Uni is once more halting any major efforts at completing a couple of paintings that I have on the go. However, my lovely friend Abigail turned 21 last week and to celebrate her birthday, her love of Marvel and her amazing decision to take part in an Iron Man later this year, I decided to have a go at painting the man himself.
Painting superheroes is definitely not my strong suit, but it was a lot of fun none the less. Maybe I’ll have a go at painting some more things that are out of my comfort zone when I’ve got a bit more time to spare.
Finally I’ve managed to finish a painting after a couple of months break. Not something I particularly wanted to take. It’s not that I haven’t been painting at all, it’s just I’ve been finding it hard to find the time what with starting my final year at University. Instead of having the luxury of being able to paint for a couple of hours every day, like I could in the summer, I’ve been lucky if I can manage 2 or 3 hours a week during term time.
I started this piece only a few weeks after I finished the Marc Marquez painting, which goes to show how annoyingly long it has taken me to finish it. Several people had asked me if I planned to work on a Rossi piece, which initially I hadn’t. My MotoGP knowledge is limited to say the least, but I had a lot of fun painting Marquez and the sponsorship detailing on the bikes is something I want to challenge myself to get better at. This has also stressed to me that I need to invest in better quality brushes. I completed much of this painting using the same paintbrush; which at the time of buying I felt to be over-priced, but couldn’t deny the quality of results was far better after I started using it.
I’m also trying to use linseed oil more when I’m painting. Predominantley, I tend to use white spirit as an easy way to thin the paint, but I’m eager to see how the results vary using the oil. This will hopefully be evident with the next painting I’m working on, a timeless Jaguar.
Here’s a look at the final Valentino Rossi piece. It’s roughly A3 size, on Canvas paper which I’ve been using quite a lot recently. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I can finish another painting and upload that too.
A couple of weeks ago I was watching one of the Moto GP races on TV with my Dad, and one of the things we kept commenting on was how spectacular the bikes looked. Everything about them is impressive. We especially noticed the two Repsol Honda bikes driven by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. They were a fantastic mix of reds, oranges and yellows, which really stood out on the track. I immediately wanted to have a go at painting one. Before the race had even finished, I’d found a canvas, selected an image and started on an outline of Marc, number 93, on his Honda.
Although it’s of a similar subject to the work I normally do, it was still exciting to be painting something a little different. I got to work with a lot of colour, and try and improve my detailing. The image is so bold and impressive, and I really hope i’ve done it justice. I’ll post some progress photos soon to demonstrate how I achieved the final image and maybe I’ll have another go at painting some more bikes soon.
Here’s a picture of the Austin i’ve just finished. I’ve been working on the painting for a few weeks whilst I’ve not got much else to work on. The car is an old Austin Six that belongs to a family friend. It’s actually the car that me and my friends went to prom in! The owner doesn’t know I’ve painted it for him, so hopefully it should be a nice surprise!
It’s been a hugely exciting couple of weeks for me in terms of my paintings. It seems my work is being recognized in a really positive way and I have had the opportunity to get some prints made and put up for sale in a local store! The works available are the thermal image painting, and the 2014 Force India (both on canvas) as well as the early Ferrari (framed). I also have the opportunity to create prints of my other paintings should anyone be interested. Here are a couple of pictures of the window display, sorry about the reflections!
I also received and exciting phone call when I was away at the British Grand Prix (WOO LEWIS!!). However, camping and a lack of electricity to charge my phone meant that I didn’t get the message until I got back home after a horrendous, traffic ridden, 8 hour drive. The message was from the Personnel Manager at work, who was inviting me to do a commissioned painting illustrating the branch business plan. I can’t really go into any detail about the content, but it’s going to be a huge painting, 3 or 4 meters long, and will be an ongoing project throughout the year. All the equipment was purchased straight after my meeting and I’ve already begun working on a few elements. I can’t wait to see it all come together!
As far as the paintings I’m working on at the minute, there are two. I’ve once again brought out the Alfa, and I’m having another go. When I first started it, it just wasn’t working. Looking at it a few months later with a fresh approach seems to have really worked, and I’m happy with how it’s coming along. The other piece I’m working on is an old Austin for a family friend. It’s a beautiful car and I don’t think it’ll be too long until I’m able to post some pictures of the finished result!
I’m happy to say I’ve finally finished this painting! It’s taken a couple of months but I’m really happy with the result. I’ve loved painting the TVR and hope the owners think I’ve done the car justice.
Starting to add some more colour to the piece. After this picture was taken I also managed to get started on the background, which is going to take a bit of time…due to the detail, but will hopefully look impressive.
Painting things, just because I like the look of them.