Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Bangor Open

I heard this morning that I've gotten two pieces in the annual Open Exhibition at the Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, they've accepted 'Sunshine' and 'The Rabbit Hearted Girl'. The Exhibition runs from March 12th until April 30th 2011 :)

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Sketching - Step by Step....





Coloured Pencil in Sketchbook

I always have my camera near me when I'm drawing or painting, I take snaps every few layers of colours or series of marks and see what it looks like digitally, sometimes I spot things that need changing or adding that I might not have seen looking at the original piece, its also easier than untaping a piece and turning it upside down. Along with stepping back and looking at the work from a distance, looking at something you're working on via a camera screen is an ideal way to see the piece with "fresh eyes", so I thought I'd post the photos from today's drawing session!
I'm working on mapping out the colours/sizes/layouts of some new drawings to go with 'Under Neon Loneliness', I made a start this afternoon on this close up of a guy sat slumped, I'm planning on trying some watercolour pencil for the hair and t-shirt but only had time to work on the face today :(

Monday, 21 February 2011

Under Neon Loneliness...


"Under Neon Loneliness"
Coloured Pencil, Tempera, and Poster Paint on Watercolour Paper

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The "bubble" background - printing blown paint bubbles onto watercolour paper

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I've finished the drawing I was working on, its the first time I've combined the bubbley background with my drawings, I'm proper pleased with it :) It was a challenge for a normally control freak like me to resist the urge to the paint out bits of the bubbles so that they didn't show through the face but then that would kind of defeat the point of the exercise, so I'm glad I stuck with it and fought that urge! I'm in the process of sorting through some more images for potential drawings, just need to sort, sketch and then I can get cracking!

I've said in a previous post that the Manic Street Preachers have been a big influence on the current work and the thinking behind it, the title for this piece for instance is a line from 'Motorcycle Emptiness' and the working title/buzzword for the series of drawings is 'Cultural, Alienation, Boredom and Despair' which was the working title for their début album and appears in the song 'Little Baby Nothing' - at the moment it sums up the ideas/notions/feelings I'm trying to convey....

Little Baby Nothing...


For the drawings I'm currently working on I've been heavily inspired by the Manic's early stuff, especially songs/lyircs/stories from their Début album 'Generation Terrorists'... currently loving this song and the video [and its Shampoo cameo!]...

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Sunglasses at Night


Currently feeling very inspired by this video [and the song too I guess] really like the harsh contrast of the light and the neon shadows and highlights it creates....

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Progress....


Progress from today on the new drawing... the face still needs a bit of work couple of tiny things I'm not happy with but I'm going to get the hair draw in first before tackling them just in case the hair pulls it together....
The background is proving a bit of challenge since parts of it show through the drawing, which I actually like/hoped for so it looks like shadows from neon lights, but because I'm working in coloured pencil on watercolour paper I have be quite delicate with the pencil otherwise there's a chance I'll tear the paper, or if I need to erase anything it'll leave a stain, so I'm having to constantly think about each mark, which is great as it means I can complete immerse myself in the drawing, but on the downside doesn't leave me any scope for mistakes....

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Bubbles and Bunny Ears....


View of my new drawing table in the studio and Betty the headless mannequin posing and keeping me company....

work in progress - coloured pencil and tempera/poster paint on watercolour paper


I managed to escape into the studio for a whole day today! Spent my time in there surrounded by electric heaters, hunched over my awesome new drawing table working on the above drawing. The background is the fruits of my experimenting with bubbles yesterday, I wanted a background that looked like neon lights, so after my attempt with watercolours when horribly awry I took the "art attack" approach and used paint and bubble solution to blow bubbles to print onto watercolour paper. I'm now in the process of drawing in the girl from an earlier sketch wearing rabbit/bunny ears, hoping I can get some more time in the studio tomorrow after work...


Monday, 14 February 2011

C'est La Vie....

So lately I've been feeling increasingly frustrated that I'm having less time to sit and draw :(
I've also managed to miss a few exhibition submission deadlines which pissed me off... I've been pretty swamped with work [dayjob work/and gallery stuff not the enjoyable drawing one] I've also had a private commission to finish off, accounts to sort out, emails to deal with, blah blah, you get the picture! c'est la vie I suppose... I guess its my own fault really I have that annoying habit of not been able to say 'no' when someone asks me to do something so I can easily get sidetracked....
However on the plus side I have managed to acquire a massive tilting drawing table [big thanks to Clarrie and to Kurt] I finally got back into the very musky and slightly damp studio over the weekend to give it a tidy up and clear out, after been abandoned for the winter it was need of a spring clean. Set the table up ready, and today I got in there to paint!! :)
Attempt number one went very wrong, I was experimenting with watercolours and the mixture of my excitement and heavyhandiness meant it quickly went tits up :( so that was promptly scrapped in a temper, but out of the ashes of that mistake came some fun with bubbles!
I don't want to say too much in case this goes the way of the watercolours... I'll post some photos hopefully in the next few days, my plan for tomorrow is to lock myself in the studio drawing and developing the idea, so fingers crossed.....

Monday, 7 February 2011

A Book About Death - Memento


Here's my entry for the 'Book About Death - Memento' exhibition which will be held at the Willo North Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in May 2011, more information about the exhibition and my piece can be found at:

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Work in Progress...


I've finally had time to sit down and get some sketching done :) It's in a similar vein to the drunk people sketches, but focusing more on the notion of escapism than drunkenness... I'm hoping to develop this image/idea further in the next few days, adding in backgrounds, tweaking the colours etc....