MY FAIR LADY - I had to paint an Audrey Hepburn piece for myself after thoroughly enjoying painting the commissioned "Audrey" piece last time. Again it's in b&w acrylic on 18" x 14" box canvas (MAR 2014) SOLD FOR 180.00GBP IN DEC 2015

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I’ve become slightly emphatuated with Audrey Hepburn since my last commission, so I am going to paint a portrait of her for myself next. Another, less-common picture…

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My Fair Lady 25mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(01/03/14) 25 min sketch

My Fair Lady 1hr15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(01/03/14) After 1hr15

My Fair Lady 4hrs45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(05/03/14) After 4hr45

My Fair Lady 9hrs15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(06/03/14) Another 2hrs15 done tonight. Very tiresome but productive day!

My Fair Lady 13hrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(09/03/14) Just over an hour done yesterday afternoon, and another 90 mins today.

My Fair Lady 18hrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(16/03/14) 21hrs30 done and so close to completion. The hair needs more detail and a bit more touching up in the background – should be finished in the next session or two.

My Fair Lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(20/03/14) With the last couple of strokes done this morning, “My Fair Lady” is all finished after a total of approximately 25hrs45. I am very happy with the final result, there is not much I’d change or try to improve on. And the likeness is not too far off, which is probably the most important thing. Another thing I’m happy with is the overall brightness of the piece, something which, in hindsight, I realise is severely lacking in some of my previous work (in particular the “Gatsby” painting). I think this piece is a good way to round off my first year of painting, setting a benchmark for the forthcoming 12 months.

AUDREY - commissioned piece for a friend's mums birthday. Audrey Hepburn, done from a rather obscure photo, in standard b&w acrylic on 18" x 14" box canvas (FEB 2014) SOLD

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Having been asked to do a painting of the very iconic Audrey Hepburn, I’ve selected this photograph to work from. I love her coy little smile and also the way the background is out of focus (making Audrey the centre of attention), similar to the “Gatsby” painting I recently completed. I’m really looking forward to tackling this piece as I have not painted that many women so far so it should be a challenge :)

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(11/02/14) Initial sketch done in 25 mins…
Audrey 25mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(11/02/14) After 1hr10mins…
Audrey 1hr10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12/02/14) With fresh eyes, much better progress made this morning in just over an hour. (4hrs15 done so far) …
Audrey 4hrs15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(14/02/14) Day off it yesterday, 2 hours 15 done this Valentines morning…
Audrey 6hrs30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(16/02/14) 1hr 15 yesterday, 1hr 15 today. 10hrs45 so far. It’s really taking it’s time this one, I’ve noticed her left eye needs lowering ever so slightly to get a really accurate likeness. Once that’s done I can focus on the rest of the piece because it’s really bugging me that the likeness is not there yet…
Audrey 10hrs45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(19/02/14) 2 hours done yesterday and one hour 45 done today…
Audrey 15hrs30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(25/02/14) “Audrey” completed after an hour yesterday and an hour this morning – 19.5 hours in total. I’ll be really sad to let her go. It’s been very tough to get the likeness and even though she isn’t as perfect as I would have liked, I cannot do any more to this piece without overdoing it…
Audrey

Ali (The Greatest)

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Muhammad Ali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali 20mins sketch

(29/01/14) 20 minute sketch. My drawing is awful, almost comical!

Ali 1hr30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(29/01/14) 1hr30mins so far

Ali 2hrs45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(30/01/14) 2hrs 45

Ali 3hrs45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(02/02/14) 5hrs 45

Ali 7hrs45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(07/02/14) 11hrs 45

Ali (The Greatest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(09/02/14) Ali, “The Greatest” completed, 16 hours overall

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)