Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Here is a drawing which was done at my leisure. The top photo is the original image, whilst the one below is the same image which has been edited in photoshop. The drawing was initally drawn in fineliner and water colour was added to further darken the mood. To finalise the image, I made a few changes to the tone in photoshop and added a filter, known as the "Fresco" effect. This enhances the detail and sharpens the dark lines of the main owl figure and even makes the image more striking aesthetically.
As for the subject matter, I had incorporated one of my owl creatures with a human character, which I do not commonly do in my works. When I do use this idea, I tend to make the bird creature smaller than the human. Since I hadn't really used this concept often in my works, I decided to draw the reverse (by making the human smaller and less-significant than the owl). This in turn has made a slightly more thought-provoking image, which is something that I am rather satisfied with.
Another one of my silhouetted paintings from my main body of work. In this particular piece, I was incorporating a similar composition like my isolation diptych. The horizon line however is more diagonal, whilst the shaft of light in turn also guides the viewer's eye towards the main figure.
The figure is slouched, whilst the hair is over the face which evokes a despairing mood. The gnarled trees too, are hunched downwards to further add to the desolate atmosphere.
Friday, 26 October 2012
Here is a recent print which has been created with a litho plate. I had never done lithography before so it was quite an experience to try. The image was first sketched onto a lithographic plate with crayons, which was then wiped back with turpentine, powder and acid gum in what seemed like a repetitive process. Then, the plate was inked with litho block ink (much like a lino cut) and was printed.
Yet despite how tedious the process was in the creation of the print, the end result was worthwhile. This technique is particularly effective in displaying my drawing technique, from the dark, sketchy lines which in turn emphasise the dramatic mood of the work.
Above are some photographs taken of my work from our recent Second year graduation show "Surface". I had displayed a combination of my paintings as well as print making work, in particular my artist books (the forest books with the blue paintings and the owl and spider book with the red paintings). This exhibition had taken quite a lot of work and preparation, with some mishaps along the way, however the end result was very satisfying. Installation had taken place the day before the opening night, which was on the 11th of October and there was effective co-operation for the presentation. The minimal layout particularly accentuated the quality of every student's work, giving each exhibit the credit that they deserved.
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Another diptych from my painting series, still attributing a similar gradual colour scheme with the use of stencils for the foreground. This work concerns a story of a spider who climbs down a bridge, completely oblivious of where the end of the bridge would take it. It is only until the second part of the diptych that the fog clears and he suddenly realises that the bridge is broken but is too late to stop himself. The helpless spider is depicted with his limbs flailing as he falls to his initially unsuspecting doom. I especially used the colour red as a device to capture the drama and suspense within the content of the work. The silhouetted forms additionally accentuate the geometric form of the spider and environment which in turn gives the work a spooky feel, while the character too is also experiencing fear.
Above is just one of my paintings from my silhouetted series. Like all my other paintings, I have used stenciling and acrylic paint. There is a predominately bold colour scheme throughout the background, although I have used a subtle gradation of dark to light tones.
This particular work is from a diptych which focusses on this particular character within a desolate, isolated landscape. The young woman is placed in the foreground of the composition which especially draws the viewer's attention towards her lonely, melancholic body language and downcast features. Despite this work being rather simplistic in aesthetic terms, the wide expanse of space in this work provides more room for interpretation.
Saturday, 11 August 2012
In print making we are focussing on creating artist books. As a starting point, I have decided to make an owl book, expanding the motif I commonly use in my precious works and then continue to introduce my other personal characters. Here is just a cardboard drypoint print which works rather similary to that of an etching. Because my artist book will be of a considerably smaller scale, this print will not be featured in it.
I have focussed more on achieving fine lines and detail so that I can make the owl all the more convincing, whilst still maintaining its decorative appearance.
Friday, 27 July 2012
As initially proposed for my personal project in painting, I have been exploring with silhouetted landscapes. However, rather just portraying the background as a silhouette, I started experimenting with making the whole composition as a simplified collection of silhouettes, much like the cut-outs of contemporary artists Sally Smart and Kara Walker. In the works above, I followed two different ideas: To either allow the over coat of paint to overlap with the previously stenciled figure (which at first was unintentional, yet it does create a mysterious, misty effect), or to keep the edges clear and sharp to further dramatise the scene. Both ways still emphasise the suspenseful, unnerving mood, which such ambiguous figures create whilst cast in shadow.
