I've painted more portraits of Marilyn Monroe over the last few years than any other subject...but why? What makes her so attractive? Having studied her face for a while, here are my thoughts in my 5 steps... 1- Lighten the load Norma Jean baker had brown hair, when she became Marilyn Monroe she decided to go peroxide blond, it made a huge difference.. Lighter hair produces a sharp contrast with the colourful facial make up, the darker the hair the less focus there is on the
Last Sunday was a great day. The spring sun was shining and we had an art show! We had an afternoon event and I was invited to give a talk to some ex-students of the famous St Martin's college in London. They were all very welcoming but I explained that because I had no formal training there really wasn't a lot I could teach them in the way of technique. There was a little advice I could give them. I told them to create what they want to see. In China art students learn by in
Two reasons. One vital element of why people create something is because it's not there. It's a beautiful thing to produce something that's never been done before. When George Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest his answer was clear and concise 'Because it's there.' Artists create things because 'it's not there.' The other reason is because I was reading about Dutch hyper realist artist Tjalf Spaarnay who spends months painting photographic oil paintings of
Every year I try and produce a portrait of my dad as a tribute. last year was a sketch and my mum said it looked too serious...so this year I was looking for something that showed more of the lighter side of his character. I used a couple of photos of him to assimilate into a more genial impression:
So I've been promising my girlfriend a portrait for a while now, problem was I didn't know how to paint her. She's an amazing person, very comfortable in her femininity but I wanted to get beyond that. I wanted to paint her vulnrebility (yeah Gav, great idea for a Valentines gift!). I believe the art to a great portrait is showing a raw emotion. Most photographs and selfies have fake smiles or redundant pouty sexuality so I waited my time. I wanted to stage a photoshoot to ge
If you want to give a portrait a more 'alive' feeling try this simple technique... Varnishing is a technique that Reinbradt used to amazing effect, giving many of his paintings a glossy and vibrant feel. You can use clear varnish on acrylic to make eyes more realistic...
I was reading about America people have killed more of it's own citizens since 1968 than the amount of killed soldiers in all of their wars and I came to realise that the American Civil War never ended! Here's the data: Number of Americans Killed on battlefields in all wars in history: 1,396,733 Killed by firearms in the US since 1968: 1,516,863 (NYT) The US has the highest murder rate and incarcerates more of it's citizens than any other developed country. The flag of the US