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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Sky arts portrait artist of the year.

I really should have entered last year, and thoroughly enjoyed the season on TV. So I took the plunge and did a self portrait, which is the requirement for entry into the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year. The form has been filled in. They have all my information and that all important self portrait. Now I will have a short time to wait before knowing if my painting will make it to the finals. If that happens, I will be invited to Dublin to take part in the televised portrait challenge. At least I can say that I tried. It is a long shot, but I enjoyed the experience. Anything else will be a bonus. Here is the acrylic paint self portrait. 24" X 18"

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Life of Brian: Samuel L Jackson

Life of Brian: Samuel L Jackson: I always begin new projects with the most difficult of subjects.  Portraiture must be the hardest discipline to get right in digital art.  I...

Samuel L Jackson

I always begin new projects with the most difficult of subjects.  Portraiture must be the hardest discipline to get right in digital art.  I loaded up my iPad with the Brushes app over a year ago, but I ignored it for a long time.  I have only really specialised in portraits of some form or another, so it was only natural that I was drawn to painting the human face when I began to use the app seriously.

I am learning new things all the time, although the "layer" thing still confuses me a little.  I did try and paint in multi-layers for a few portraits, but I got frustrated when I forgot which layer has which.  If you try and paint in an area on the wrong layer, it doesn't work very well.  My last few portraits have been done on a single layer only.
The two images below show an early stage and completed stage of a Samuel L Jackson portrait that I completed recently.  I 'borrowed' the colour tones from the original little thumbnail that was copied into the picture canvas.  I then had a palette to work from.

Only three brushes were used.  I favour a rough brush that simulates  brushstrokes that an oil painting filbert would make.  This was used right down to one pixel size.  The other brushes were a blending tool to smooth out areas and a special brushes that creates dots across the painting.  I used this for painting fhe skin pores.

Hopefully, if you look close enough, you will see the result of all three of these brushes in both the pictures below.



 
 

 
 
And her is a youtube video of the final stages . . .
 
 
 

Monday, 6 January 2014

Painting the digital way

 
 
A digital painting of Gerard Butler.  Painted using my finger on the iPad.
 
 
 
 







The above photos show my process of working on a typical portrait on the Brushes App on my iPad.  It doesn't really differ from painting in oils or acrylics.  The main difference is that there is no mud created when applying one colour on top of another.  The app provides a wonderful chance to create transparent glazes, although I haven't quite mastered the 'layering' technique that this app offers.  The painting above was complete on only one layer.  A second layer was added after all the painting was completed.  This was just used to enhance the colour. 

Saturday, 22 June 2013

My comedy novel is on Amazon

It's been a great month so far.  BLISTER my comedy novel has finally been published and is available to buy on Amazon and to download as an ebook for your kindle device or app, again from Amazon.

 
It has lots of action and humour in the story.  It is a dark comedy, (two murders) but plenty of laughs along the way.  Downloading the book is just a click away.  Please have a look and see if you like it.
 
Here is the direct link.  Click on the word BLISTER to take you direct to the Kindle section. BLISTER  Enjoy!
 
I have also been doing some loose watercolours recently.  My local art club is having an exhibition at the beginning of August.  These two paintings just might be in contention as submissions.
 
The guitarist
 
 

Tango
 
 



Thursday, 23 May 2013

My month of May, so far . . .




Hi there.  Three very different pictures here that sum up my month of May so far, and there is still quite a bit left to go!  The first picture, the silhouette double profile cut, is of  my good friend Cameron Reid and his girlfriend, Annette.  Cameron has just opened a new art store at the Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow.  It is aptly named, 'ART'.  I went along to the opening party to help welcoming the guests by offering to cut their silhouettes.  It was a very busy and enjoyable evening.  Good luck to Cameron and Annette.  I am sure the store will grow from strength to strength.
The second picture is a watercolour portrait that I did of my granddaughter, Niamh.  She celebrated her 1st Holy Communion this month.  A fantastic landmark.  Painting this watercolour of Niamh rolled back the years to when I did an oil painting of her mother for her special day.
The last painting is a watercolour that I have completed this very day.  Just keeping my hand in and producing as many portrait and figure work watercolours as possible right now.
I don't allow myself to get 'rusty'.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Serious Cartoons



I have been asked to produce a couple of cartoons recently that required to be humorous but at the same time, carry a serious message.  The above pictures are the results.  It was a good opportunity to combine my love of drawing with my desire to be comically creative.

I do hope that the serious message gets across though.  If that happens I will be very pleased indeed.