Bowie

As part of my decorating in my current unemployment, I wanted to include some artwork in the downstairs toilet – just something nice for people to look at while they dry their hands🙂

I am a massive David Bowie fan and when I remembered this quote, I decided it would be perfect. I wanted to make it as interesting as possible, so used multiple typography types, with some acrylic and watercolour droplets.

Bowie, watercolour, acrylic and artists pen on acrylic paper

Bowie

 

Hello, old friend

Life over the past month has, well, sucked. I lost my job three weeks and have been trying to come to terms with being jobless, spending all day everyday on my own, and trying to figure out how the hell I’m supposed to pay for all my bills with nothing.

Trying to seek some positivity from the negativity, I have thrown myself into my artwork, with a number of different projects on the go. I currently have three commissions on my books, having just finished one on Monday, which will in no way set my account alight, but will help pay for some of my bills and give me something to focus on.

20160831114208281I’m juggling a number of different pieces, working on some illustrations and paintings for my own portfolio, whilst working on the commission as well. I want to become a better draughtsman, and really excel with my drawing. I can draw, I know that, but there are a number of different topics that I’ve never been able to draw and so have always avoided them. Not anymore! I am trawling through my magazine references – many of which are of bodies and faces which I’ve always struggled with but want to get better at – even if they’re drawn in my own way which might not exactly be National Portrait material.

So expect to see a lot more posts in the midst of my job search. I have a plan for October which I hope will work out for me career wise, which I will need a good portfolio for, but I shall keep all details of that under my hat, just incase it doesn’t work out. I don’t really want another failure to blog about!

Market Square

Market Square – Poland, acrylic and artist pen on canvas, 90cm x 30cm, SOLD

Market

Excuse the image of my oven in the background – the kitchen was the only place bright and big enough to get a good picture of this! Finally finished this last night and I’m really happy with the final piece – hopefully more request will follow for similar commissions🙂

Poland town – WIP (still!)

My plan was to have this finished by the end of the weekend but here I am at 11.30pm on Sunday night and yep…still some houses to go! The reason is pure laziness, nothing else, and I’m still really not sure about how it looks overall with the style I’ve gone for and I’m worried it still looks juvenile.


I am, however, LOVING the overlapping of colours and fixing everything with black pen. I feel like black ink or paint can fix anything!

I WILL have this done by Wednesday morning if for no other reason than the canvas is taking up a lot of space, and I have other commissions which are sorely late!

Poland Town – WIP

I’ve been rather quiet of late, trying to sort some things out in my personal life. I was also really scared to make a proper start on this current commission as I had no idea how to make what was in my head appear on the canvas!

IMG_20160710_234113This is the piece in it’s current state. It is still not 100% how I wanted it to look, but I’m happy with the progress. I’ve gone for a layered paint look, using thin layers so the watercolour affect on the background is still visible. I’m then using sketchy outlines on all details for a loose but expressive look.

It’s oddly not taking me that long to complete this, so I’ll be aiming to have this complete by the weekend. Looking forward to seeing it complete and moving onto my next project!

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