Sunday, 28 November 2010

[D] PotD 5

28th Nov

I think today's was the toughest yet, perhaps because I tried to use natural light. It gets darker so quickly these days, and I couldn't bare to just leave the painting at a state where it looked so unfinished. So, as well as some careful observation, some memory had to come into play. [Guilty!]
The shadow-side of the banana was so difficult to colour-pick for! You really have to trust your eyes. It can be tough creating the tonal difference in those areas that previously would have been considered 'subtle' - when you observe closely, the 'yellow' tone changes so frequently, and with it, the texture.

It's great to feel like I'm learning from these.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

[D] PotD 4

27th Nov

This one became tough, and I feel it needs a much better consideration of values and edges. Looking at it, I feel that some of the brush strokes were off-mark and it looks underdeveloped, and lacking in the real 'Wow! Detail'. I think I was aiming for a rough time limit to prevent me from going too far where I shouldn't have been focussing... and also to allow me to get on with everything else I want to do!

However, I shouldn't be allowing mistakes to remain if I can identify them. It's more important that I persist in fixing what is wrong, rather than diverting myself away or thinking it's just 'ok'!

[Digital] PotD 3

26th Nov

Some colour! Finally branching into some digital painting... I attempted to paint this with just a 'look at it and paint what you see' mentality, and found half way through that a carefully thought out 'process' would have really helped. Colour picking was pretty challenging, but that's why these studies are so valuable. I should probably make some swatches in future, as those vibrant, perhaps neon greens and yellows really don't have a place here.

My good friend Erik [] reminded me half way through of a process I had intended to study before, that looks like it could really help me in the future. Kudos :]

Thursday, 25 November 2010

[Acrylic] Paintings of the Day - 1 + 2

24th Nov + 25th Nov

I started the last couple of days with still life morning studies with black and white acrylic paint. I truly need painting practice. I'm still a beginner, and it's been too long since I last painted. I'm excited to get back into it - it's great fun to have a brush in my hand.

Coming away from the portraits and trying these felt new and refreshing. I love the multidisciplinary approach to the arts - I'm bringing new knowledge to my painting, and already learning things (among committing fields of errors and fudging around with brushes!) It is true - 'good drawing' is the basis of all things. I feel that some, if not all of the worth of these experiments is in the drawing behind them - getting that right first, trying to understand values and proportion, is crucial.

Hope to deliver more soon!
(Excuse a morbid-looking start :])

Monday, 22 November 2010

Happy Birthday My Face...

...I wished for better drawing skills.
A year of self-portraits from live reflections.
They are all uploaded over 3 pages to view here -

365 days of hair growth, different mediums, themes, good times, bad bad times, and a lot of learning. My desire and inspiration has been to improve, and has come from all sorts of sources and my friends and family who have encouraged me onwards.

It has indeed been a year of reflections, and I think I leave this exercise for now with an excitement to try other things. I do not stop doing these self portraits to stagnate, but to try and improve dramatically at more diverse themes. I need to pursue an unquantifiable list of art mediums, topics, work, studies... and I'm eager!

The drawing is about 'doing it'... and keeping on doing it... to keep enjoying it, keep challenging yourself, be realistic and aim for the best. And I've got to do more! Hopefully I'll return to self portraits now and again to test myself. I definately think my imagination needs a test and some room to breathe!

Kind regards all, watch [me fill] this space...

Saturday, 20 November 2010

First Term Update

Dia duit all!

I thought I would make a little update here with more recent works, to give an idea of what I'm up to in the first term of my Second Year. I'm still keeping my threads linked on the right updated too.

Life drawing, observational work and a couple of artist studies.

Kind regards folks,

Friday, 19 November 2010

Exchange Elation and Portfolio

Big news!

Earlier this term I applied for an Erasmus study exchange at the Parisian art school ESAG Penninghen, for January - March 2011. This past week I was informed that my application was successful and I rapidly accepted the offer. I am so excited about being in Paris, improving my drawing and painting, and taking advantage of everything the city has to offer (students)! Galleries, museums, life drawing, Parisian sketching, coffee, bread... s'all good. Now to look toward living arrangements and everything related...

My portfolio application consisted of a few animations and plenty of individual images. I decided to compile the pictures into a few multi-image panels, to give an idea and record of how my portfolio stood when I applied.

Bons moments!