If you are familiar with my other works, or this blog, you may recognise the snake chracter with his top hat and the fear owls in the tree, despite their appearances being more simplified and obscured as silhouettes.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Here are some additional prints I have done in accordance to my personal theme. However, these are not a part of the collection of etchings I have done previously for my personal project. Instead, I created these to explore with a technique I have not had much experience with; Lino cut.
I have experimented with a tradional black and white lino cut print, along with a colour-reduction lino print.
This character is also an inspiration from the French surrealist, Odilon Redon. His creation of "The Smiling Spider" (see below) had given me an idea towards a spider character of my own, which in turn goes hand-in-hand with my haunted theme. I am definitely aiming to use this spider creature in my future works.
Monday, 21 May 2012
Here are a couple of paintings I have been doing as a part of my personal project for class. These were both done with acrylic and contain the same theme of fear which I have been exploring. My characters are included in these works, alongside some silhouetted landscapes for the background, which have been based from photographic source material. I hope to continue with this theme and style for the rest of the year, whilst also exploring with bold shapes from using stencils.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Here are a couple of pen drawings I have done in my spare time. The first, the typical owl character which is often present throughout my drawings (in a cloak). I have used an ordinary ball point pen for this drawing . The second is a new character, which I have scarcely used in my works. I have predominately used fineliner for this drawing, mainly to enhance the dark, bold outlines.
This new character is a cockerel, who represents overwhelming vanity and pride. His character (as well as appearance) contrasts greatly with the humble fear owl. I hope to feature him in future works.
Here are a couple of works which both contain a text-like scrawl, similar to that of Cy Twombly. This was for an assignment which involved incorporating text into a painting.
I used a grattage (wipe back) technique for both works; One with a black under painting in acrylic, the other with a multicoloured under painting. These works were then painted over with a coat of oil paint. Whilst the oil paint was still wet, I used a painting knife to scratch into the paint, which reveals the colours of the under painting.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
As a part of the brief for the Promote The Business class, the Second year students were all required to create a conceptual work from the theme of hidden or personal thoughts. These works were then exhibited to a show (also hosted by us Second years) entitled "Hidden Thoughts". This show was held in the NMIT A Space in the Preston campus.
The work I created, entitled "The Domination Of Imagination" expresses the concept of how one's imagination or fantasy world can interfer with reality. The tentacles are depicted as breaking from an object representing fantasy (the painting) as a solid form, in the real world for all to see. For the construction process, I used wire, acrylic paint and paper mache.
Some landscapes taken in my spare time mainly exhibiting the silhouettes and haunted scenery which best appeals to me. Apologises for the poor resolution. These were taken at the spur of the moment when I didn't have access to a good camera to capture these ominous skies.
Here are a couple of landscape paintings which I have done, based on some photographs from the Abbotsford Convent excursion. As you can tell, the weather wasn't exactly ideal for painting...But fortunately these grey skies and bold silhouettes go very well with my dark style.
Saturday, 24 March 2012
A couple of days ago, the sky had shown some astonishing colours of deep red, orange hues and yellow tints. It was also before seven in the morning, so it was a very rare and remarkable image to come across. This definitely was not an image to miss capturing.
Friday, 23 March 2012
Above are some prints done in relation to my personal project. I used a triptych layout showing my raven character in different angles. I also experimented on using a painterly technique for applying colour to my etchings, a colour roll technique and even some chinese calender paper to emphasise the forms of my characters.
Friday, 2 March 2012
For an appropriation task, we were required to paint a replication of an artist's painting (see top left for original and right for appropriation). I had chosen "Moonlight" by one of my most favourite artists, Edvard Munch.
Then, we had to paint the same composition in our chosen artist's style but with our own self-portrait in place. Further on in this task, we'll need to continue painting images which reflect the same style but progressively becomes more original.
Friday, 27 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
A drawing done with a combination of fineliner and water colour. The fineliner was mainly used for the details and outline, whilst the gradual blend of the water colour allowed me to capture the bizzare nature of the evening sky (which I got inspired by during an evening drive). The bleeding effect for the posts and the light from the street lamps also add to the mysterious, alienated mood of the work.
Just a drawing I originally did in greylead which I scanned and coloured on photoshop. I explored using certain effects like dark strokes and the poster effect.