Artist Research- Sophie Peanut

This artist was suggested to me by my tutor to look into her style of work and look to see how her techniques are when coming to drawing portraits and to take inspiration from her art work.

Once I searched up this artists name I was amazed, I loved her style of work from the first moment I saw it, her work is so colourful and I love the way her work is cartoon form in some way yet her work still strongly represents the person she is creating through art work. I think her work is fun and represents a less serious look on the world with her fun bright colours and words she jots on the bottom of her portraits.


As shown on this picture above her work is fun and lets out a little lightened approach on some strong topics. Her portraits are fun and I like the way her tones and lighting are still relevant in her art work. The way she represents shadows and lighting on her work is very interesting as it’s like blocks of colours it’s not necessarily blended together it’s just different types of block colour which make the different tones noticeable. Her work doesn’t have too much facial detail yet I think it makes the piece more interesting with theĀ  simplistic look.

All in all I love the style of this artists work and has inspired me to try different types of tonal work and to experiment more with my style to see what works for me, it also has shown me that you don’t have to go full detail and tonal to make an effective portrait and it doesn’t have to look exactly like or a detailed look of the person it can be fun and still be just as effective.

Artist Research- Emma Stibbon.

During my last feedback I was suggested to look into some artists for inspiration and also to look how other artists work during drawing and other types of media. One of my suggest artists was Emma Stibbon which I automatically was drawn to as soon as looking into her style of work.

Emma Stibbon is a British artist born in 1962, her preferred media is print making and her style is monochrome working with landscapes and realism art. Her work is effective to using different tones she affectively creates detail within different shading of dark colours.

The thing I like about Emma’s work is the different tones and detail she puts into her work; I think the way she keeps all her work monochrome. The way she is able to do her tones to look realistic whilst only using black and white is really effective. This is clearly shown in a piece of work I have selected to use below:

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As shown in the picture above her attention to detail is phenomenal the fact she can make such accurate detail from pure tonal work with black is fascinating, I like her work as it’s almost so detailed it looks like a photograph. I would like to do an experimental of her style of work to see if I can try to work tones the way she does and experiment with different methods of this style of work, like working with inks and print work to see if that style works for me or not.

All in all, looking at this work has inspired me to look into my own work and experiment more with different types of media and also look into more detail whilst focusing more on my tonal work as clearly shadows and the effects you can make throughout the lighting can make a piece of art amazing.

Artist Research: Francis Hamel.

Whilst on a recent trip to London I went into the Victoria and Albert museum, whilst exploring round that amazing place I came across a new expedition called ” Behind the curtains”, this expedition is by a man called Francis Hamel and I was truly fascinated by the full thing; as you walked in there were long blue curtains behind and ahead you, the lighting was dim but it fit well with mood and as you looked down either end there were rows of portraits.

This expedition was done by Francis as he was commissioned in 2005 by theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh to paint portraits of the 27 visiting professors. Hamel has a longstanding relationship with Mackintosh and the theatre; along side the portraits were also a few pictures of his theatre paintings from ‘The Phantom of the Opera and Oliver”.

Below is a picture of the expedition and the layout of what I was describing earlier:


As you can see the lighting is done to the theme of theatre, for like bold lighting and then a dim over all feel and a single light above ever portrait. Along with the portraits there were some paintings the artist had done on chairs along the centre and his style of work was purely fascinating.


I found his paintings face really interesting and his work looked so textured, I found it good to gather ideas of how the lighting shows on a face to how the level of toning should be done on a portrait. Below is pictures I took of the some of the individual portraits:



His work with his brush is truly amazing and I find the texture he is able to make within his pieces is really interesting, the faces look so real and not only is it a painting he manages to bring character within his pieces. Looking at his work inspired me to work more on my tones and look in depth more on where the lighting hits the face as well as the real detail in someones face.

I think looking at his work has shown me you can just draw a picture and it can look amazing but if you can bring character within a single piece of art that is what makes the piece more realistic, the detail he has within the face is incredible and he really captures the look of the people he paints.



Response to assignment one feedback.

My response to my feedback from assignment one:

Firstly, when reading this feedback I was quite proud. I haven’t done any of this type of work or worked with some of the medias during assignment one so I was proud by what positive feedback I received, seen as I was new to this form of work and how things are set out I found it difficult to know whether or not I was doing the right layout of talking about my exercises in the right way but this feedback cleared my mind and I was deeply pleased by how positive it was.

