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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Jack is back

I was recently commissioned to do two designs for t-shirts for a company in London that do Jack the Ripper tours.
 
The first is a playing card design, the Jack of... Ripper I guess
I wanted to make him pop out of the card, like he was coming for you and added a little street scene behind him to explain the light source on him.
 
 
This second one was to look like Jack had split you open and lifted your guts out, gross but REALLY fun to paint, took me right back to my days as a kid reading 2000AD and staring at all the gross details in the stories :)
I tried to keep it a little comic booky so as not to be to disturbing but still look realistic enough to be recognised.
 
 
 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Tigger the Tiger

It's been a while since I posted anything so here is a quick watercolour and gouache Tigger


Monday, 5 May 2014

Self portrait

I painted a self portrait to enter the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition.

As is my want I started off with a sort of practice sketch paint

"I really wish I was over there!"

I was not a fan of it, the proportions are wrong and the beard is way to yellow, but I did like the effect of light around me, like a shifting aura.
But I continued

"I also wish I was over there!"

Everyone that see's it tells me I look grumpy, but I always look grumpy and that isn't how it felt to me at all, ah well, can't please everyone I suppose.
Here is reference of my eternally grumpy face

This is why I can never fly to America

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Viking mit Crows

German for no reason.

Sketch

"Oh look a Viking" - A Crow


Painting

"Oh look a Viking in color" - A Crow

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A portrait of Mistress Beena

I draw Beena a lot, usually she is reading and fidgets a lot which makes it very difficult, but every now and then she does something that requires her to sit still, like sewing!

She still wouldn't keep that one arm still

But even easier is to just use a photo, which I did, this one

Or these three to be more accurate

So I sketched it onto a piece of canvas (a step I forgot to record) and painted over it with some burnt umber acrylic, the burnt umber went a lovely grey when it mixed with the graphite from the sketch, but what harm

Insert paint here

I then set about the joyful task of getting the oils out and in the space of about 2... maybe 3... possibly 4 hours, I dunno, I was totally in the zone, this was the result

Its similar to make-up, but more paint is involved

This was one of those paintings that just worked for me, there are a couple small things I will alter later on, but they don't even bother me that much to be honest which is a rarity in and of itself... maybe I should do this for a living.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Zombies

A couple of groovy zombies painted in oils for funsies.
I sketched them in with a pencil that put a quick wash of acrylic burnt umber before using the oils.