Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Own Summer Work...

So over the last couple of months I've had a few idea's kickin around in my head, and really needed to do something about them, so I painted a few pieces, that kind of all carry a similar concept...
With this particular series of work, I've grown quite fond of the style I've developed using a background, and carefully selecting and colour that will portray the image successfully, as well as marking out the area where the facial features will come, and just experimenting with paint overlaying....I found the colour white to work really well in most cases to allow me to draw on 'Acrylic' painted backgrounds, and then draw the images with 'Biro', as well as integrating other 'Acrylic' colours into the Portrait. I've pretty much been doing these pictures since the end of my FMP, in a way, i guess it was a good way to break away from 'Style Creep'.

I feel I've been heavily inspired by a few artists in their own individual ways, such as Alex Pardee, Russ Mills, and Dan Mumford, and even H.R Giger in some ways....

'Mark Todd'




















Just a Happy B-day Present for one of my best mates, doing our famous 'Gun' pose lol....

'Intoxication'













I wanted to use a beautiful image, and make it dark and sinister, but at the same time still contain some element of beauty, as though the two would contrast against one another. At the time, a randomly thought of a gas mask, but wanted to somehow integrate it with the face, and the lips came to mind, as it seems to be the most sexual part of the face, as well as one of the main focal points.
This particular piece I felt was heavily inspired by H.R Giger, at the moment I feel quite compelled by the whole industrial scene...


'Piece. By. Piece










I wanted to portray in this image, the sense of coming undone, to jus completely let go of yourself, wether it be your feelings, your identity, perhaps something precious, just anything important to the individual at the time, hence the Jigsaw pieces, the zips, the Keyhole in particular, as though it is an 'Unlocking of the Soul' if you will...


Death In Decadence
(Source Image: Taken by Sheree Fadil 'Thank you :] )














I first saw this image fro my friends photo shoot on facebook, and reminded me of my earlier piece, so I asked her if it was ok to use, and she agreed, so I went on from there..

I wanted to use more unnatural colours in this piece, to emphasis the nature, and the blue image, as well as the orange liquid/cracks of the person really works well against the purple/red/blue background...
I basically, in a nutshell, wanted to portray how the erosion of morals will eventually lead to the end result of death, the erosion contrasting the cracks in the figure, and the crows representing death, the carrier of souls...and the mask, to represent the protection from death and despair..

I think the thought possibly came from 'Dorian Gray' and the title it self, seems to strengthen that concept alot.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Dorian Gray (New Version)

So I watched the new interpretation of Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' (just known as Dorian Gray now) a few weeks back randomly actually, not knowing what it was entirely about, although I did recognise his name from 'The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman'...

Directed by Oliver Parker, and Starring Ben Barnes, and Colin Firth, I felt personally this was a really great film, previous to reading some criticism in an 'Empire' Review,
perhaps this was due to not reading the original piece of work, or the original film...

After his Grand-Father dying, Dorian inherits his house and moves to London, after living in the country he has a great sense of right and wrong, as is quite respectful, and reclusive, but some what naive and easily led, and after meeting with the locals and his Grand-Fathers acquaintances, he soon makes his place in the social environment.

I loved the relationship between Henry (Colin Firth) and Dorian (Ben Barnes) and how Henry slowly eroded Dorian's innocence, as well as his moral, creating him into his own ideals, and even surpassing them to the point where he changed beyond reason.

Without giving to much away, Oscar Wilde basically plays around with the notion that a portrait can capture the essence of one soul at a point in time, and exaggerating it dramatically, but to the point where we can have a glimpse of 'immortality' and judge the outcome of it. as well as human nature, and what it is to grow.

Whether it be Oscar Wilde's concept of Dorian, or Oliver Parker's interpretation, the character was executed amazingly well, and in all honesty, It was one of the best films I've seen in a while, both visually, as well as the in-depth to the story-line, and I'm looking forward to watching 'Albert Lewin's' deliverance of this great piece of work, and comparing the two

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Idea's!

Ok, so after the brainstorm, a few elemens and concepts kinda stuck out to me, so im jus gunna go ahead and jot the down:

1. I really like the idea of masks, and holding a facade against somthing, and as of late, i've kinda too an intrest in gas masks, dont ask why, there's just somthing, quite chilling about them, the fact you can't see the persons face, or perhaps the history the bring with them, but they serve a purpose to protect, also acting as a tool to hide an identity...which is quite an intresting concept to me to blend the two...so the whole idea of using a mask to hide, or protect is somthing i may explore...

Current Idea: Mix gas mask with face, i.e, intergrate parts of it to into the face, hiding elements that were 'programmed' to invision on a face...

