Digital portraits

These are  portraits I did at sketchfu between 2007 and 2008 I think.

I loved the Lord if the Rings films, and tried to draw Galadriel and Frodo. I also have a drawing somewhere of Gandalf but cant find it.

The two others are House and Mulder. I drew them from images online. I think they all came out quite well considering it was quite a simple website.

If I am able to find more I will post them too.

Paint

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Paint is a wonderful thing,  a riot of colours, a rainbow of tones.

Acrylic for ease of colour use, oil paint for staying damp to ease blending. Water colours for transparency and simplicity, Gouache for more opaque colours over watercolour. The types of paint are fascinating. Each has its own method and technique. Even paints such as emulsion and gloss can be used in Art, and of course spray cans are used for graffiti.

From millennia ago humans have made marks, on cave walls, on rocks, papyrus and paper. Canvas and screens. The need to make pictures seems to have been with us almost from the cradle. Children learn to draw at an early age. Scribbling, then with improved hand eye coordination comes drawing, painting, even writing. For what is language, it is an abstract representation of what was once pictograms. Egyptian hieroglyphics show the link between art and language.

Paint and art invade our society. Art and colour are used to design every day objects. Architecture is a form of art. We need artists and painters in our visual society. Art is there in video games, special effects, what colour your clothes or car will be next season. What palette you decide to use to decorate weddings and birthdays. The list is almost endless….

 

Kirk and Spock

OK so I’m a trekkie, I’m a sci fi nut. I enjoyed watching the series when I was a child, in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I loved both these characters, in particular Spock. I was amazed that logic was so important and I would often try to think logically like him. I was clearly a strange child.

Two of my favourite authors were Issac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke. I watched the film 2001 a Space Oddessy which is based on Arthur C Clarke’s book.  The images of space flight were really incredible. It was good that the flight to the space station was accompanied by music, it really irritates me when they play sounds when space is a vacuum and sound cannot travel in it. (That was one thing that DID irritate me about Star Trek). I also like the film I Robot, although it doesn’t stick to the book like 2001. Asimov 3 laws seemed to chime with Spock’s logic. I think I had most of Asimov’s Robot books and a fair few of his short stories.

Yes I’m more Star Trek than Star Wars. I loved the character’s, Uhura, Bones McCoy and Scottie, Chekov and Sulu. At one stage I had all the Star Trek books that had been written by James Blish. I lost them when I moved to college.

Kirk is great in his own way, he is such a strong character. My favourite scene is where he opens a grain hopper and Tribbles fall out. I still find that hilarious.

These two drawings were done at sketchfu. A drawing website that us now defunct. The little creature on the screen behind Spock is Fu. The drawing site only had 5 sizes of pen, an opacity tool, a colour picker and a pallette of colours. I wish I could have made the flesh tones more smooth and blended. I enjoyed drawing these two portraits….

I like the new series of films with replacement actors, I hope they get the chance to do more.

 

 

Red glasses

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A couple of years ago I did a doodle on the computer of me wearing my old red glasses. The idea was to draw it as if I was using a scraper board …. you know scratching through a black surface to reveal a metallic coloured base layer.

The red really stands out on this drawing (which has been duplicated in layout).

I think artists need to experiment, even if its just  little ideas that get the cogs going in your brain!

Red glasses hide your eyes behind

Thick glass, makes you think?

Makes your thought opaque, hidden,

Eyes glint under the red frame,

Pale thoughts unbidden.

Will they see the real you,

will they feel your thoughts?

Reveal yourself by showing your eyes..

The pain, the fear, the dark.

Angel

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Angel is one of my first digital drawings. Drawn with Photoshop with a textured pen brush.

I was trying to draw something in an icon style, but with a modern twist.

Angel

Angel on high looking down, what do you see?

A world, a sky, a planet…a heaven?

Angel sing choral songs up high….

Music of the spheres, music of the sun.

Angel look down on me, give me peace,

Let light in and darkness out.

Angel keep me safe, sure, loved.

Hold the world in your hands,

Keep it safe.

 

Tried to draw Frida.

 

 

Have you ever tried to draw on a computer with your finger? That’s how I did this on my tablet computer using a sketcher app.

I tried to accurately draw Fridas’ features from a self portrait she did with a bird, cat and monkey. I’m afraid my skills did not let me draw the cat or the monkey, and I know this is not accurate but I had to keep flipping between a photo of a painting and the drawing. So I hope Frida fans will forgive me.

The drawing was prompted by some recent news that a room in Fridas house had been opened up after 40 years of being sealed. Apparently there are many unseen peices of work by the artist.

I could try and put more details into it but I have decided to leave it for now.

Mona who?

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I tried to copy the Mona Lisa on a digital platform once, unfortunatley the image is a bit blurred. The landscape behind her is perhaps too fuzzy.

Leonardo da Vinci was a brilliant renaissance artist. His paintings and drawings have always enthralled me. There is so much skill there. So much beauty and knowledge. Leonardo has a wonderful technique which I could not hope to copy. My drawing is blotchy, and thin in places, but I think it probably took me about half an hour to an hour to draw. Using a drawing app on Sketchfu.

This was another on that popped up on my Facebook account which I was glad to retrieve. I thought I had lost it.

So anyway I will just leave this here..