Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cheryl Cole

I thought it was about time I did another girl, and as I really fanci... er... admire the many talents of Cheryl Cole (of Girls Aloud and the X-Factor) I thought I'd try a painting of her. She's so "really really ridiculously good looking" I thought it would be hard to get a likeness but I'm very happy with this so far. (EDIT: finished now, although I might add a dress)


I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish you all Merry Christmas and say a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog and post comments, it's always great to get feedback and I really appreciate it :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Take 2


A slightly different take, I like it better.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

People are always asking me - do I know Tyler Durden?

Haven't had much time to do anything recently, I'm studying physics at the moment with the Open University and it's taking up so much free time! Still I hope to do some cariacture stuff over Xmas. This is a sketch of Brad Pitt from Fight Club.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Exhibition!


Some of my work is going in a caricature exhibition in Edinburgh soon! I must give a huge thankyou to Craig Rogalski for asking me to take part.

All the details are on this website: http://www.digitaldesignservices.co.uk/

I'm honoured to be showing my work alongside the other artists exhibiting, and pretty amazed! Check out the website and all the other artist's sites - they are all incredibly talented.

I'm on holiday in Wales all next week, hopefully I will have some new stuff to post soon after that.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yet another Joker :)


This is part of a Joker painting I've been thinking about for a few months now and not got round to actually finishing (or starting rather, as I have a big canvas waiting for brush and paint to be applied!). The full pic is much wider - cinemascope style. But I like this extreme close up more so I might paint it instead.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Crow



Brandon Lee as The Crow.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Final Keira painting


I went back to this and ditched the complicated background for a more painterly, old-fashioned oil portrait look which I think works better as it focuses you on the figure. Spent a long time on details here, I could carry on and on but I must quit at some point! I'm wondering if my wife will let me have a nice big metre-high print of this in the house...:P

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wolverine!


I'm loving this, really happy with it - a rare thing! Had excellent reference pics, that's 95% of it, but I'm very pleased with the painting and the details in this. Chuff-ed.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Hulk-out


Here's the pic of Edward Norton I did a while ago, as Bruce Banner - I've added a slightly different background, can you tell? :)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Heroes, Pt 1


I'm working on a group picture of characters from the TV series Heroes. This is Peter Petrelli, which will become part of the main painting - I'll post others on the way to the final thing.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Still in F***ing Bruges

Here's the idea for the full picture:



Will probably muck about with it a bit and then hopefully complete it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

In F***ing Bruges



I loved this film, original, quirky and very funny. Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes. Quick 30-45 min sketches, might do the third main character (Brendan Gleeson) and make a picture from them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Audrey Hepburn


Here's a sketch I did for the NCN forum competition, this month of Audrey Hepburn. Not very detailed but I might take it further at a later date.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Marilyn Monroe


Digital painting, I think I got a decent likeness with this attempt. I think the candle idea is slightly corny but compositionally I think it works ok.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Movie Nutters

Here's a couple of sketches of people I've tried to do before but found really difficult. I think I've got nearer the mark this time. I like the idea of having a collection of 'Movie Nutters' paintings! Hope they are recognisable...


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Dark Knight himself


Took me while but I got around to doing a picture of Christian Bale as Batman. I designed it to work as a companion piece to the earlier Joker digital painting I did. Looks Ok, the suit was fun to study.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Interview

I recently did a small interview for a local free arts magazine called Frequency, and they put my original Joker painting on the front cover! Here's the pdf of the magazine, my interview is on page 20:

http://www.frequencyalive.co.uk/editions/08-08.pdf

:)

Monday, August 04, 2008

Three viewings later...

...and The Dark Knight is now my favourite film. Ever. Will it stay there? It might drop a few places over time and further viewings (think I'll wait for the DVD now though) but I can't see it dropping out of my top five. It's phenomenal.

It's two and a half hours long but there isn't a wasted moment. Right from the word go it grabs you by the throat and does not let go. I can't remember a film that so completely drew me into the story and kept me there right till the end, building tension the whole way. It leaves you drained.

The performances are all excellent, of course the one getting all the press (and rightly so) is Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker. It's mesmeric, hilarious, terrifying and so powerfully charismatic that he does make an impact that casts a shadow over the rest of the cast. But he was given an incredible script to perform, much of the characterisation of the Joker is on the page to begin with. Oscar for Ledger? Given that Anthony Hopkins got one for Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs I'd say it's highly likely. Ledger's Joker makes Jack Nicholson's look like Harold from Neighbours. Unforgettable.

But as I say, all the cast are great - Bale, Eckhart, Gylenhall, Caine, Freeman and of course Gary Oldman - all are superb and all have important moments. No one is left out of the show.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the film is nominated for many more Oscars - direction, screenplay, special effects (seamless) and score (awesome, especially in the opening scene). Best film? Why not? It's a landmark because it takes the big budget, summer-blockbuster comic book movie to heights I never thought it could reach, and that must be a scary thought for future film-makers because it will now be the measure that other films of this nature are judged by. Which makes it hard to wonder how they could top it, if the team decide to make a third Batman film? I think they should, but I think they should switch genres and not try to out-do TDK. Maybe a dark psychological thriller set in Arkham Asylum? Who knows, I can't wait to find out though :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I know what you're thinking...


