JOKERMAN - Heath Ledger as 'The Joker' from "The Dark Knight", commissioned piece done in b&w acrylic on an 18" x 14" box canvas (JAN 2014) SOLD

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(05/01/14) Basic sketch done in 15 mins, 18″ x 14″ canvas…
Jokerman 15min Sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(06/01/14) 45 mins done this morning and really coming on quick…
Jokerman 1hr30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(07/01/14) Unhappy how this hours session has resulted, if I’m honest. Not enough likeness yet…
Jokerman 2hrs30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(08/01/14) After 4hrs15 so far, the likeness is starting to develop, thankfully…
Jokerman 4hrs15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(11/01/14) 9 hours 15 mins so far, getting there now…
Jokerman 9hrs15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12/01/14) Another hour and 15 mins this morning – getting close now to completion…
Jokerman 12hrs30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(14/01/14) Finishing touches done this morning, after 2 hours done yesterday. After 15 hours, the “Jokerman” is complete!…
Jokerman

GATSBY - standard b&w acyrlic on 18" x 14" box canvas, Leonardo Di Caprio in iconic scene from "The Great Gatsby" (JAN 2014)

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(05/01/14) Basic sketch taking 10 mins, 18″ x 14″ canvas…
Gatsby 10min sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(06/01/14) 30 mins of throwing down the base colours…
Gatsby 40mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(06/01/14) Another 30 mins today, shaping and shading…
Gatsby 1hr10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(07/01/14) An hour done this morning. Gettin a slight likeness…

Gatsby 2hrs10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(14/01/14) After a break from this piece while I concentrated on “Jokerman”, back to it with an hour and 20 mins this morning…
Gatsby 3hrs30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(19/01/14) 45 mins done before work yesterday and 2 hours today…
Gatsby 6hrs45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(21/01/14) 1hr15 done before work, so 9hrs done so far in total…
Gatsby 9hrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(23/01/14) 3 hours 30 done today on my day off. Getting there now…
Gatsby 14hrs15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(26/01/14) Came back to it tonight and got it finished. Approximately 21 hours overall. Although I think this is my best work yet (in terms of complexity with its contrasting foreground and background levels of focus), I now realise the painting is too dark overall. I need to be braver in throwing down brighter whites, and maybe not begin with such dark base colours…
Gatsby

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Gatsby photo Jokerman photo

The photo on the left of Leonardo Di Caprio in “The Great Gatsby” is what I shall be working from, as an experiment on capturing expression, of which his is fantastic in this picture. The photo on the right is of Heath Ledger as ‘The Joker’ from Batman, and I shall be painting this as my first commission for the year :).

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Amongst all of the nice gifts I received from loved ones today, I got these two great presents…

Christmas Prezzies

I’m sure they will both be inspiring and educational and it should be interesting to see if, and how, my style evolves after reading and studying the techniques in the one book and appreciating the masterpieces in the other. Great gifts! I now feel the need to return to my “Papa Burgundy” piece, which I have taken a few days off from working on. Shouldnt be too long now I hope.

PAPA BURGUNDY - Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) from the original Anchorman movie, in black and white acrylic on a 16" x 12" canvas (DEC 2013)

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With the imminent release of Anchorman 2 this month I can think of nobody better to paint than the legend himself, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell). I’m really looking forward to starting this one tonight, particularly because the image I have chosen has a lot of background detail which most of my previous pieces have lacked. “Let the games begin!..” 😀

Papa Burgundy pic

 

Thirty minutes or so it took for this basic sketch, again on 16″ x 12″ canvas (09/12/13)…
Papa Burgundy sketch

 

To get the base colours took a lot longer than usual, an hour and a half this morning (10/12/13)…
Papa Burgundy 2hrs

 

This morning I focused on the upper left side of the piece – it took me TWO HOURS just to get the right head shapes on the poster/picture, the owl ornament and a few other details (11/12/13)…
Papa Burgundy 4hrs

A quick 45 mins done before work, on the small faces in picture (14/12/13)…
Papa Burgundy 8hrs45

Started around 9:30am today and, with a couple of breaks in between, did about 2hrs45 from middle to far right – one more sweep from left to right will see a near-finished piece :) (16/12/13)…
Papa Burgundy 13hrs

 

Did another two hours last night, concentrating on the small Ron Burgundy faces poster, and an hour this morning on the owl and palm tree ornament (17/12/13)…
Papa Burgundy 16hrs

