In the crit at the end of the life drawing session asked why I painted on a loud pink spray painted background, I blurted out something to do with music feedback as a base for extemporising on. Having a strong thing to react to and work with. it gives me a head-start into the image rather than the sterile blankness of white. The tones really excite the eyes.
The life model only curled her lip for a second, just before a yawn. It was the expression that went with the pose and the colour.
Here’s a close up. I feel there might have been a progression in this lesson. I am so pleased with this I ‘ve signed it.
This image has hints of my obsession with Matisse and his ‘bathers’, which I saw in Chicago. https://www.moma.org/explore/multimedia/audios/220/2279
The lesson was about building the image up through tones against dark and midtone grounds. These works were great fun to do but needed extra work after the class, which meant I’m rather tired while writing this.
This is a great pose. The life model fainted mid pose, but came back to finish the stance like a trouper. Lots of chalk was involved in this.
Here’s two examples of what I’m trying to do visually in music.
A found pot of ink and a pipette. Lessons on drawing with your ‘wrong’ hand, drawing without looking at the paper, drawing on crumpled paper, drawing with both hands.
The last hour was spent doing this composition, with my fellow artists in the background.
I liked the skull and handbag. There’s a lot of connections and rhythms in the painting,
Here the model bcomes audience while an artist watches. Crumpled paper on paper.
This left part of the image was made with both hands at once, the left hand held a black stick of charcoal, the righ a blue conté pastel.
Usingthe pipette was tricky and left a pool of ink on the floor. The acrylic fleshtones went on int the break.
The image on the left was made while not looking at the subject, the one on the righ was made with my right (wrong) hand only.
This artwork consisted only of upward strokes on sugarpaper.
There is so much content in everything now that is filched from other places. I prefer to make my own, the client is employing me for my work, not my talents as a thief. Which is different from having influences etc, etc.
Anyway here’s a recent website. Shame about the lonely word at the end of the line – typography is slightly less precise on the web. That really annoys me. Really.
And here is one of the backgrounds.
Photographed with my trusty Fujifilm TX-10 and stick on very cheap macro.
The image is a close up of a cymbal from my drumkit – the site is for music business types.
This is before the Photoshop layers of darkness.
With the illustrations for the backgrounds, a little lighter than used.
I do like working for Auckland Castle Trust. The people are nice, the idea for project is really genuine and the art and architecture is unique.
The leaflet features my illiustration, design and typography.
The feel is supposed to be adult, informative, thoughtful and friendly. Like radio 4. Printed on recycled stock.
It was photographed on the kitchen table, hence the calm lighting.
The type shape on the cover paragraph are meant to make you look and read, it’s a 1960’s American advertising trick, used in VW beetle advertising.
The fold out poster.
The great Aucklandcastle.org
Printed by http://statex.co.uk/
Printed on http://www.cycluspaper.com/en/cyclusoffset/
This was the final session before the Easter break.
Adding the standing figure and background in two hours.
The palette is more considered, the brushstokes a little less dramatic.
If it’s exhibited I’ll try and work out a narrative. This could well be worked on before the next set of classes.
A close up of his torso.
A warm up sketch.
It won’t be long until I see you again old friend.