I was inspired to create this picture when I saw the Doctor Who series 8 Listen teaser trailer. At first I started to sketch it as a side on TARDIS view but my mind has a bit of difficulty with angles and proportions and I was finding it quite tricky getting the figures in the correct size compared to the TARDIS. Because I love to see things at different angles I decided to try a top down view instead which gave another tricky problem of figuring out how to foreshorten the Doctor and I so we are looking straight up out of the picture. Peter’s head came out a bit large but I like the effect that the foreshortening works on both figures when you rotate the picture.
Rather than a flat picture on a gallery wall I like to bring the viewers of my art into the 3D bubble encasing the picture, I like to break the fourth wall and reach out towards the viewer, a bit like my cartoon self is doing my YouTube videos. That’s because I love drawing faces.
I like the bright and colourful effect of my marker pictures and they are quick to create. I think I want to practice my fine art skills on painted and pastel portraits and also have the immediacy of creating my cartoon style.
So I heard that Jenna and Peter received a gift of a painting during their world tour and people were being unkind about it which I think is unfair seeing as all fan artists have different styles and it can mean a lot when you put your time and effort into an artwork. I’m happy that the artist got the chance to give their work to Jenna and Peter. Here’s a piccie of them holding the painting (I got the pic from Gally B, I do not own the picture and no copyright infringement is intended).
I decided to take inspiration from the composition to practice my portraiture and use my Derwent Tinted Charcoal pencils. The first thing I did was to start with a loose outline.
Then I added the colour. (I had the drawing board on my knee)
This is a spectator’s view of it
I enjoyed practising with the pastel pencils but I do like painting and doing my marker pictures more as the material is easier to control. I can see where I can improve, forehead and nose proportions are usually my stumbling blocks and I needed to add paint to Clara’s eyes to get the clarity of the white back. I think line-work is more my strong point than the colouring in but I enjoy both.
I find the self taught method is much better for my mental health as I have calmed down a lot since I used to get so mad I’d just tear something up I did wrong. I feel I can talk my way through the creation process and converse with myself easier than when I was taking instructions from my school teachers and forced to do specific topics.
Since coming back from Autscape I think I want to talk more about my art and talk through how my ideas are formed and my artistic process.
Hiya everyone, I had some lovely huggly fun at Autscape and shall be posting more about it on here. I am doing lots of MOOCs so first I am catching up with them then I can get more art done, I have lots of ideas flitting round my mind. I just wanted to give you all something to look at whilst I do my t’internet school stuff.
So this is the art I did in the art workshop, the idea of the workshop was just to loosen up with some relaxed free pencil moving. We drew from a small artist’s mannequin with our usual writing hand and then drew it with our non-writing hand. I adore and am fixated on faces so I started off with the face of the figure on the left and drew outwards from that. Then I did the larger figure with my non-writing hand and then thought of making the smaller figure his string puppet so added a bar and strings.
Then some objects to draw were arranged on the table, there was lots of plastic fruit so I started drawing the fruit and added faces because there were some fabulous soft toys available to buy at Autscape this year that are fruit and veg with faces (I bought the Strawberry, Pear and Carrot and a cuddly Penguin, I gravitate towards anything that’s a cuddly toy). In the picture the banana is shouting and the other fruit and the mannequin man are objecting to it (my reaction to an unexpected outburst earlier in the week). Then I started to draw quick facial expressions to fill up the page.
Then we all started to work in colour so I did more facial expressions with oil pastels.
Then we were encouraged to create a larger picture of the objects we were drawing so I started off doing a loose portrait, from memory, of Peter Capaldi but it transformed into Jon Pertwee. I have noticed that when drawing Mr Capaldi it is easy to find myself drifting into David Bowieland. It is really interesting to me that sometimes I’ll try to draw a specific person and it doesn’t look like who I mean’t to draw but looks a lot like a different famous person.
I then decided to draw David Tennant from memory too. I started with his signature eyebrow and developed it from there.
I then completed the session by sketching a quick Christopher Eccleston. I see the part of the face that is the most iconic bit and make sure to add it, with Chris it’s his sort of cute moley thing by his cheek.
I really enjoyed the workshop (especially the extra cuddling afterwards ; ) ) and I think that it’s a really good exercise to just do free and loose sketches from memory to get you just loosened up and thinking about who you want to draw.