Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dis orienta-Ted

This was just SO much fun to create :)

I wanted it to be colourful and to have a mischievious childlike fun element to it... something that would catch the eye with its quirkiness and encourage the viewer to stop and think... to not accept anything as given but to question everything just as Ted is doing.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dis orienta-Ted WIP 3

I've now finished the background and just have the girl, poor Disorienta-Ted and his hat which, from this way around, is falling away to the right hand side of the painting, left to paint.

Can you find the other confused Ted's hiding in the background? I promise I will post some closeups once the painting is finished to make it easier to see all the fun elements :)


Friday, September 14, 2012

Disorienta-Ted WIP 2

I've been working away at the background over the last few days morphing one angle of perspective into another. It's mind blowing at times, especially working on lighting direction, but a lot of fun too.

I thought you might enjoy seeing my progress so far. The big question is though... which way is up? or  more importantly for Ted if he were dropped and fell, which way is down! Is it you the viewer? would he fall right into your arms? Or would he fall onto the floor?

or if he is being held up in the air maybe sideways is down?

of course he may even fall right into the sky!

It does make me think... Which way am I going to actually hang the finished painting? I'm ahead of myself though... time to get back to painting :)


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Which way is which???

Disorienta-Ted WIP1

Ever had days when you feel like life is just too confusing? like you aren't sure what is going to happen next?

 I think we have all had these days... moments when you feel like even the basic things in life should not be taken for granted. You take a step forward and are just thankful that the floor is still there beneath your feet. These days, although hard, teach us to value the simple little things that too often we take for granted.

 But what if the floor isnt where you think it is! I thought this would be such a fun idea to explore in  my next -Ted themed painting. 

Poor Disorientat-Ted is more than a little confused and, believe me,  he wasn't the only one as I tried to wrap my brain around the changes in perspective I needed to create for my outline to work. 

 Maybe you can help Ted out. Look closely at my outline and see you you can work it out...He is being lifted up in the air isn't he???.... but wait a moment.... why is there a hot air balloon going up sideways? and aren't the windows on the wall sideways too?

maybe he is being held this way up instead?

...but then... eeek!he would fall right into the open window in a vertical wall!!! No wonder he is looking more than a little shocked..that just can't be right!

playing with single point perspective doesnt have to be boring :)

I have actually used three different angles of perspective for this painting, each of which morph into the other.

 Sorry about the lack of contrast in these photos. My pencil markings are very light so I have to reduce the contrast in them to get the image to show up for you at all. Hopefully you will discover more of the quirkiness of this painting as I begin to add the colour :) Just remember which way is up and where the floor is in reality.... I don't want YOU falling over while to try to work out which way is up in the painting!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Feature Artist for NWWS Hot Press Newsletter!

I am thrilled to be chosen as the featured Artist for the new Edition of the North West Watercolor society's Hot Press Newsletter. A special thank you to their editor Charlene Freeman for compiling the 5 page article and for publishing the article on her own website too.  Here is the first page below...