2. The word chimera interested me quite alot, the blend of things, that is neither one, nor the other, as if us as indivuals are jus a blend of the elements we are surrounded in, media, government, family, freinds, music, just general everyday influences that we lose ourselves in...supporting this idea, the artist 'Daniel Lee' really kick started this concept for me..

Current Idea: To combine and image of myself, along with a visual representation of my personality in a Chimera state

3. This idea is alot more photography based...I was quite taken in by some of the photo's in the lectures, some of them taking the traditional photobooth picture, which acts as an individual proof of identity, and manipulating the concept of that 'trust'...

*Current Idea: Photo-manipulation of photobooth i'd (lack of face, facial features, i.e, blurring of the face, shaking of head....topped off wih a 'Copyright' symbol on top of it...

4. All this talk about 'Contructing an Identity' of yourself, made me think, what I took this to a literal level, and made it seem as if actauly 'contructing, building' my own portrait, as if it was being moulded or built to how i wanted it to be, or prefered....

Current Idea: To use photo-manipulation/painting to give the impression as if my portrait is being 'constructed' highly influencial of industrial images...

5. Again, playing on the concept of being 'programmed by the media to choose what we like, how we dress, how we behave..perhaps takin this to a 'literal' level would be an interesting portrayl..

Current Idea: To portray myself as a 'machine', doing as the media and people of power suggest, or perhaps breaking away from that


Anyway, these are just some little concepts I had running through my head after the

Brainstorming!

Ok....so i really feel i need to get these down before i start backtracking, and forgetting them lol, but after the lectures, I had a few idea's kicking around in my head already, so here's just a few....kinda like a brainstorming session:

Visual portrayls of feelings into a portrait?

Portraiture; tells a story? direction of face(side-introvert, front, confrontational-extrovert)layouts, colour(tonal reprentations, i.e blue-cold, sad, red-warm, happy)backgrounds(what could they represent)some sort of journey? Narrative, objects(representation), Identity? *Acrimboldo*.....

Symbolism; disfiguration(inner-loathsome, self hate, exageration, suffereing)*Egon Shciele*
Escapism; to escape from oneself,(life), to build a facade, to mask, a protection...

These are jus some concepts I've been thinking bout from the lectures so far....still very open to the unit, there's so many paths I can choose from...

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The Story So Far....2

Following along the same lines as my last post, there were a few more artists that I felt gave more of an edge to the different aspects of portraiture, and challenge that tradions


Frida Khalo:

Now im not really a big fan of Frida Khalo, but there was somthing about this particular piece that really stood out to me...























When I first saw this image in the Lecture, it instantly showed promise, to me it felt remiscent to industrial/surrealism, which is already a good start to any artist in my book, as there seems to be a deeper message behing the peice, as well as some discomfort with the artists symoblisms of herself, such as the broken coloumn, which suggest's perhaps injuries suffered, in metaphorically speaking, the weakness in herself...and the pins and bandages being the only things keeping her 'together', alongside the background, representing a barren wasteland, representing the state of mind she may be in at this current time...

I find it intresting how simple, but effect Khalo's use of messaging is in her work


John Stezaker:

Already aware of some of Stezakers work, when he propped up in the lecture, I was surprised when I found that his image was completly different from what i'd seen previously last year, but still carried simmliar traits to his past work.





The work I've known him for prior to the 2nd Lecture, was similar to the picture on the right, which consisted mostly of overlapping of two pictures, consistently portraits an lanscapes, but also two people, and arranging the layout in such a way, that would still produce an image of a face, that being either the outline, or perhaps facial features...

I always felt with Stezaker's work, the there as air of somthing quite chilling, wether it was some of the cold tones he used, or the lack of facial features in his work, that challanges what we would normally consider an ordinary face, and slightly twist it.

I really find the effect he produces, really intriguing....

The Story So Far.....

After the last few talks on our new brief....(Unit 1: Anatomy) I've got a few idea's swimming around in my head....with help from the discussions from the Seminar today, it seems to me that this particular area has so much to work with, it's actually overwhelming just how broad it really is...It's like every idea you have has a double edge to, which in a way gives more depth to it, but if your trying to accomplish a particular and definite concept, kinda doesnt help lol

There are however, a few themes that have stuck out to me above the rest, as well as artists who have seemed support them:


Gerald Ritcher's 'Betty'

This particular image really causes an uneasiness with me, i constantly feel like I want to see her face, know her story, and yet, that well never happen, and it's interesti
ng how the lack of a face or even the direction of one can cause certain atmosphere's in a piece, for example, the side of a face can show perhaps an introvert personality of the character, where as a portrait face on could suggest confrontation, as thought the model is 'peering into your soul'..





