Did another hour before bed last night and then another hour this morning (Boxing Day) concentrating on the small Ron Burgundy faces, the owl, and the eagle trophy and background (26/12/13)…
Papa Burgundy 23.5 hours

 

All done just before the years end! Approximately 33 hours work. Mildly pleased (31/12/13)…
Papa Burgundy

CREEP - Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke in b&w acrylic on 16" x 12" canvas (DEC 2013)

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Been listening to a few of my old musical influences lately, one of which being Radiohead, so I’ve decided to paint Thom Yorke (as he looked during Radiohead’s peak because when I searched for images it scared me how much he has aged, the beard and long straggly hair don’t do him any favours!)

thom-yorke-radiohead

 

And this is the start, a twenty minute sketch on the standard 16″ x 12″ canvas (02/12/13)…
Creep sketch

 

And the first paint was applied a little later, taking about 40 mins (02/12/13)…
Creep 1hr

 

An hour and a half spent today on some more shading, reshaping, ear and some eye detail (03/12/13)…
Creep 2.5hrs

Came back to it a little later after working on forehead and did another hour, concentrating on the nose and lips (05/12/13)…
Creep 4.5hrs

And all done, finishing touches done this morning. Took about 8.5 hours in total (08/12/13)…
Creep

EVA - a larger than usual 18" x 14" box canvas in b&w acrylic of actress Eva Mendes (NOV 2013)

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After finishing another Denzel piece, I’ve decided to have a go at one of his gorgeous co-stars from “Man On Fire” – Eva Mendes.

Eva pic

And this is the start, a fifteen minute quick sketch on a larger than usual 18″x 14″ canvas (03/11/13)…
Eva sketch

After 45 mins, looking nothing at all like the subject yet!(05/11/13)…
Eva 1hour

After 3 hours in total so far (09/11/13)…
Eva 3 hours

Another rather unproductive hour this morning, so after 5 hours in total so far (10/11/13)…
Eva 5 hours

After a couple weeks rest due to illness, “Eva” is finished after about 9 hours total (23/11/13)…

EVA - a larger than usual 18" x 14" box canvas in b&w acrylic of actress Eva Mendes (NOV 2013)

DENZEL - painted as a gift for my mums birthday this coming December, acrylic on 12" x 9" box canvas (OCT 2013) SOLD

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Doing this piece as a surprise birthday gift for me mum – Denzel Washington is her favourite actor :)

denzel-washington

And this is the start, a five minute quick sketch on 12″x9″ box canvas (23/10/13)…
Denzel sketch

And another 25 mins later (23/10/13)…
Denzel 30 mins

Another 30 mins today has really made am impression, very happy so far (24/10/13)…
Denzel 1 hr

(29/10/13) After around 2 and a half hours in total (about half-way done I reckon) we now have this…
Denzel 2.5hrs

(30/10/13) After another 1 and a half hours…
Denzel 4 hrs

(31/10/13) “Denzel” COMPLETED after just over 7 hours in total – my best piece yet…
DENZEL - painted as a gift for my mums birthday this coming December, acrylic on 12" x 9" box canvas (OCT 2013) SOLD

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This was started at the beginning of October and is now completed, 10 hours work across about 3 weeks.(It’s a piece commissioned by a good friend which is not in keeping with my “Icon Art” that I am specializing in, but a favour is a favour and I have been more than happy to work on this piece).

Original image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

after 7 hours (13/10/13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed:

Finished piece after about 10 hours, b&w acylic on 14" x 11" box canvas (Oct 2013)

TOP BOY - actor Ashley Walters on 16" x 12" x 1.5" box canvas in b&w acrylic. Not a good likeness at all, really struggled with this for some reason OCT 2013)

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No real reason for choosing to paint Ashey Walters except that I had been watching the second series of ‘Top Boy’ a few weeks ago and i saw this picture of the lead character which I think will look good on my (or someone elses) wall.

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And this is where we are at after an hour and a half…

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And after about 3 hours (06/10/13)…
Top Boy stage 4









After 4 hours (07/10/13)…
Top Boy after 4 hours









After about 6.5 hours (19/10/13)…
Top Boy 6 hours









AND after about 10 or 11 hours THE FINISHED PIECE (22/10/13)…
TOP BOY - actor Ashley Walters on 16" x 12" x 1.5" box canvas in b&w acrylic (OCT 2013)