Monday, May 12, 2014

Digital portrait painting

This is a fairly fast portrait painting (probably about 4-5 hours max) done in Photoshop. I feel like I'm getting a handle on this type of work and I really want to spend much more time doing this sort of thing if I can :)

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Prof. Alice Roberts portait

Continuing the scientists theme I seem to be building, this is a digital portrait painting of Professor Alice Roberts who is a well known science TV presenter, author, clinical anatomist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham.

With this I was trying to both keep a really loose painterly look, while also having plenty of detail. It's something I see other artists achieving beautifully but I find very tricky to get right. I think this works ok, but I may have over-rendered the face - the skull and hands are better. A good learning experience anyway :) What scientist shall I do next...?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Prof. Lawrence Krauss for The Skeptic Magazine

One awesome physicist (Sean Carroll, see earlier post) is swiftly followed by another - Professor Lawrence Krauss! Although this was done quite a while ago and is my more usual caricature (starting to want to do portraits instead these days, not sure why!). This was fun, as there's a time gap between painting it and looking at it again now I really don't like some of it, but I like the blackboard idea anyway (that's real physics! Don't ask me what they all mean though).

You can subscribe to the brilliant Skeptic Magazine here :)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Portrait of cosmologist and author Sean Carroll

This was done in an afternoon, for fun really - I'm a big fan of Sean's books and lectures so it was great painting this while listening to talk of bosons, leptons, quantum fields etc. Here are links to a couple of his books and a couple of great lectures:

The Particle at the End of the Universe: The Hunt For The Higgs And The Discovery Of A New World

From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

Lecture: Poetic Naturalism

Lecture: The Particle at the End of the Universe

Farage and Clegg for The Week

This was a fun job to do as I'd been quite looking forward to caricaturing Nigel Farage for a while. The idea was to have him standing victorious over Nick Clegg in a wrestling ring. After struggling to get an idea that worked, I did a sketch that I thought worked really well:

Unfortunately the focus needed to be Farage rather than Clegg and from above rather than below, so I re-jigged the whole thing and came up with a different composition (not as good but more appropriate):