For a while now I've been planning to challenge myself with a personal project, one that I haven't attempted since art school; a self portrait. I've been doing a number of editorial portraits lately, but this project felt very different to me. I'd explained to a friend that it was a completely different way of working on a portrait, because I sometimes knew what features were so familiar in their placement and colouration, I'd forget to look at my reference. That's not something I tend to run in to when I'm working on a portrait of someone I'm not very familiar with. This image is the finished portrait. I'd taken a few process photos, but they were mostly terrible shots, so I'm not including those below in this post. I get questions concerning how I build a painting up, so I'll be sure and take better photos to share in the future.
I'm in the middle of a busy time, but wanted to clear my head and try something (sort of) new. After taking a few good long days to finish this, I'm back to work and feeling refreshed.
It's a little belated, but happy new year, everyone! To say that I have a little catching up to do on this blog is a bit of an understatement. It's quite embarrassing how behind I've gotten on this thing. (Perhaps I should use this post as a job listing for a new studio assistant??). Even though very little has been posted here in the last… month… s… I plan to go back through the work I've done over the past while and update what I've been up to during this hiatus.
So; since my last post, some exciting projects have come over my desk. One in particular was a solo show that I worked on over the summer, and opened at Hellion Gallery in Portland in November. I've got photos of the two new paintings I did for the show that I'm fixing up, and will do a proper post in a couple of days. I also worked for TIME Magazine for the first time this September. I was asked to do a set of nine portraits for them for an article on the Clinton Global Initiative; among the portraits were ones of Bill Gates and Brad Pitt, which was a lot of fun. I've been working for nearly a year now as the regular weekly illustrator for The New York Times Magazine's back page; the Lives article. It's been a wonderful job so far, and I'll post a few below with links to their articles.
Seriously!? I don't think there's a single person on this list that I don't admire. This job was an absolute joy. I particularly liked being able to paint local writer/ director Sarah Polley. Very exciting.
I'll update with further work in an additional post or two in the next few days.
To close off this first post of 2014: some New Year's resolutions; drink more water, take my vitamins, keep this thing updated like a responsible freelance illustrator...
I've found out about some pretty great contemporary artists through Beautiful Decay in the past, but one of their more recent posts found me falling in love with the work of painter Jeremy Miranda. His work is some of my favourite that I've seen in a long, long time. Seriously; look at this stuff:
To view more of his beautiful work, (including watercolour studies- swoon!), visit his website, blog or shop to buy originals and prints.