So it’s really quite strange learning ‘proper’ painting. I see what I’ve done and have no sense that it comes from my own hand. None at all. However, it does seem to me that I’m making progress in learning to paint like ‘everyone else’. This is a second draft. Once I’ve mastered these techniques, which may take a while because it’s very difficult, I will have earned the right to decide if I want to paint like that. Posted from the sitting room at Soho House, London (with a large cappuccino).
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I’m going to let this portrait rest for a few days. Sometimes you can’t see the woods for the trees. Here’s a close-up of the most recent draft
[Actor playing Hermione, rehearsing Winter's Tale]. Painted on my computer based on a preliminary sketch I did in rehearsals, and referring to photos takes at the same time. The company are now on tour.
A fairly dull digital portrait.
This is the second half of my portrait of David Rose: I did four sittings at his house. This is a pencil sketch which I photographed. I then fed the photo into my computer and painted over it using Pixelmator software. Together with the digitally altered photograph which I’ve posted below, it makes up a digital diptych.
It was a glorious day today – a magical blast of Indian Summer and quite hot. I could barely stop myself rushing outside to bask in the light when I should have been at work.
Here is version Three of my portrait of the scientist Charles Darwin- a bit more detail everywhere, and a larger hat…It’s a strange thing to admit, but I am absolutely in love with it. Painted on my Wacom Bamboo Tablet today.
I was planning on using charcoal to draw the model, Ian, at this morning’s life drawing club. But when it came down to it the charcoal looked so bleak and black so I used some colour oil pastels on top, and then things started to became really interesting so I carried on. I’m quite pleased with it – it’s just about accurate enough to be able to stop worrying about accuracy and focus on the other stuff that I cannot describe.