This little image gallery shows the process paint sketches which led to the final piece on the gold background.
I’m not a natural planner, I struggle to sit down and do meticulous preparation for paintings, perhaps that’s a discipline I would have learned if I had academic training in art. I much prefer working with spraypaint to traditional drawing materials, I can test a concept quickly and I think this method of preparing for paintings will stay with me for a long time now.
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.