Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas! + a new Sketchbook update

Hey all!

Thanks to everyone who supported this blog this year, you are all awesome and I appreciate all the feedback that I've been getting. It's been a good year, but 2011 will be better. I definitely need to take it to a higher level, and I have 2 solo shows and a group show coming up in March/April.
Hope you all have an awesome Christmas and New Year!

Anyway, just got an update of new work to share with you via Hi Fructose, big thanks once again to Ken Harman for helping me share the inner sanctum of my black book with everyone. Please click the link below to check it all out.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bird Lady

The main reason I started this was to improve and build upon it further. I feel like an idea which feels good to share with other people is always worth pursuing. In this case it was the significance of the symbiotic relationship between the lady (who appears to be homeless) and the birds. I tried to put in little subliminal details to suggest that, like the trees + verticals above forming cathedral churchy shapes, and triangular shapes, having the colour scheme the same as you'd find on a pigeon, and more things like that. I learnt a lot of things like the importance of ideas, purpose and intent driving content, and only using enough detail to get the message across, stuff i always struggle with, it was hard to limit the amount of detail on the pigeons to just the basic shapes and colours. The final painting took about 2-3 days

Here's also an interview I did for a website called My Modern Met. Big thanks to Alice for taking the time to do this.

 gestural sketch, the pencil dark/light thumbnail, and the same one coloured and altered in photoshop.

 resultant colour study:

  alternate study with a different colour scheme

Back to the other scheme and messing around more with the colours

This is the initial drawing, I used pencil and just wanted to think about placement, design and composition.


Final Layer Wet