Unforgiven

Quick sketch from the other night. I’ve been re-reading some Elmore Leonard short western stories and did this last night on route home from Giant.

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Ok, so I’ve been ranting about procreate and its convenience for me recently. They’ve updated the app to allow various canvas sizes and users arent restricted to1408 x 1920? This was my first test of the new update. i did this image on a 4096x1714px canvas. Fun to think more cinematic when drawing, however, with additional features there were additional restrictions. Mainly with the larger the canvas, you are restricted to less layers. A compromise to which I didn’t know about before starting the image. This image was restricted to 4 layers only, so there was a lot of bouncing layers down and little I could do about it.

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Above uses a plastic bullet filter on top of the illustration as a bit of an experiment

Abstract Expressionism

I watched ‘Pollock‘ the other night. Its a biopic on the life of Jackson Pollock. I personally love abstract expressionism, there is nothing like the experience of locking yourself away in a room and attacking a canvas with paint. Its artistic therapy for the soul, a combination of conscientious thinking and releasing pure energy to express your thoughts in movement and colour.

The following day I put myself to the test and made an abstract expressionistic digital painting on the procreate app. I used one layer and restricted myself from using the undo button. The results:

This experiment felt good, I got a good deal out of it, and enjoyed the end result. However there were distinct synthetic failures to the whole process that broke my train of thought whilst painting.

Pros

  • It cost me nothing in regards to paint.
  • ┬áThe experiment gave me a lot of satisfaction.

Cons

  • As much as I wanted to, I could not stab and scrape the iPad screen as I would with canvas and paint. (I found myself hitting the screen a little too hard at times)
  • The iPad is tiny compared to some of the canvases I’ve painted on in the past and doesn’t allow full body movements to effect the painting.
  • The tools to paint with were limited to their programing
  • The paint obviously could not bleed past its pre-programed state.

Overall: Well worth the experiment, but now keen on getting out a large canvas to go at.

I had been introduced to abstract expressionism in art college to which I loved the theory and the process to it. I practiced it a lot in my youth. I always appreciated Pollock’s work but I never truly understood it until I visited the galleries in New York and saw several Pollock’s in the flesh. ‘Awe’ can hardly describe what I experienced……I suppose looking back to describe the moment…… I can visualise my brain exploding in front of a canvas………hopefully leaving a homage to Pollock’s work.

 

Cabana cafe

Cabana is a new cafe that opened up beside the studio. Some lovely food in there and even though its slightly pricey, it’s well worth a treat if you have the money once a week.

Here is a quick sketch of a lady deciding on her lunch.

Firstly a quick squiggle to get the shape down

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And then an additional 5 or so mins observing and throwing some detail on

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Hellboy

Saturday night in front of the tele with Rob & Roisin. So just sketching away……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another sketch from Friday. Was grabbing a coffee at DCU’s ‘the Helix’ and there was a bloke standing next to me whilst I was sitting. He was in deep thought, staring out the window and sipping coffee so I had a lot more time than I expected.

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