During my feedback it was mentioned that during still life sketches I would sometimes draw what I thought was meant to be there or the shadows that would typically be on the object, when this was mentioned I had to think back and I realised that it could have been the problem. Some times I found myself getting a little confused on the lighting of where the sun hit it and when I mapped it out on my paper I thought it looked a bit odd so tweaked the lighting, however now looking at the feedback I know in future to show the visual lighting I see and get the most accurate of still life drawings I can. Even if the lighting and shadows may look odd I need to keep the realism and not let my mind envision something which isn’t there.

Furthermore, it was mentioned to spend more time doing some independent drawings away from the exercises therefore I am going to make a strong effort in doing quick sketches on the daily to help boost my drawing and visual skills in still life. My tutor also gave me an insight in some artists I should get involved in and research for some inspiration during this part of the course, therefore I think I will take more time in looking into different styles of work from different artists and get more inspiration in the different ways I can present my work.

In my feedback I got 4 bullet points of things I should aim for in my further work, one of them was to reflect on this feedback. The next point was to do more experimentation in my exercises and use a bigger variety of materials to learn how to have a wider range of skills in different materials not just a pencil. I was also then advised to do more observational drawings to widen my skills and get a better visual aspect on how things look when it comes to drawing, I will take this advise on board and take time to do sketches. The last point was to look into the artists she’d provided which I will take the time to get inspired by their pieces of work and learn different techniques.

All in all I was so happy with my feedback from this first assignment, seen as it was my first one and I was just getting to know how to present my work and how to fully talk about my exercises when uploading them. I am proud with how well I actually did for my first time doing something like this and I am looking more confidently at my next assignment on the course.

Research point


Interior artists.

When researching for contemporary artists which worked in the subject of interior I found lots of fascinating different ways of art. A lot of the work I found was bright, colourful and full of character. I found it interesting to investigate in different cultures of art work. Here is some of the artists I found most intriguing and looked into their way of work:

Roy Lichtenstein:

I found this artist when researching around, as soon as I set eyes on this mans work I was fascinated. I think it’s because in my earlier years we studied pop art and I found it really fun to create.

When looking deeper into this artist I found he didn’t mainly just focus on interior in fact he did a range of different subjects in pop art form. I found his art striking so I researched more into his career, I found out he only really did his comic book art till the late 60’s and then turned his work into more classic paintings which were inspired by other artists during or before his time working.

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I found his work interesting, in the way he uses techniques such as the quick likes and the dots in the mirror to show shadows and the lighting on his art is just plain white, I found this fascinating because it’s out of the ordinary and it makes the image pop, it takes time for you eyes to adjust. I think his work was very clever, the objects he draws were very fitting towards his era and clever to communicate and connect to the viewers of his work.

His work is very warming and inviting, his bold colours make it easy to enjoy and his message is simple enough for any view to be fascinated by. His style of work is a prime example of expression and how colour and the way lighting is shown can effect a full piece of art.


Vanessa Bell.

This artist I came across is the very opposite of my previous artist, her work is realistic and reflects the time of her paintings, her still life paintings are fascinating in the way her work is so real and her paint work is gentle.

As I looked further into the work of Vanessa I found she liked to capture people in the comfort of their living room, her work was based around the interior and heart of a person. To capture a person at their full comfort and to get a glimpse into the life of that person. I enjoyed and picked this artist because her work is just as amazing as my last artist apart from her movement and capture of work is different.

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In this picture above you can see that this artist has really captured this man in the comfort of his home and the detail to her image in amazing, this artist is more to terms with doing a full realistic painting. Her tone work isn’t mapped out like the last artist and she uses gradual different tones to change the lighting in the images.

This picture shows a different outlook on how interior can be presented, the is a more realistic take and there is far more detail involved than the last artist yet both are lovely piece’s of art. Their messages are different, but they both have the same subject just interpreted in different ways. I think her work really reflects of life for people back in this era and how the interior was shown and how people would present and use their living rooms back in this time.


All in all both artists have the same subject yet have different ways of showing their style of art. The image by Roy is much more fun and non realistic, done in the style of pop art, on the other hand Vanessa controls her work with realism and connects to her work with detail. Both artists have the same angle affect such as viewing it as person, straight on and how they view it; like I have been doing in my exercises. I found this research interesting in how artists reflect and do their outlooks on the subject of interior and the different way art has an effect on people.