Recently, I have been experimenting with materials and different portrait styles. It’s that time of year, when new ideas are necessary and I usually set to completing artist study after artist study! These two particular pieces focus upon mark-making and are inspired by both Andrew James and Harding Meyer. My portrait work has freed up a great deal and using looser materials such as charcoal has been really fun! It’s quick, effective, and liberating! I’ve also been using square acrylic brushes (second image) to drag/manipulate paint and I love this effect! I think you’ll definitely be seeing more expressive works in the future but for now, it’s time to experiment a little bit more before creating my next piece!
Things have been rather quiet here over on the gallery page. That’s because between March and June I was actually working on a secret illustration contract with group magazine. I can’t explain how desperately I wanted to share my work with you nor how time consuming it was! As my first paper publication, it was a learning experience and I loved every second of it!
About the project: I was comissioned (along with a team of US student artists) to illustrate a new youth new testament bible called Pierced. Each book within the bible has it’s own book cover, designed and illustrated by one of the ten artists. We were asked to “put our own interpretation and testimony” into the artworks. I was given Ephesians, Philemon, and 2 Peter for which I used a range of mixed media. My favourite would be Ephesians – here I layered a self portrait painting over some photography. It relates to Ephesians 3:14-19 that talks about being filled with the fullness of Christ.
The bible itself contains journalling margins for your own notes, as well as printed handwritten notes on each page to provoke thought and guide you through quiet times. These notes have been produced by another team of student writers. The books of the new testament have also been rearranged, placing each gospel at the front of four groups that consist of closely related books. It aims to provide 4 witnesses to the story of Christ. I find this layout interesting and really helpful – no more “I wonder what to read now.” Simply start with one of the gospels and follow through the group! Finally, it’s 6×9″ in size which for me is perfect – I was struggling to read my smaller bible!
The pierced bible can be purchased online from Amazon. If from the UK, you can still purchase the product from the american site – it works out at around £20 (although last time I checked it was on sale for less) once you’ve added shipping costs!
P.S. Although I cannot recommend this bible enough, I in no way intend to pressure people into purchasing. I was not paid to write a review and also suggest that if purchasing, you use this bible alongside a full bible. The Pierced Bible is only a New Testament resource and therefore shouldn’t be relied upon alone.
I designed and created this painting, using acrylics, and comic strips/decalled paper. The story behind it is simply that two of my best friends recently got engaged – one likes Thor, and the other Harry Potter… After a few hours of brainstorming I came up with this – then I decided to give it as an engagement present.
Scroll down, and allow it to be revealed…
Congratulations Jordan and Chloe – have fun trying to find somewhere to put this :/
The cómic strip was sourced from here
The Harry Potter decals were from google – unfortuntely the link seems to have disappeared. If I find it ill post here, but if anyone knows of the source, dont hesitate to contact for credit purposes.
Here’s my most recent work, “Eleanor.” By researching Nahem Shoa, I’ve produced a large scale (I can just about reach the top on the canvas when it’s on the easel!) self portrait, that focuses on vibrant colour. I’ve approached it with a “patch work style” and layered many different tones, and hues over the top of each other. I’m extremely happy with this outcome since it’s the biggest and most challenging thing I’ve done – I can’t wait to do more!