This branding work took in the study of Albrecht Dürer, making large versions of Assyrian cylinder rolls out of plaster and lots of illustration. The type is specially designed and based on Dürer’s ideas of harmony. The ideas behind the brand have a timeless quality, understatement and an international outlook.
The word Intaglio is a design incised or engraved into a material that is then printed.
After making the type for real by hand in plaster and photographing it in raking light, the logo was eventually made up in Illustrator point-by-point with three sets of shadows. When used under a size of 10cm it is indistinguishable from a photograph but, because the logo is in vectors, it can be scaled infinitely to any size
The print work has a calm and classy look as befits the people working there.
Friday night 6-9pm 28.09.18. The Mary Ward Centre. John Close was the tutor.
Head over Heels. Acrylic and wax pencil on canvas board. Around 50 minutes.
Thanks for the title Andy. The final pose of the night. The full figure would have been good but there’s been a many over the years and the feet and skull make an intriguing mix of life and death. With the composition focused on just three objects, the colour, brush-marks and texture could be thought out a little more than unusual. The background base colour can still be seen. The skin colour wasn’t blended; your eye has to do that work. Mr Skellington’s skull has dry impasto loaded on it; the colours on the skull are mixed between the skin and material. The material the objects rest on is made with thinner paint and scumbled with dry-brush marks; it is lighter the further the material is from the audience’s eye.
Below are the the other work made and some close-ups of the skull.
1. The canvas later painted with skull and feet. The drawing was made without looking at the canvas.
2. A painting made on crumpled paper.
3 & 4. A detail and full picture of 3 poses. It was fun to paint something so small for 15 minutes. This seated figure is only 5cm high. The larger paintings of the model were made with both hands working at the same time or painting upwards only.
Back to the Mary Ward Centre on a Friday night with the great tutor John Close.
The model was the fantastic Dominic, a very enthusiastic young man with some very good poses.
All work was made with one large brush, some pencils and chalk.
Tension. Black paper. Made in 10 minutes. Nice and free.
Two poses, two artists. On canvas board.
I wanted the artists to be vaguer, the model to be the focus. Interesting colour palette. Two poses of 30 minutes.
Four poses. On canvas board.
Letting the canvas fill up with marks.
Four poses of 15 minutes.
Posted in Art, Life Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic, Art, contemporary art, life drawing, Life model, London art, Mary Ward centre, model, Painting, portrait
I love woodblock type. Bought a new typeface, a news gothic, from Ireland apparently. They didn’t have a ‘W’ so I got a free ‘!’.
The Japanese ink has been mixed with cheap blue poster paint.
Anyway, just look at the loveliness.
You will see more of this in the coming months…
Saturday 8th September.
In a crypt in a church opposite Euston station.
A great set up of scenes based around Francis Bacon.
Around 4 hours of intense drawing.
Three Studies of ‘George Dyer’. Chalk and graphite sticks.
The model undressed as the poses went on. The first in a suit and tie, the second in string vest and the third in his white jockeys. Based on the painting of Bacon made from photographs of George Dyer by John Deakin.
Three Studies of movement. Oils stick, chalk, crayon, charcoal and lots of pencils.
A really interesting time with lots of overlaying. With the model, music, scenery and the amazing space of the crypt.
Two studies of man in stocking. Oils stick, chalk, crayon, charcoal and lots of pencils.
The first works. The place was rather dark which made looking at the paper a waste of time. The works became more about tone and texture which suited me.
A tricky composition.
At the Tate Britain, having a wander, thinking about political art and depictions of war, having just seen the Aftermath exhibition of post WWI art. I’ve always liked this painting as the artist, John Singleton Copley is trying really hard. The fight for Jersey has been pushed into a most heroic painting. No doubt there is a Brexit cartoon in there somewhere.
Anway, I sat down and got out my pencils and had a tussle with Mr Copley’s work. Fun.