Thursday, July 23, 2015

Painting Patricia: process shots

A freshly stretched and primed canvas.

Underpainting with a colour complimentary to her skin tones, using sketches from our first sitting and some photographs I took.

I wanted to have a warm red glow under the white background with potentially some shadows.

Using acrylics and binder medium to spread the paint thinner while keeping a slight glossiness. Normally I paint with oils so this was a fun experiment. I used both palette knives and brushes.

This was after our second sitting, where Patricia sat in my lounge room and smiled for over an hour. After painting her head and neck/shoulders while she was with me I then finished the rest of the painting using photos I'd taken as reference material.

...And done!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

'Same' - a children's book

By Katrina Roe and... myself! Published by Wombat Books.

This is the third children's book I've illustrated, and it's now on the market! A box of them arrived last week on my front doorstep - how very exciting!!

'Same' is a book about difference, acceptance and finding common ground. It's based on a true story.

I had so much fun with this book - and got to use not only coloured pencils and water colours but even some crayons! It's pretty wild...

We're planning to have a couple of launches for 'Same' in August, but if you're wondering how to lay hands on a copy, the book can be bought direct from the publisher's website.