This portrait is somewhat out of sequence in relation to the recent paintings. It's from one of my sketchbooks and I rattled it off in about twenty minutes one evening in early December 2011. It was one of those sketches that simply drew itself; every line seemed right and the whole thing was effortless - to use a contemporary idiom, I was in the zone. It's weird the way it sometimes happens and to this day I've not been able to reliably get myself into the zone at will, which can be infuriating on those occasions when things simply do not go well and everything seems difficult. Strange, strange processes at work. Until today, I hadn't seen this sketch from the time I initially drew it, and looking at it…
Mmmm. This vector business is hard enough just trying to create static forms, but trying to impart a sense of movement - that’s tricky. Here’s an attempt to do just that with a mallard coming in to land. Must be quackers. Grateful acknowledgements to Alan D. Wilson for Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) use of source photograph. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/360302/mallard
The fun with vectors continues. Starting to get fast and loose now. I’ve tried to capture something of the sheer mass and power of this wonderful animal. Since I first posted these images, I've created a larger version (1400 pixels wide) with added noise to increase the sense of texture and freedom. Click on the image above to load the this latest version. Grateful acknowledgements to http://www.yunphoto.net for use of source photograph.
Somewhat inspired by the art of Florian Nicolle, I decided to have a go in a similar vein, though using vectors instead of mixed media. Very interesting exercise in getting to grips with technique. As greater artists than me have always had it, if you are going to steal, then steal from the best.