Egon Schiele:

Schiele really never left anything unsaid when it came to his work, unlike most portraiture works, he portrayed himself mainly as this grotesque, disfigured being that really showed his vision of himself, as far as perhaps self-loathing, his work challenges that of similar 'traditional' concepts of
portraiture. It's interesting in a sense, because most work of this nature shows us what the artist, or perhaps even the model wants us to portray them like, making changes to their original self, and this case is no different, as there are exaggerations in his pieces, but it's unusual for the work to actually portray the artists inner emotions, trailing
away from the ideologies of 'Beauty' and 'Strength'

Monday, 21 September 2009

Foundation BTEC Final Major Project: Alpha/Omega



Just to give you a lil idea bout how I work, here's my FMP from last year Foundation...The specialism I chose was Fine Art...Simply becuase i just love to experiment...

The idea for this particular piece was to Illustrate a narrative, but iI wanted try a different approach, by producing it in mixed media, as wll as both 2D and 3D

I love the concept of begining a story...or a journey...and the end of it being somewhat simmilar to the start.....and i really wanted to portray it in this piece...So basicaly, i took this concept, and used myself as the subject, for a pesonal response....and chose 'Love' as the journey.


With this in mind....i wanted to portray the daker side of ov....as it always seems to be preached as a marvellous emotion....which s true...but wat happens wen it stops..ends abruptly? So to contrast the 'Alpha' of love...the begining, when you feel like you hve eveything....and the 'omega'...the end...i decide to use 2 versions of myself to really portray just how different the outcome is fro the start...

Using a Narrative, I took some lyrics from a song that really stood out at me at the time, from 'The Script' called 'The End Where I Begin' which was quite fitting...and took out the passage 'Somimes tears say all there is to say, somtimes your first scars wont ever fade away', which I felt really portrayed the meaning i wanted to get across in the illustration.

I felt that characterising both 'Alpha' and 'Omega' would be the most effective way to contrast the two...and I needed to make a distinct difference with between them both to do so

The whole peice in itsef is full of small subtle messages that are open to suggestion, but have there own meanings, such as the background itself being placed in a desert type wasteland, suggesting that of the state of mind, the cityscape in the backround representing the distancing over the self from others whilst in pain..., the cliffs to support strength and distance, and the steps mergng from them to show decension, the sunset supporting the beauty of love...and how it will come to an end..as well as the characters itself, and their layout:

Alpha; placed above Omega, showing how he is superior, the colour pallete using very light tones, the huge white wing, showing how heavenly love feels...and all-together a very light hearted...
Omega; low down, crouching as if weakend some sort of injury, the colour of the body and hair using very cold tones, as well as grosteque shading...the gaping rip in the skin showing the heart
portraying vunerablity, the keyhole, suggesting the locking away of ones heart from any more pain...and finally the burnt out, black wing...as though fallen from the once heavenly emotion...

Materials:

MDF: 2440x1220x9mm
2D: Vinyl Matt (Base) Acrylic, Watercolour, Pencil, Pen, Ink, Bleach, Spray Paint
3D: P.V.A, Plaster, Wire, Wax Duck Feathers


I wanted to explain this peice to give a good idea about me and my work, and how I pour myself into each peice, because it really does sum up what im about, I really dislike working without there being some sort of message, or meaning behind it, or working towards one at least...

Soooo......

So this is my 1st post....kinda new to this whole thing, so didn't want start making typing stuff down when had no clue what i was doing....but i think I'm onto he right track now...so i decided to crack on!!
Just a bit bout myself and what I'm doing at the moment...
Just started a new course at UCA known as CG Arts and Animation, something I've been waiting to do a long time....since a small child actually...first falling in love with the art world when i was handed a computer game for the PlayStation *Retro*...called Final Fantasy VII...and since all this time...still influences me to this day...
From this point on, I kinda decided that this was where I wanted to be...with a dead set goal, never wavering...until i took foundation were i was influenced by so many different media's, and artist (new and old) and outlets of art, such as sculpting, painting (...which i never really ventured out into, due to not being taught how to first, but also never leaving my comfort zone or Pen/Pencil at school....) that it made me think, wow, i wanna try my hand at so much more...which actually helped me grow as an artist, and after coming away from that year, i still wanted more, and decided to carry on with my own work from then, and was once of the best experiences I've had....and I thank for that, because it really made me redefine my goals and aspects as an artist.
So I start this new year with a lot of passion for art, and really want to bring that into a new light....combining it with the goal set myself at such a young age....and learn as much as I can, and be the best i can be...