Saturday, 10 October 2015

Kazart Tiger Cat

Ok so I did intend to do a finished illustration of Whacky Cat BUT... I started to draw, then I rubbed a bit out and redrew it... then I rubbed a bit more out and redrew that... after about an hour of drawing and redrawing (I lost track of time), Whacky Cat had transformed into a completely new character! Sorry fellow - your day will come ;) Sometimes what you set out to create doesn't eventuate as you picture it - you just have to go with the flow and let the character come to life on its own terms.

On saying that, meet my newest cat character, Tiger Cat, who insisted on having black stripes... seriously, I had no choice!

Tiger Cat - Hand drawn using a 2H pencil on cartridge paper then coloured using Derwent colour pencils. I wouldn't normally use a 2H pencil - too light - but luckily I did because I redrew it at least 1000 times (slight exaggeration of course).

Loving the time spent drawing at the moment - unfortunately at the cost of time with friends and extended family... oops! Hopefully they will understand - it was them or art - something had to give.

PS Love all my friends and family truly, dearly...  xoxoxo

Friday, 9 October 2015

Lost & Found – Kazart Whacky Cat

Don't you love it when you stumble across a forgotten drawing or idea? I found this pic when I was looking for something else - it's a cat character I painted on the wall of a Dementia ward as part of a mural I worked on a few years ago with another artist. I know I have the original pencil sketch somewhere so now I'll definitely have to do a propper illustration using colour pencils so he can join the other cats... or maybe a painting on canvas? Poor little fellow – welcome back Whacky Cat... mreow!

Whacky Cat - painted on the wall as part of a mural. If I remember correctly, he is staring up at some painted fish through a painted porthole...

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Journey Part 3 – Light of Hand

The Journey hasn't quite turned out how I first imagined it. It started out as an artistic adventure to bring Kazart back to life but instead the opposite happened. It evolved into something much more personal and hard to express resulting in Kazart shutting down for a few months. This is why it has taken so long for Part 3 to eventuate. Life and priorities don't always allow us the luxury of time to indulge in artistic pursuits or things that we enjoy. I say 'luxury' because spending time in my art studio has become a precious gift which I don't get to enjoy as often as I used to. Don't get me wrong – I'm not complaining – I now appreciate my gift more than ever before.

So The Journey continues... I've had some time to re-energise and catch up on things. Part 3 is an expression of where we are now – in a better place. I woke up at 4am one morning with a list of a million things I should do racing through my head so I got up and wrote it all down. One of them was to 'paint more of The Journey'. Scribbling ideas on a piece of paper, I felt excited...

The Journey – Part 3

I literally painted it just using my hands... it was so liberating. Basically I couldn't decide which brush to use, got paint all over my hands trying to squeeze paint out of an old dried up tube, then looked at my hands and thought, "What a waste?' So I turned and wiped it onto the canvas which then evolved into painting the entire canvas with my fingers whilst listening to Florence and The Machine over and over. Brush dilemma solved!

This was my hand after I finished the painting - and after I had rubbed off most of the paint!
Acrylic paint dries quickly! Note the red dot on my middle finger? I cut it on the surface of the
canvas somehow. Had to call it a day after that... didn't want red on my painting!

Part 2 was mostly dark with a burst of hope. Part 3 has turned it around. The darkness has been pushed back allowing light and warmth to rise, like a shield of protective energy, calming the storm left within. It may sound weird but remember, it's all about painting it as you feel it. I just let the painting happen. 

Until Part 4...  xo

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Phoebe - Fairytale

Phoebe felt trapped. She was unable to escape from the darkness within. All she wanted was to be free but there was no easy way out. Everything seemed impossible. The only thing that could save her was love – yep, just like in a fairytale – she just needed to believe. And then, by putting her trust in those who loved her, she could be free to live happily ever after. Of course, all her dreams would come true too... x

TRANSLATION of 'Ribbit!' (common Frog Prince latin):
"Phoebe, oh Phoebe, let down your golden hair!"
Phoebe - Fairytale
Original sketch in pencil. Redrawn using Illustrator. Colour and special effects added using Photoshop.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Phoebe - Sorry

Phoebe was so sick of saying sorry. She seemed to apologise for everything she did, said, thought… the list goes on. In fact, she said sorry sooo much that she decided to delete the word from her vocabulary altogether. It was time to stand tall and embrace her inadequacies and stop apologising for being… well, Phoebe?
PS. Phoebe is sorry for being away so long too x
Phoebe 'Sorry' - originally sketched by hand then redrawn and coloured using Illustrator. Background is a scanned painted canvas collaged into illustration using Photoshop. Hill and other spacial effects created using Photoshop.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Journey Part 2 - Constant Change

Life has been good lately but nothing in life ever stays the same. Everything is constantly changing, sometimes slowly, sometimes in a split second. Sometimes the perfect bubble of happy can explode in your face when you least expect it. Bam! Shock. Reaction! But life goes on...

Part 2 of The Journey is an expression of exactly that – constant change. It is an expressive reaction to emotion and shock. A battle between darkness and the light...
The painting has completely changed. I didn't intend this to happen but I painted it as I felt it on this particular day.

Not only has the painting taken a radical change of direction but my original plan of adding to it bit by bit has too. I found it very hard to just paint one section – it was too confining – before I knew it nearly the whole canvas was covered. I left my favourite bit from Part1 but then could not fight the urge to paint over it!

Until Part 3...

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

I LOVE Van Gogh faces

The other day I was flicking through some old art books in my studio and I came across a book called Van Gogh by Pierre Cabanne which I hadn't seen in ages. It reminded me of the first time* I ever saw Van Gogh's work and how much it moved and inspired me.

I also LOVE faces and distorted portraits fascinate me so when I found Van Gogh's 'Portrait of a Man (Joseph Michel Ginoux)', I just had to do my own version...
My Interpretation of Van Gogh's 'Portrait of a Man (Joseph Michel Ginoux)' - really enjoyed doing this! The beauty of doing a portrait of a distorted portrait for fun is that it doesn't matter if its a bit more distorted!? Instead of using oil paint as per original, I used Derwent colour pencils and black charcoal to finish for dramatic effects. Have I ever mentioned how much I  LOVE using charcoal?

*If I remember correctly it was 'The Scream' and 'Starry Night' in a book at school. I have LOVED his work ever since. It touched my soul almost as if I could feel and understand every expressive paint stroke and colour he had used. There was something so wild and exciting about his style... I wanted to paint like him.