Certain types of illustrations, whether drawings or paintings, may need a little “extra” to add impact and/or movement to the subject matter.
In this instance I have used simple radiating lines and small circular shapes to indicate the speed and the action of this motorcyclist, the late and very great Northern Irish road-racer, Joey Dunlop. The lifted front wheel is one indicator that the rider is moving at great speed, but the addition of the dust and stones being thrown up by the rear wheel, adds to that sense of speed and indeed danger of this particular sport.
Do not be tempted though,
to overdo these indicators of speed, etc., as it may even obscure the movement of the actual subject or subjects.
Usually, as in this drawing of a nude made on primed board, I work in black ink, but occasionally, I use sepia coloured ink pens – particularly in figurative illustrations. It takes time to work in pen so give yourself time. This drawing is available.
Young woman seated.
This is a more or less accidental piece that I started on by flicking diluted masking fluid randomly onto a page onto a page. Next, I painted in the background (leaving the masking fluid intact) with washes of bright washes of acrylic paints, to which I then added copious handfuls of salt. When the background was fully dry, I rubbed off the masking fluid with the tips of my fingers, to see what was below.
I saw that the splashes of masking fluid has left daisy like patterns all over the page, so I simply filled in the centres with an
A View of Daisies
appropriate yellow, plus some cadmium orange and voila…..”A View of Daisies”
Artists tend to be a little quirky!.
By Artists, I include all those involved in the creative process, i.e. artists, painters, sculpters, musicians, actors, singers. and sportspeople We do not tend to be l00% predictable (unless we chose to be) , nor indeed 100% conventional and again, not unless that is our choice.
Much of our work may meet the needs and expectations of the paying public, but every now and again, we are permitted to uleash a different way of approaching our work
As an example of this type of “difference”, I have shown here an ink and wash illustration of a young woman. However, to it, I have added the dimension of dreams. Flowers and little creatures emerge from around her and a tiny dragon sits on the artist’s hand. The sitter’s face is illuminated by a variety of colours and her lips are touched up in the colours of France.
The appearance of Dreams
Our lives to-day are totally dominated by colour, usually 3D and in very High Definitation.
In this motoring artwork, I have taken a step backwards if you like, and re-produced one of my own motoring artworks (the original oil painting is in full colour) in black and white and honestly, I am astounded at the result. . And, here, I think, that feeling of a more gentle era, is so ably demonstrated by the lack of harshness both in the portrait of the Racing Driver – Eric Comas, the French F1 and Rally champion and (still very desireable – perfect fit for me…the beautiful iconic Renault Alpine A110,
As a demonstration of the dramatic use of oil paint, I have demonstrated here, one of my artworks, a portrait of the late (and very great) Graham Hill F1 and World Champion Motorsport Racing Driver.
Graham Hill F1 and World Champion Motor racing Driver
This is not a large work but the use of oil paints in this instance, make, I feel, a very imposing artwork.