Mike Giblin Caricatures

Mike Giblin’s Caricatures

A few weeks ago, the fantastic caricaturist and character designer Mike Giblin announced that he would no longer be updating his blog, and as a thank you to his readers, he offered a free caricature to the first three readers to email him.

I was one of the lucky ones, and last week I received my incredible caricature. One of the reference photos I had sent Mike also had my girlfriend in it, and he had kindly done a caricature of her too! Here they are:

Mike Giblin Caricatures

Those who know us will know how perfectly Mike has captured us in these pictures. He seems to have an uncanny knack for expressing the essence of a person’s character in a very simple style, which I guess is what makes him such a good character designer.

We’ve had loads of people asking us where we got these, and referred them all to Mike’s website. If you want to get one of your own, check out www.mikegiblinillustration.com

Right Brain Rockstar is Live

In other news, my new blog that I mentioned in my last post is launching tomorrow, but I’ve opened early for advanced viewing, so you can head over now to Right Brain Rockstar, and please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Art School

Back to School, and a New Blog

I’m very excited. Next week I am starting to study classical art with Jonathan Hardesty’s online atelier.

For a long time I have been wanting to do some formal art training, and I’ve become very interested in the classical atelier approach to art instruction. This involves learning to draw and paint through a series of projects including bargue drawings, cast drawings, master copies, and finally full colour paintings.

I had considered enrolling at an actual atelier, but a bit of research turned up only two atelier schools in the UK, both of which are in London. I toyed with the idea of spending a year studying in London, but soon decided against it due to the expense, the upheaval, and the commitments I have here in Sheffield.

So I needed another option. I have taken an online art course before, Jason Seiler’s Art of Caricature at Schoolism.com, and I was very impressed with the way it worked, so I figured maybe I could do something similar again.

A bit more research landed me at Jonathan’s site. I checked out his paintings, watched some of his YouTube videos, and was sold. I’ve been in touch with him, and I will be starting on Monday!

I will be posting images here of all the projects I complete along with my thoughts on the learning process. I hope those will be of some interest.

More Exciting News!

What, more?! Yes. I have spent the last few weeks working on a new blog called Right Brain Rockstar. The site will be a source of information and inspiration for anyone who would like to make a living out of their creative talent.

I have long since wanted to do art full-time, but until recently I’ve never had the motivation that’s required to do something about it.

Now I am working toward that goal, and my new blog will document my journey, and hopefully inspire other people to join me in my quest to make creativity my day job!

The blog is scheduled to launch on Monday 28th November, but you can go there now and join me on Twitter or Facebook, or join the mailing list, and you will be the first to know when the site goes live. Let me know what you think of the idea in the comments below.

I will continue to use this blog to talk about my art, speaking of which, here’s a video of a figure drawing I did a while back. This was originally published on an art tutorial site I started, but I’ve decided to abandon that and any tutorials or demonstration videos I make will be published here from now on. Enjoy!

Grisaille in Acrylics

Quick Grisaille in Acrylics

Here’s a video of part of a sketch painting I did last year, but I only got around to editing the video this week.

You can see the finished sketch below.

A grisaille is a monochrome painting, traditionally painted in shades of grey (the word grisaille is from the French gris, meaning grey), but it can really be done in any colour, and shades of brown are quite common, as it can mimic the colour of skin.

This grisaille was done in acrylic paint in about 30 minutes. With acrylics, you don’t get much time to work with the paint once it’s down on the canvas as they dry so quickly. I’m going to do a grisaille in oils next, and I’ll record part of the painting process.

Here’s the finished acrylic sketch. Let me know what you think.

Grisaille in Acrylics

Grisaille in Acrylics

Jeff Buckley Sketch Painting

Getting Back Into Painting After a Break

Ok, I haven’t done much painting for quite a few months, but now I’m itching to get back into it.

I’ve had this half-finished Jeff Buckley painting lying around for months, and today I finally got round to doing some more work on it.

I don’t think I’ll take it any further, but it was fun to throw some paint around the canvas again, and get the old arms loosened up!

Here’s the painting in its current state:

Jeff Buckley Sketch Painting

Jeff Buckley Sketch Painting

It’s not a piece I’m particularly taken with, but it was a great reintroduction to painting after a pretty long break, and working in monochrome helped me build my confidence again without getting distracted by colour.

I also filmed part of the painting process, which I intend to do more of in future. I’ve created a short montage video, so you can see a bit of how it came together. Let me know what you think.

This was an acrylic painting, but I think it will be my last, as I have now embraced oils as my medium of choice, so look out for some new oil paintings coming soon!