If you didn't know, I have joined twitter... properly.. I've had the account for quite awhile, but never used it because it really confuses me. I still don't quite get it... But it introduced me to IAMTHELAB, which is an awesome site for everything handmade. I thought they might be interested in some of my stuff, so sent them a link.. and 3 days later a proper feature:
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I am quite happy that they choose to focus the feature on my Russian Owls, instead of a mix of everything from my phone cases to illustrations.
I have been trying to remember to do a throwback post of facebook of an old painting or something. I went super far back today and had a browse through my work from university. And this old favorite caught my eye.
This is 'The Kiss' and is my very 1st painting of my 1st year of University. I was 18 and had just come back from backpacking around Europe, seeing loads of amazing graffiti characters in barcelona and loved a particular painting on the berlin wall and wanted to put it all together, and by that I mean slightly alude to it in a very vague way without being obvious about anything. Here's a little secrete, there is a red skinned jesus on a cross painted between the 3 characters in the underpainting. Is that weird?
As you know, I keep my files super organised so going back through old folders of artwork it's sort of weird that 3 years of university produced maybe 6 or 8 pieces at the most that I am still a bit proud of. Whereas the last 6 years of my art making adventures have produced 2.5gb of images of my artwork, which I am mostly proud of (there are some onions in there). Maybe 6 years from now in hindsight I will hate everything. I hope so, that will mean I will be doing new and (hopefully) better things. Right?!
A few months later I sketched out a little character and this weekend decided to paint it.
My sketches are usually pretty vague. I have this idea in my head that I don't want to waste my creativity on a sketch, like it can run out or something. I make notes and decide the color palette... Then begin.
One important lesson I have recently learned:
On previous paintings I have spent ages drawing out the details of the face on the paper, only to paint a base coat over everything, loosing my ideas. New technique: I get the basic shapes down, then draw the rest of details on tracing paper so that after the paint is down I still have an exact reference of what was where, and if necessary can use graphite transfer paper to put everything back in place.