..obsessed much? And I haven't even seen the film yet! 10 and a half hours till I do :)

This was a very fast painting for me, no real planning went into it either. Hit and hope I guess. A1 size acrylic on canvas.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Here's my card!



Prints available from www.caricatureclub.co.uk :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Let's put a SMILE on that face...


Yes another Joker picture! Well, this is a quick sketch of an idea I liked, again this will probably become an A1 acrylic painting - once I've finished Ed Norton!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Edward Norton


Big fan of this actor (probably obvious considering my interwebs username) - with this I wanted to have a portrait style pic with the Hulk 'gamma eyes'. Plan is to paint this in acrylics, A1 size like the Iron Man one I did a while back.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lost - Sawyer


Another Lostee - hope to do a few more of these soon. This needs a bit of touching up I think but I'm pretty happy with the likeness, this guy was a lot more difficult than I expected!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Benjamin Linus


My favourite character from Lost - Ben Linus. Lots of fun to caricature him.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Progress


I've put some more work into this digital painting, still think I might have a go at painting it traditionally too - love to try and get that silk painted realistically!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

From the ridiculous to the sublime...

Digital sketch, I'm thinking I might get a tall, narrow canvas and paint this really big. It's Keira Knightley from the movie Atonement, and I wanted to caricature her in a way that kept the beauty and didn't go down the 'skin and bones' route.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Manson colour version

Here's the colour version - I mucked about with acrylics to try for a different feel for this subject. The background is very dilute blue paint slapped on with a big brush in a wash and then a lot of pale red slapped on and allowed to run down the board (I rotated it to paint the figure as i wanted blue at the top and red below). Then I dry brushed black over it to pick up the texture of the thick gesso I primed the board with.

For the figure I used more watered down acrylic again, a bit like water colour in some ways, with similar colours to the background.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Marilyn Manson


This is a pencil sketch for the NCN monthly competition, hopefully I'll get time to do a colour version soon. Haven't done much recently, been on holiday and my Open University course is taking up a lot of free time! Must get back on the horse quickly!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Welcome to Caricature Club!

My new site is up and running! Probably lots of mistakes and bugs but it seems to be pretty much OK. Quite pleased with it actually.

http://www.caricatureclub.co.uk/

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New website on the way...

...which will have the name:

Cool huh? Still building it at the moment, got a lot to do yet but hopefully it'll be ready in a week or two. Already it's a lot better than my old one :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Million Dollar Baby - final pic


Finished off the Million Dollar Baby picture (Clint Eastwood and Hillary Swank) in Photoshop in the end, tried a lot of different background ideas - not sure if this works or not! It has a nice feel about it I think.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, R.I.P.


Very sad that this great author has died. Still, 90 is a pretty good innings as they say. His books had a huge influence on me, in particular Childhood's End, A Fall of Moondust (an absolutely excellent 'disaster' thriller) and of course the amazing Rendezvous with Rama and 2001: A Space Odyssey (and their raft of sequels). An amazing man and a great loss.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Yeeee HAAA!


This was fun. Not sure whether to take it to a finished state digitally or do an acrylic painting of it. Wonder if the wife will mind having pictures of a semi-naked Jessica Alba hanging about the house...? Hmm. :)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Teaser


Working on a couple more digital paintings at the mo, here's a teaser (a very appropriate name) for one of them. It's a lot of fun!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

So it goes...


Quick study of an author I'm just discovering - Kurt Vonnegut. Slaughterhouse 5 is a great book.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I do love varnishing...


...it really deepens colours, blacks especially, and has brought this painting back from the brink. Still kind of not happy with it, but it's got the right mood I think.

Ooo I'm a poet and I don't know it lol :)

Monday, March 10, 2008

That Mitchell and Webb look...



A quick go at a favourite double act :)

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Progress on Iron Man



Still painting this, it looks much better in photos than in real life oddly! Finding this one difficult because I'm not really sure what I'm doing... nearly finished though. Will look much better when varnished, that's for sure.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Elizabeth I


Always liked Cate Blanchett especially in Elizabeth. Watched the sequel (The Golden Age) the other day, not so impressed with that but she was as brilliant as ever. This is another digital sketch, not sure where I'll go with it yet.

Throw in a little hot rod red...

Working on the Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man painting now - metal is a b@*~#! to paint and I'm not sure it's going all that well... here's the progress pics:





Oh and while I think of it, here's a link to the latest trailer for the movie - which looks to be literally made of awesome. Iron Man and The Dark Knight - looking like two great (non)superhero flicks! Compare and contrast... ;)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Quick digital sketch


This took about an hour, and my rule was DON'T sample any colours from the reference photo (I do that far too much). It's Bertrand Russell by the way...:)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Ye Olde Iron Man

OK, so I wanted to do caricature of Robert Downey Jr. reminiscent of a portrait, and then I thought about traditional old portraits of men in suits of armour... a quick google found me a pic of a painting with the right feel:

And so this is the sketch for Ye Olde Iron Man pic:

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Robert Downey Jr.

Haven't had any luck caricaturing this guy yet so I thought'd I do a sketch just to get an idea of how his face works:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Finally...


... the Joker painting is finished. 48" x 30" acrylic on canvas. Couldn't resist a final little touch to add a bit of (much needed) humour :)