Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Nude Dude

A test image for a technique I wanted to try - creating blocks of colour over a dark background, rather than drawing lines over the top of the colour as I usually do. It took me more than a few hours at the wacom tablet to create all of the individual shapes (621 objects with 3466 points in case you were wondering) but I think that it was worth it in the end.

And come on now, I know you're wondering - how come he's wearing his birthday suit? Well the nude portraits by Lucien Freud were one of my main inspirations for this image so I thought that I would put my prudishness aside and just go with it.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Inshallah Surfboards

Surfboards with beautiful, intricate islamic designs. What's not to like - I have always thought that boards were a perfect canvas and a great way to get art out of the galleries and into the real world.

More interestingly are the artist's motivations - in response to aggression he has reacted with collaboration. Can his constructive art go some way to repairing the partisanship and animosity expressed in the Cronulla riots? Visit the Australia Art Guide for some description and analysis.