DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT

I had done this illustration a while back on adobe photoshop. It was created at a time when going out was not really on the agenda, I had not job, and staying in on the sofa became an everyday thing. So my mental state was not really at its best at this point. This illustration was meant to be more of an emotion or a feeling; something that I needed to allow myself to do. Break out of the rut I was in, get out of the house and have a life again.

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When Attempting To Sleep In A Hospital Ward

A couple of weeks ago I was admitted into hospital for a couple of nights. My roomie then, was a ninety year old man with severe dementia (bless him), but as you can imaging there were lots of noses coming from his end, throughout the day and sometimes, well into the night. So as night fell, I obviously couldn’t sleep, 11pm.. 12am..1am..2am.. so I decided to start a drawing. probably not the best idea of illustration to be done in a hospital, at the early hours of the morning, when even the nurses are having their well deserved naps leaving the corridors completely soulless… I may have slightly scared myself when it was time to shut my eyes and turn of all the lights in my room in the ward, but it was worth it (even thought I do need a lot more practice).

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(photoshop illustration- 17/12cm)

Wine Dining

Wine-Dining’, is a line drawing consisting of harsh lines and limited colour. This is one of the first few drawings that I had done on photoshop. wine dining

I became quite attached to this drawing, and decided to turn it into a gif. I thought that this movement captured that moment what you realises that you’ve had that one drink too many.

REAL Wine Dining

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

 

 

Jessica BigThe drawing following this was called “Frank”. Both drawings can be presented as a diptych. The lazy eye in this drawing is more prominent than the previous one so as to enhance an uncanny feeling.

 

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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