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Here is a question. What is good drawing

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in My grumpyArt, traditional Art | 2 comments

Here is a question. What is good drawing

I have recently started a large drawing, in pencil and on paper. This is something I haven’t tackled for a while. I did the usual stuff to begin with, thumbnails, sketches,  and played with compositional ideas. After a couple of weeks I had decided on a drawing, what my aims where and what I thought I was going to achieve.  It took me another week to actually cut the paper and tape it to my drawing board, this lay blank for another few days. I think you may be getting  the idea.. I was a bit apprehensive to say the least. So I have started my drawing now and after a couple or three days I am starting to get into it, losing quite a bit of white. I am now pondering over my original intentions and starting to question my ability. Is this good or bad? Is my tuition taking over my freedom to do what I want. Is what I see in art galleries trying to tell me ‘that’s old school’  maybe a few squiggles will do it! Problems, problems. SO, what do I do. I know, without sounding big headed, that I am a fairly good draughtsman. I know how to draw figures,(opinion) I have sketchbooks full of em( my drawing will contain a dozen or so), but when it actually came to  refining my rough I seemed to be doing ok until it dawned on me that anybody could do what I am doing with a bit of practice. I am a big fan of the renaissance artists, Leonardo especially, and the way they drew, not painted, drew, but this is now looking back on their work. How did they feel about their work at the time. If they looked back at their past masters, and been as intimidated as I am now, would we have such great drawings as The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist ( my all time favourite). Is too draw well to imitate such drawings, or try too, no. But then again, as you may have guessed I am no fan of the stuff that seems to make the headlines today, I am adamant that this so called work will dwindle away very quickly, and in two hundred years student will not be looking at a certain T.E’s work to draw inspiration from. So I think to answer my question, What is good drawing, I  have to trust in my own confidence to draw the way I want to, try and get across the emotion I want it  to convey and strive to make it better( in your own confident opinion) than the last drawing I did. If you meet that set of criteria then you have produced a good drawing. As an artist(not a student) I have to dismiss what other people may think what makes a good drawing and rely on my own, have confidence in my own ability. This is the only way I am going to produce my good drawing!

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Tate Liverpool, Oh dear!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2012 in My grumpyArt, traditional Art | 1 comment

Tate Liverpool, Oh dear!

Well, after a few weeks of quite intense work, I had the pleasure of a couple of days in Liverpool with my wife and a couple of friends. We went to the Maritime Museum, which has an excellent display of Liverpool’s past shipping connection, well worth it if you are in the area. We had a couple of hours to spare, so we decided to pop into the Liverpool Tate Gallery. What a disappointment, I am have quite an open mind when it comes to art and artist’s works, however on this occasion, and I think  it’s happening all over to be honest, I have never seen such a pile of pretentious crap in all my days. I cannot understand how such supposedly intelligent people can accept this sort of work as art (they would say that you are writing about it, therefore it justifies itself). If I wanted I am sure I could come up with some crazy piece, bullshit about it for a few minutes, using some posh dialect that only these people understand and hey presto.

The exhibition that I saw was split between floors,  Sculpture: the physical World, The sculpture of language, and Conversation piece. These were collections from many recognisable and some unrecognisable artists, Jackson Pollock, Frank Auerbach and Andy Whorhol to name a few. I am sorry but single pieces of art from these artists don’t stand up on their own, They only have significance when you see them as a whole, their lifestyle and how they worked, and also there traditional thinking behind the artwork itself. How can artwork from Richard Long possible be displayed in a art gallery, simple he makes a small sculpture of bits of wood on the floor, but that’s not Richard Long, his works are massive, outdoors and something that only he has the balls to do, or the first to do, should I say. So It’s his name that’s on display not the pile of timber that’s called a sculpture.

I call it the Kings clothes, some people are too scared to call it crap, or worst still, are so far up their own arse and want to be deemed as intellects that they are willing to believe that it is a fine piece of work. There were some familiar names that I did see and like what they had on display, Henry Moore for instance, His sculptures are displaying generally complex forms and emotion in fairly simple shapes, the art there is capturing that in a sculpture, fair enough. Salvador Dali was also represented, his painting have a narrative, a reason, and they are painted with his own experience of the subject. The rest with the exception of a few are basing their work on the backs of true pioneering abstract artists, without words to describe, in detail what it’s about, the work is useless, it doesn’t stand up on its own merits.

