Monday, May 30, 2011

Bleeding Man

This guy is an extra from a violent crowd scene in the film "The Day Of The Locust". I found him in this book I bought recently by Mary Ellen Mark - 'Seen Behind The Scene'. It is exactly as it says it is; a book of behind the scenes footage from different films. It's full of great photographs like the one above, both celebrities and the unknown, but all the images are really obscure. They constantly make you look twice.

I've been a fan of Mark for a long time, I've had her photograph 'Amanda and her Cousin Amy' on each bedroom wall I've ever had since I was a teenager. She's a quirky photographer, very similar to Diane Arbus and yes, she's another photojournalist... are you tired of that?

Greylead pencil, with the blood coloured in photoshop. I did this by creating another layer on top of the drawing, in 'screen' mode, and then painted over the image in red on the bloody area. Really simple and quick.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Bon Scott + Groupies

10th drawing! Landmark! This week we have another photojournalist: Australian photographer Rennie Ellis. Among other things, he went on tour with AC/DC documenting their varied rock star shenanigans, both on-stage and off. This here is an example; Bon Scott backstage with a couple of groupies. I love this pic for the camp make-up on the girls, particularly the one on the right; she looks like she could be an extra from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. And Bon looks so bogan in his flairs and runners. So 70's.

I figured with the bright colours here I could play around with watercolours, so I did, then I photoshopped it. Same routine as always, I created a solid colour layer, in multiply mode, to warm up the tone. Then I couldn't decide whether to include a gradient (a fading colour) to show the floor so they're not floating in space, but maybe it looks too busy... I included both so you decide.

I really like this one... watercolours are always fun to play with and the colours came out really well. Hope you like! And look up Rennie Ellis for more camp Australian pics from the 70's -

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kid Crying

This is a photograph I found by American photographer Diane Arbus. I'm a huge fan of hers, I discovered her work back in high school when my art teacher gave me a book of her work and I've been in love ever since.

She was a photojournalist, which basically means she took pictures of real people. Her choice in subjects were unusual; she went to a nudist colony and photographed nudists in their homes, she took pictures of freaks, people with Down Syndrome, transvestites, teen gangs and women with garish 60's make-up. Her most well-known photograph is of a set of identical twins.

I like her because her photographs are real, they tell it like it is so there's no room for pretentiousness. And while the people she photographs look eccentric and sometimes even ugly, there's an honesty there that makes it beautiful. And I'm a sucker for anything to do with the 60's. But you'll never see these people you'll never see in an episode of Mad Men. Check her out, you won't regret it.

Too sad! I'll draw something more upbeat next week...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Guillame Canet

I don't know much about this guy other than he's French, he's an actor and my housemate thinks he's hot. Can't say I blame her.

I drew this in indian ink, then added some heart detail in the background because Paris is the city of love, right? Damn I'm original! I drew the hearts in Illustrator, then layered transparencies (literally making the hearts partly transparent) to show some texture and make the heart pattern look less flat. I also played around with using different shades of pink and red. Then I dropped it in photoshop and hit the multiply function onto the ready sketch. You can see the two layers alone below.

This was a request. If anyone would like me to draw someone or has any ideas, let me know and I'll be more than happy to have a go. The weirder the better!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Bryan Ferry + Jerry Hall

I haven't drawn many full body portraits, as opposed to just straight faces, and so I thought this photograph would be really good to draw in terms of looking at the form and the positioning of the limbs of the body. I also had another go at cross-hatching and, so happy, it looks much better here than it did for Alice Glass. Practice really does make perfect. Although I'm pretty sure Jerry's looking more like Claire Danes here. I'm not out of the woods yet...

I drew a basic outline with my pen before colouring in the bold black parts with a paint brush and ink, as you can see on the left below. After that, I added the cross-hatching detail to show tone. With cross-hatching, you need to layer short lines over eachother to create tone, the more 'crosses' you make, the darker the shadows get and it makes the drawing look more realistic. I thought about adding colour but decided against it; it looks fine as it is.