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.

Exercise One- Warming up

For this task we were asked to do a temporary drawing by using materials we wouldn’t normally use, for example I used a suggested material such as pouring and dripping in washing up liquid into the sink. Here are my results:52630636_257939171793562_6639598988087525376_n52607847_388504848646694_8469191838559895552_n52917965_2209259775796986_7512554934995255296_n.jpg

In this task I just decided to have some fun, I found it therapeutic when pouring the liquid into the sink it was very nice to see it drop and drizzle easily. When I’d done that I went to get a cocktail stick to do a little drawing within the liquid with it; I soon found out you could do no such thing as the liquid would soon cover it back up. Instead I just went in with my finger and create movement in the liquid to create bold lines and just random patterns.

All in all, I didn’t doing this task, because when I draw I like my drawings to stay put and the fact every-time I would create a marking it got erased was annoying to me, yet when I used my finger it got a lot easier and I preferred it then. I do wish I had gotten someone to take a picture of me doing this yet I was home alone whilst doing this exercise.

Assignment One.

For this assignment we were asked to gather a bunch of items to create a still life piece of art gathering all the techniques we just learnt during our first few exercises and explore them more in one piece on either A3 or A2 piece of paper.

I decided to gather a bunch of kitchen utensils and objects therefore I had objects which connected in a way and looked right together and get a more realistic setting for my still life drawing, below is a picture of my sight:


As shown on this picture above I wanted to create some different angles for all of the objects so they’re not just next to each other, instead I hid objects behind others and leaned things onto each-other therefore it created more of an interesting piece of work rather than just drawings of the objects. I found also in my previous tasks I had used objects depending on there shape and how they looked as objects next to each other rather than them connecting in a theme and there use therefore I wanted to change that and choose something I haven’t tried before; that being using objects which connect and are used in the same way.

Below is a picture of my result:


In this drawing I wanted to use different techniques and materials which I have learnt to use and experimented with in my previous exercises, for this I first used a pencil to draft out my drawing and get all of the angles and shapes accurate, after this I went in more depth with my graphite and used different techniques such as cross hatching to show the darker tones and create some detail into my drawings. After this for the pan I wanted to go in with charcoal to get some more detail into this piece and work with a different material, in this part of the image I decided to use dots also to show the darker tones on the image.

All in all I found this piece went well, I think I wished I chose more intricate objects therefore I could’ve shown off my drawing skill more by showing detail within my objects yet I think I have shown the different techniques I have used within this piece. I like how the charcoal turned out and how I have learnt how to use this material more because in previous exercises I found it hard to control and do any type of tonal work with this material yet I am happy with the tones in this piece, I think this is just because I have become more used to using this tool and have adapted my drawing style with it. I think during these exercises and this assignment I have learnt different ways to present a drawing and how different materials can create different techniques within a drawing as well as focusing on the negative space as well as the positive space.

Material Differences.

For this exercise we were asked to do a large scale drawing of the room we have furthered in the previous task, we were asked to use a media which we were comfortable in using. We needed to use accurate tones and be confident when drawing the different tonal areas.

For this task I decided to use a soft pencil due to the fact I have used this material throughout this assignment and I felt most confident to achieve the best piece I could when using this material. I found this task was enjoyable and due to the previous exercises I was comfortable and used to drawing these objects and knew how the plan would be in my mind. For this task I decided to use A2 because I’m used to normally working on smaller scale therefore thought this would make my drawing more accurate due to my normal mind frame. Below is a picture of my result:

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I found this task fun, due to doing this several times to different rooms I’ve become used to drawing these types of drawings and being able to easily map out an interior and be used to the dimension of the objects I was drawing. I am happy with how the piece has turned out and I think I have advanced in my skills of drawing interior and being aware of the scale and depth of my drawings.

All in all I am proud of how my drawings have improved through these exercises and I am happy with how the overall image of this drawing has turned out. I think the tones and detail are accurate to my view.