Wine Dining

Wine-Dining’, is a line drawing of an anorexic woman with a bottle of wine and with half filled glass placed on the table behind her. Her expression is something that I am proud to have captured as it looks as though she is longing for something.

The drawing is made up of harsh lines that are create her form. Drawing on Photoshop really helped me retain a clean aesthetic and yet quite dark in concept. The overall work is very quirky in nature and I think is represents me at this stage of my life (maybe not the figure!)wine dining

I became quite attached to this drawing, and decided to turn it into a gif. This movement formulated that moment when you drink too much wine and start seeing double.

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STRANGE No. 3

The concept of these two images stemmed from the ideas presented and explained in “STRANGE No. 1” and “STRANGE No. 2”. This last step in the process was a bit more challenging in that i drew the whole body instead of just the face. The work fits perfectly into the definition of uncanny, as this taps into fear. Freud explained that “an uncanny effect is often and easily produced when the distinction between imagination and reality is effaced, as when something that we have hither to regarded as imaginary appears before us in reality…”. This is something that has been research for many years, but then again everything is subjective to the individual viewing it.

 

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STRANGE No. 2

After producing “Jessica” and “Frank” (elaborated on in STRANGE No. 1) I then proceeded to paint small portraits using watercolour. These paintings were then scanned and put onto Photoshop where an overlaying technique was used and their opacity adjusted. The detailed facial features were concealed due to this technique, making one eager to figure out the actual appearance of the image.face3

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Both drawings in “STRANGE No.1” were also used in this process.

The results:

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I was very happy with the results, I think they are interesting pieces in themselves.

STRANGE No.1

This little project was focused on facial features and how to manipulate them slightly so as to seem strange. The first drawing was called “Jessica”. The placement of her face was off center so the your eyes try to make up the rest of the body. “Jessica” also possesses no ears which is not very noticeable at first glance. This aesthetic along with the eyes being slightly off center, may solicit an odd feeling in the viewer.  The portrait is also slightly alien looking while simultaneously attaining human qualities

 

 

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Frank big.jpgThese drawings were done using Photoshop. The process was very enjoyable and quite soothing seeing as it was the first time using Photoshop as a drawing medium.

Painting

Painting is something that I turn to as a form of stress relief. The style of painting that i produce have harsh brushstrokes and are alla prima. This painting below is a portrait of a woman whose face is strangely divided using harsh lines. The initial intention for this painting was for it to be peaceful looking and somewhat pretty! Of course this was not the case, half way through the work I got quite frustrated, hence the painting ended up as is. Although this wasn’t my initial intention, I liked the end result. Aesthetically I am very happy with it, it has the right mix between light and dark and the creepiness in the painting is also something that i love because it is how I express myself.

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This is an oil painting, which was painted straight onto a wooden panel and the different textures in the background are created using an old brayer. Overall this was a very enjoyable experience that left me in a calm mood.

Concept Drawings

The focus of my dissertation is, if the facial features of a sculpture can evoke an uncanny feeling in the viewer. Therefore I created a concept drawing of what my sculpture will more or less look like when it is produced and placed in its proper setting. I want people to feel slightly claustrophobic and uncomfortable, possibly quite scared when viewing my sculpture, which will be 80cm.

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The sculpture will be placed on a chair facing a mirror, in a room which will be 2m/2m/2m. The viewer will have to walk into the room from behind the sculpture therefore seeing both the sculpture and themselves in the mirror, automatically interacting with it. There is also enough space for the viewer to walk around the work.

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The material that it will be made out of is Dragon Skin FX pro and Soma Foma foam. This will give the piece a fleshy and tactile look which will hopefully create feelings of uncertainty and discomfort. I want to also incorporate hand poked hair so as to enhance the realistic effect in the work.

Doodles with my cat

 

My cat has a strange character, he never wants you to touch him but wants to be next to you. Jeffy A.K.A Putitu (my cat) conveniently decides to curl up next to me while I doodle on the sofa. Funnily enough this drawing was inspired by this feral yet timid creature in that he has a weird fetish for mushrooms and enjoys being next to people (as long as you don’t touch him).

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This doodle is done in pen and watercolour, along with the tubby fur ball purring next to me 🙂

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My Sister’s Birthday Present

By the time my sister’s birthday came along, I realized that my bank account was dangerously low and I was in a panicked state because I couldn’t afford anything descent for her. Then it came to me! I decided to go all DIY and MAKE her a present. I quickly went into my basement and found an old Chinese pancake holder, thick rope, a glue gun and some air dry clay. First I used my glue gun to stick the rope around the Chinese pancake holder to mask the wicker look. I then thought it needed a knob to open the box, so I sculpted a little dolls face with bunny ears and stuck it in the middle.

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Then I cut a small piece of watercolour paper and named it “Emily’s Box of Temptations”, and stuck it just below the sculpture. Finally I went to the supermarket and bought lots of sweets and chocolates and filled the box. Thankfully she loved it 🙂

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Caricature

 

The focus of this piece is on how the hierarchical system works with regards to giving permits to buildings that should not be allowed. The citizens of each locality have a duty to maintain and be proud of the area they live in, but in this case no one bats an eye with the atrocities that are being built all around Malta. Large plots of land that are meant to be common areas, as well as protected areas, are being handed out on a silver platter to developers. The government is pro building and doesn’t care about the amount of bio diversity that is being lost forever, as long as money is involved everything and anything can be approved. This all boils down to selfishness and greed.

The picture portrays a big fat man with a pig’s tail eating trees and excreting houses, this represents the government. To the right of the image are three women, one with covered eyes, the other with a covered mouth and the last with covered ears; this represents how a large majority of Maltese citizens do not voice their opinion and make a difference, choosing to turn a blind eye.

 

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