Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pop Caricature

I have been doing some oil painting but nothing to upload yet. So for now, I'll leave you with this digital caricature.

If you don't know who it is then either I've missed the mark or you're over 16.

justin bieber digital caricature
(Pop caricature - digital. 800x870px. © 2010, Andy Dolphin)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Still Life: Fallen Apples

Here's one I did a couple of weeks ago but never got around to posting until now.

Fallen Apples
20x24cm oil on panel. 
© 2010, Andy Dolphin

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wilson Tuckey - Digital Caricature

This one was a lot of fun.

I'm messing with different styles as I do these. This method takes a little more work because it lacks the hard black outlines so details have to be "painted" in - but it does give a very nice result.

politics wilson tuckey caricature

(Wilson Tuckey caricature - digital. 800x1000px. © 2010, Andy Dolphin)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Kevin Rudd - Digital Caricature

And now for something completely different.

I used to do a little bit of caricature during my time as a commercial illustrator but nothing too fancy. I haven't done any for a very long time, until this week.

Last night I tried doing a self-portrait caricature, with mixed results (according to my family). So tonight I had a go at our Prime Minister (update: ex-Prime Minister), Kevin Rudd.

politics kevin rudd caricature
(Kevin Rudd caricature - digital. 800x1000px. © 2010, Andy Dolphin)

This was done entirely in Photoshop. It's an interesting way to work and I might do a few more of these for fun. Maybe I'll work my way through parliament.


I couldn't go to bed without doing a caricature of Rudd's parliamentary opponent so here's one of the Federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott.

politics tony abbott caricature
(Tony Abbott caricature - digital. 800x1000px. © 2010, Andy Dolphin)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Preliminary sketch

I don't usually do preliminary colour sketches. I either work directly on site or from pencil sketches done from digital photos.

But I'm planning a large painting based on two paintings I did a couple of weeks ago near Princess Royal Harbour in Albany. The first painting was done en plein air and the second was a digital piece done using a photo of the scene, borrowing much of the colour scheme from my memory.

I want the large painting to have the flavour of the digital painting. I was concerned about getting the hues right since it is very warm with a pinkish sky and rich reddish-brown trees. The brightest highlights are yellow hues.

So before committing to the full sized painting I decided to test my colour mixes out on a small colour sketch.

(Evening at Princess Royal, 12x24cm oil on panel. © 2010, Andy Dolphin)

With this piece as a reference I have a strong starting point for the larger work. I hope to do that one next week.