Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Sketches For New Stencils...

Still working on drawings for new stencils - started collecting images and ideas a while back and sketching some rough designs [see above]. Leading on from the drunken paintings I've had to put on the back burner, I'm going to use Escapism as my starting point - the notion of hiding behind a facade or image - glamour, looking at girls mainly - make up etc [but some men might find their way inm afterall the last set of stencils - the eyes - where nearly all men] it should tie in nicely with the Dolls I'm painting [fingers crossed] which focus on the ideals of beauty and anatomy, the stencils will probably be the lighter side of that, well when i get them sorted that is..

Muscle and Bone: Inked

Was working in Oriel Scala today, it was very very quiet there, barely any visitors but it was pissing down the whole afternoon so I think that could been why, it did however mean I could sit and ink the action man, only got the torso done but its a start, its very relaxing to do actually, could of quite happily sat there the whole night finishing him off but had to dash to catch the world's bumpiest bus home :( will post more pics when he's done...

Muscle and Bone: Painted

Sat up until 2am this morning painting in the muscle - took several layers - Very time consuming but once I got started I didn't notice the fact it was the next day. I really need some new brushes as well :(

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Argh Dolls!!

After having no luck finding any more dolls in the local charity shops and all the dolls going for crazy money on ebay, I was chuffed to bits to get 11 dolls yesterday from my friend [who found them in a chairty shop in Bangor - the one town I didn't look in!] so its now all systems go!!!

Muscle and Bone..

I started work on the action man doll ages ago [seems longer than it actually is] but its caused me a few problems, which of course didn't happen until I began drawing on it! first off I had to fill in the hip joint, all the joints on the painted side where glued into position before I painted the white layer, but it wasn't until I went to draw the pelvis that I realized how much of a gap there is on the hip joint so that got filled in, repainted etc, then I drew the skeleton on, but because he's so overly muscly it just looked tiny and stupid, so last night I had a major re-think [he very nearly became a Terminator - maybe next time] and decided to use a mixture of muscle and bone - mainly because I love the drawings in the anatomy book I'm working from, and I'm pretty chuffed with the results so far.
About to start work on the back [again muscle and bone] then I can paint in the detail and ink it all, that's the part I'm a bit afraid of, really don't want to fuck the whole thing up!!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Hectic :(

Had a pretty hectic week day-job wise so I've not had as much time to work on the dolls etc as I of liked :( Managed to get bits done but I don't like it once I get really into drawing or painting and then I've gotta stop to go to work or bed or where-ever, which isn't that helpful when your in the middle of drawing a skeleton and then you've got to come back to it the next day and try remember where you were, but enough moaning I'll survive, Not so sure about the dolls though....

Monday, 22 March 2010

My Little Pony, Skinny and Boney - Again

When I started inking the Horse I have to admit I really wasn't sure about it, I loved the pencil drawing and once I'd finished that I didn't actually want to ink it, I was convinced it wouldn't look right, but I kept going, it wasn't until I painted in the black background that it started to come together, I think it works pretty well - again I wasn't sure about adding the grey shadows but I think they help bring out the features. It just needs varnishing and then take some proper photos [white backdrops etc]...

Saturday, 20 March 2010

My Little Pony, Skinny and Boney...

Started on the first horse, its proving quite a challenge, although thankfully the horse isn't as out of proportion as Barbie is - the toy horse is at least nearly the same as a real horse, but its still been a big learning curve, but a good one - luckily I love drawing Skeletons!!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Action Man: The Greatest Hero of Them All

Finally finished the last layers of white on the dolls and horses [takes bout 5/6 layers of white acrylic to cover them - very time consuming] so I can start drawing in the skeleton, I'd forgotten just how difficult it was trying to make a human skeleton fit onto an over idealized toy, but Action Man kind of seems more realistic than Barbie - it would certainly be great to paint on the muscle tones [skinned] so I think that might be my next one, just need to have a hunt for some more dolls. I do feel slightly weird going to charity shops and buying dolls, I have had some strange looks [well stranger than usual] its worse when I try explain what I do to them...

[apologizes for dodgy photo quality - the lighting in my room isn't the greatest especially for taking pictures]

Monday, 15 March 2010

I am Doll Arms

Started work on some new Dolls, raided the charity shops in Prestatyn, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, not many Barbies about though :( Got some Action Men to try Male versions, and some Horses, which I have to say I'm very excited to paint! Also reworked the Doll Arm I did back in first year, given it a solid base now, so it can stand all by itself, it needs sanding and painting then its all done. Will post photos of the dolls/horses as I'm going along

Saturday, 13 March 2010

My Flickr

Finally got my Flickr sorted [only had the account open and waiting for photos for a few years!] so now I actually have somewhere people can just see examples of my work without having to read my rantings and ravings!

Friday, 12 March 2010

Busy Busy B [Part Deux]

"Pure Morning [Metal]"
Spraypaint and Nail Varnish on Found Metal

"You've Long Since Faded From Their Eyes [White]"
Spraypaint and Nail Varnish on Wood

"From Despair To Where? [Small]"
Spraypaint and Nail Varnish on Wood

Here's the fruits of my labours for this week [well I've done more work than this - sanded and cut a pile of wood for more spraypainting next week] I found the smaller stencil of "From Despair..." and realized it hadn't been used - I'd ditched it in favour of the bigger version, so instead of wasting its been used here. Also I wanted to try using a paint wash on the wood to act as a base colour but still allowing you to see the grain, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. And finally the finished version of "Pure Morning" on the metal baking sheet from work, which took ALOT of hard work to get it in the condition its in now, but it was well worth the effort, I'm chuffed to bits with it!!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Busy Busy B

Had an extremely productive week, been outside everyday sanding wood, prepping stencils etc, since the series of eyes from 'The Abyss Gazes Also' have proved so popular I've decided to try monopolize on that by doing some more - but in different colours, backgrounds, surfaces etc, I've got some new stencils on the go, but am still only at the drawing stages, so hopefully these will tide me over until then. The majority will be on wood but I got two really old rusty baking sheets from work the other day [when we were clearing out the outside laundry room] so I've polished up one, and am spraying some eyes onto it - see picture above, I've even riveted hooks on the back as well for easy hanging - look at me actually thinking ahead for once!!

Monday, 8 March 2010

Oriel Scala

I've been accepted as a Guest Member for a New Gallery called Oriel Scala, in Prestatyn, I'm majorly excited about the opportunity, and have to say a Huge Thanks to Susie for all her help, pimping and advice! My work will be included in the current group show which starts today, and runs for six weeks, and all the work is for sale [so fingers crossed!]

More info here: