Afterbirth
  5. Oil Man 

Is there a scene from your favourite film that you can see hanging on your wall? Why not drop me an enquiry at info@stirlingikesmith.com?

Brachiosceptre July 22 2018, 0 Comments

I didn't kid myself enough to think I could do any meaningful painting during the World Cup, however, I did make this oddly ferocious plant-eater from driftwood found on Aberdeen Beach.

And All That Jazz May 30 2018, 0 Comments

I made a first venture into the world of acrylic colour with my commission of 'Jazz' the beautiful Bengal, with my studio finally set up in London. Lots of testing the water and learning as I went; I particularly enjoyed the landscape elements. More to come, for sure...


stirlingikesmith.com February 16 2017, 0 Comments


Part II of the Ike Inc overhaul is complete! New web address, new logo, new location and a new focus. I've recently relocated to London to find a graduate engineering job and I'm looking forward to new projects on a number of fronts in 2017...


Commissions January 30 2017, 0 Comments

Earlier this month I finished my first commissioned painting - an acrylic portrait. It was my most enjoyable piece of work so far; even more so because it was for the family of a good friend. 

I have added a "Commissions" page to the site and I am available to take commissions in a number of different artistic mediums.

Contact ikeinctees@gmail.com if you'd like a quote or have any other queries I can answer.

Ike Inc Overhaul January 30 2017, 0 Comments

The Ike Inc site has had its furniture shifted around a new lick of paint on the walls to reflect a swerve in creative direction. I'm going to be focusing more on producing original artworks, limited edition prints and taking commissions.

However, don't fret, t-shirt enthusiasts, I'm still selling the graphic tees I have left in stock on the site, and may yet release more down the line.

King Monkey January 30 2017, 0 Comments

I finished my portrait of Ian Brown in late 2016. After a lot of doing and redoing, I finally ended up with a painting I'm really proud of. I learnt some important lessons about creating the base tones before trying to add detail, which I've already taken into my first acrylic portrait commission. I do love detail, but I think I'm going to try some more expressive and abstract pieces next.

Here's a progress video I made (there's a longer version with soundtrack on my YouTube channel, that can be watched on the desktop site. Damn you, copyright laws!):

ikeTunes Vol. II January 14 2017, 0 Comments

Here are some of the melodies that have been accompanying my painting in the last few months:   

1. The Last Shadow Puppets - Aviation

2. Dimitri From Paris - Disco Shake

3. Stereophonics - Mr. And Mrs. Smith

4. George Duke - 'Scuse Me Miss

5. Kyle Dixon - Kids (from Stranger Things)

6. Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

7. Noel Gallagher - Dying Of The Light

8. Rotary Connection - I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun

9. Daniel Pemberton - The Skylab Plan (from Steve Jobs)

10. Ray Mang - Look Into My Eyes

11. Mylo - Emotion 98.6

12. Louis Armstrong - We Have All The Time In The World

Finished! November 05 2016, 0 Comments

I have finally finished my never-ending university course, and will be graduating with a Master's Degree next month!

An original painting of one of my favourite music personalities that I have been working on (very intermittently) will be online to purchase soon, hopefully followed by more original works and limited edition prints. 

In the mean time, have a look at the Ike Inc Instagram page. I made it half way through Iketober (Inktober as it's known to most) with a scribble each day, before a holiday interfered. 

Pinterest & Tumblr February 06 2016, 1 Comment

I've been using Pinterest and Tumblr a lot more recently. There's plenty of creative interest to be found on both and I've updated my pages on each. They can now be accessed directly from the Ike Inc site by clicking the links at the bottom of each page, in addition to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.