Surf’s up!

I can’t remember getting a birthday present from my brother, I don’t think he’s ever got me anything.

Unlike the lucky guy who’s brother not only got him a custom board, but also gave me the board to whip up a little happy birthday lettering with custom family portrait…how thoughtful! I wish I could be reincarnated into this dudes family, looks like they have a lot of fun.

The board itself was more of a challenge than I expected. The markers that have a very limited colour palette and unlike paint, blending and shading doesn’t work particularly well. The piece was executed with line work and stippling rather than smooth grades of shading.  Posca paint markers are also very flat and chalky so I’m hoping the final coast of fibre glass makes the colours ‘pop’ a bit more.

I’d really like to do a few more of these, focusing on large images filling the whole board. I really like doing these customisations, working on canvas feels a little static, these types of things are fun and energetic.

A drawing with Spray paint is still just a drawing

This piece is a reworking of two simple ideas I used in earlier graffiti pieces. Both ideas tried to connect graffiti and drawing.

The first one showed normal New York style graffiti with section made to look hand painted or hand drawn. I think I did about five of these between 1998 and 2002, with the last version in 2002 being the more successful one.

The second idea was to simply replace one of graffiti writing most iconic style elements, the arrow, with pencils and paint brushes.

This piece is a further development along these lines. The motivation for this piece is  my continual dismay that people still get so upset and feel challenged  by what are simply my ‘big drawings’.

Colour Box Studios - Footscray (Melbourne western suburb)
Colour Box Studios – Footscray (Melbourne western suburb)

If you are in Melbourne you can visit the space. go to http://colourboxstudio.com/ for details

Delicate spray paint sketches

I’ve always enjoyed the immediacy of spray paint. Working quickly is a luxury while working fulltime and trying to pursue painting in my spare time.

The challenge with spray paint though is scale (it’s best suited for larger works) and texture. Spray paint is typically quite flat. Stencil artists overcome this by letting a little over spray or drips through their stencils or masked areas. More traditional graffiti character masters often take the approach of highly rendered illustrations replicating the smoothness of air-brushing, or larger works that are like hyper-realism.

With these sketches I’m trying to work quickly, on a smaller scale with a soft technique rather than solid colour, enjoying the natural drips and marks of the spray paint rather than hiding them. There’s been a lot of absolute failures, here’s one or two that are kind of moving in the direction I like.

An obsession with the female face

Some older examples of painting the female face.  I’ve never formally studied painting or potraiture although I have done a little bit of life drawing. Most of my work has tended to lean towards solid lined work because of my graffiti background.

In future posts I’ll share newer work which has less rigid linework as I break away from what I learned through my early graffiti work.

Blast from the past: Scribble Jam 10 years on

A little blast from the past…10 years ago I was footloose and fancy free, travelling overseas. My active days as a graffiti writer were already long behind me but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to particpate in the painting sessions at the famous Scribble Jam in Cincinatti.

more photos at       http://www.graffiti.org/cinci/cinci_1.html

A break in the rain – photos updated

A Melbourne winter can really get you down, so it’s nice to make the most of a sunny day.

My friend Mikey had organised permission to paint a wall on an Indian restaurant. With my own wedding planning at the fore of my mind I decided to paint a Hindu Bride to stay on them for the site.

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Spray paint sketches

When I decided to try and revive my painting practice I started out determined not to use spray paint…but it’s just so practical considering I have little time to waste. Here’s a few little sketches from a recent session.
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