Now, how do I bring this short note to a conclusion, perhaps by saying if this is the way art is going, I had best quit now, No I don’t think so. Maybe if there was a way of separating this load of rubbish into a completely new class other than art, I think that would be a start. I don’t want my work to have anything to do with that load of tripe . It’s a shame as there are many contemporary artists out there that do not get the coverage or credit that they are due, because they work, not so much in a traditional manner, but they still have the belief in what true art is, and remain true to themselves. They do not wear the kings clothes!

Commission

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in CG Art, My grumpyArt, traditional Art | 1 comment

Commission

Commissioned over Christmas to do a couple of pet portraits, not really my thing but thought I would give it a whirl, they turned out ok, but I always tend to think the client wants chocolatebox, so tend to conform a bit rather than doing stuff I would like.

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Santes Dwynwen’s chapel

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in 3D, My grumpyArt | 0 comments

Santes Dwynwen’s chapel

Model of Santes Dwynwen’s chapel, which is located on LLanddwyn Island on Anglesey. This model was done as part of a before and after reconstruction of the original chapel

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Shadow Colour

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in CG Art, My grumpyArt, traditional Art | 0 comments

Shadow Colour

Had a play with photoshop to experiment with some colour and shadow values. I created a simple image using vibrant block colours. Primaru colours were chosen for the main forms and floor, I added a yellow background later. The question you need to ask yourself is what colours do the shadows seem to be, are they all the same colour, no matter what its cast on, The light in this case is a simple white light, no need to complicate things.

An area that is hidden from light does not mean it does not have colour. Shadowed area can contain many different colours. Painting shadows grey or black will dull down your image and make it look muddy.

Shadows often contain areas of color filled reflected light, caused by the colors of nearby objects in full light. Shadows may also contain hints of the color complementary to the local color of the object itself, so a yellow wall in shadow may contain hints of purple.

First consider the colour of the local object. The color of a shadow area on a blue area will be completely different in color to the shadow area on a red area. People tend to forget to look and decide what colour something is and instead presume that shadow is grey

The tone of the shadow needs looked at aswel. How dark is it compared to other areas of an image. Look at the shape of the shadow, it will be more prominent and sharper closer to it source object and will dissipate the further away the shadow is.

A few simple rules of thumb, warm light – cool shadow, cool light – warm shadow. The temperature of the light is worth consideration. Warm- red end of light spectrum, cold – blue end of light spectrum Warm sunlight or warm lamplight will often create cool, bluish shadows; whereas, cool light through a window on a a cloudy day, or from a fluorescent light, may create much warmer shadows. do not totally rely on this but use this rule in conjunction with your own eyes.

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Concept Art Cover

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in CG Art, My grumpyArt, slider Category, traditional Art | 1 comment

Concept Art Cover

Things moving along at work recently, and looks like we will be heading in a new direction. So decided to do some concept art work, basically to see  what I could come up with. The drawing is based on a model created by a colleague (Guy) that he used in a little test project. I simple scroller shooter game (I am no games player so not sure of exact terminology), a traditional looking shooter really. The look I was aiming for was a bit of 50’s/60’s comic book, looking into the future type feel. I needed to depict a look of speed and conflict without getting to descriptive, as I have not done something like this before I thought simple is best, hope you like It.

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New images and new brushes

Posted by on Jan 21, 2012 in CG Art, My grumpyArt, traditional Art | 0 comments

New images and new brushes

Bit of a back to basics, playing with colour and light and testing some new photoshop brushes, have created some that I am very happy with, here is some work, the interior scene is created using my new brushes. Its an image that has very little detail but a lot of atmosphere, this is my aim in a lot  of images I create.

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waves.flv

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in 3D | 0 comments

waves.flv

3d Photoreal waves created in 3d studio max as an experiment

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zbrush sculpture

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in 3D | 0 comments

zbrush sculpture

A sculpture created in pixologix’s zbrush and imported into 3d studio max

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Digital portrait painting

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in 3D | 0 comments

Digital portrait painting

Hi all, created this portrait in photoshop and the main aim was to experiment with my process of creating a (more…)

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