Painting plainly

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This was a stripped down painting using non diluted acrylic on paper. The simplification of lines and shading, along with the colour choices are intended to give impact without sacrificing realism. Also to tell a story as the subject emerges.

Lets get biblical

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I had a hybrid biblical and athletic theme in mind for this shoot for some reason, but the main purpose was to gain a better understanding of the male body, how it moved and how it differed from the female body. To help exaggerate shapes I worked with a higher contrast than I usually would have.

Andy Who?

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Taken inspiration from Andy Warhol for this piece, originally only intended to see which colour pallet looked best when editing a painting, but I quite like the outcome!

Christmas baubles in April

It may only be April but it is definitely never too early to start thinking about Christmas presents, especially if like me, you like to hand make them for everyone, and have got yourself a bit of a reputation! These Christmas baubles are my new favourite gifts to make as everyone loved them so much last year!

Portrait in Progress

Heres a portrait in progress. A2 on card using non watered down acrylic paints.

I’m trying to recreate an almost renaissance like portrait but that means a lot of time an effort, I feel like i’ve barely begun this portrait! I use non watered down acrylic for this type of work as I feel I have the most control this way. I am very much dreading taking on the hair and eyebrow detail at this point!

Impromptu photoshoot

Every so often i’ll pester my friends to let me photograph them, so that I have references to draw from or images to use when i’m practicing using editing software. Thank god my friends are so photogenic! Makes my life a hell of a lot easier!

Quick graphite sketch

I’m not usually one for quick sketches… I’m more of a take 18 hours per drawing kinda girl, but I quite like this! Really captured his expression when he realised I was slyly photographing everyone!

Themed life drawing sketches

Some quick 15 minute sketches of our life drawing model!

The first theme was lines, with our model instructed to look somber, so I tried to recreate his face using charcoal with as little smudging as possible, using layering and direction to try and create depth and shape. I think the harshness of this technique lends itself to enhancing and exaggerating features and expressions.

The second theme was vibrancy, with our model instructed to look content, so I picked what I judged to be the four most vibrant shades in my oil pastel kit (a pink, a red, a purple and a yellow), and placed and blended them to create light and shadow. Im a fan of the clashing colours and think the sunset tones enhance the overall feeling of content.