I created this, tonight, to represent emotions and how only a small part of the body can send massive signals. I used a blank piece of cartridge paper to draw and paint eyes and allow watercolours to drip down to create the appearance of tears.
This is a very natural piece in the sense that I allowed the paint to drip and smudge where it desired. I used the watercolour first to create a base for the shadows and skin, then I went in with colouring pencils to create deeper shadows in the creases and create more colour in the eyes and brows. The last few steps were working in with an ink pen to introduce dark lines for hair and the pupil’s detail. The last step was going in with white acrylic to create a water/glass effect on the eyes and emphasise the reflection of light on the tears and eyes.
I really like the outcome of this piece because of the style of realism mixed with a slight abstraction of the disappeared face. I think this would look nice as a collection, built around this style, of multiple pieces.
During a London visit in 2012, an exhibition was held displaying the works of Mr. Brainwash. His work is greatly inspired by Banksy. The exhibition ‘exit through the gift shop’ displayed wonderful, imaginative creations with the words from Mr. Brianwash, admitting he is “Banksy’s biggest work of art”.
I loved the look of these pieces and as they seemed free-spirited and so fun to look at. There was everything from portraits created from broken records to paint splattered to all corners of the room. I found the exhibition very different to anything I’d seen before as nothing was in frames and if they were, they were graffitied or broken; I enjoyed myself and the whole atmosphere of the warehouse-looking space became exciting as soon as you went inside.
These pieces are sold for £26k for an original piece, or more but if you can’t spare that type of money, you can pick up a free souvenir poster on the way out. Just as I did!
During my visit to Denmark, in 2014, I came across a piece of street art called #HappyWall. I found this inspiring because anyone passing by could walk up and create a shape that made them happy or to make their mark.
This was a long stretch of wall which had a range of colours from the rainbow. This was so memorable for me because I found it amazing that it was a piece of art which used the public to create happiness and creativity on the streets of a busy city.