A while ago, a friend asked me if I could create a painting of The Stone Roses based on the famous black and white photograph of the four lads. He didn't want much changing from the actual photograph apart from wanting it more bright and colourful so I came up with this:
I aimed to give it a more stylised look rather than just trying to re-create a photograph, by blending the colours smoothly but downplaying the details slightly I think I managed to achieve this. However, some of the detail is lost in this photograph and slightly distorts a few areas, mainly Ian Brown's face, so to give you an idea of what his face actually looks like:
And to give you an idea of the size of it, it is balanced on a garden bench so it's pretty big!
I was looking through pictures of my old work when I came across a few old paintings. I studied Art and Design at college and for my final major project, I produced a series of paintings based on Derren Brown's live stage show, 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'...
I painted it on to mount board and made it in to a sort-of-book bound by metal rings.
Now I look back on it, perhaps it doesn't make much sense to anyone who hasn't seen the show but nevermind...
For the front page, I created a wooden rail and red velvet curtains to fit in more with a theatre theme.
For the second page, I took a few quotes from the start of the show explaining what he does. The image isn't from Something Wicked This Way Comes (I believe it was probably from the series 'Mind Control') but shhhh
Hammering a rather large nail in the nose
History on "Prestoni"
Plastic bag over the head to slow heart rate and walking over broken glass
After walking on broken glass. Getting head stood on whilst lying in glass.
End of the show!
The book also had a combination lock keeping all the pages together which is why there are small holes on the left had side of the page in the middle.
So now I look back on it, I can say 'ah whey, I was only learning how to paint' so it doesn't reeeeeeeeally look like Derren Brown etc etc but I was pleased with it at the time!