Guthrie’s Art Journal

John Robertson
December 14, 2008, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Illustration, painting, political | Tags: , ,

‘if ever I should stop singing about music and politics’

While trying to find an American series of political paintings made in the ’90’s I’ve come across John Robertson. I think his political paintings are especially engaging and work for me as pieces of political illustration with their strong narrative component. I find the lively bright style of the paintings work well aesthetically as well as politically. He seems to have been quite prolific. He has no Wikipedia entry which maybe needs rectifying but there is an interesting biography of him on his web site. I really want to know what retail giant he was working for and is his work an attempt to off set this.

I’m still painting my letter which is really taking quite sometime – am I being too picky. You can see here it’s current state.
I’ve been using some online resources to challenge me and move the piece to a different level. The tutorial on CG society about eyes, this photograph googled and this BBC wildlife book.

I must admit that I probably could have handed over the pencil drawing to Jane but am being a bit selfish and using it to explore digital painting techniques. I’ve been using Painter, Photoshop and the Wacom I brought for this course to explore exactly what’s possible. The whole process has raised many questions, not the least of which is how photo-realistic does one go? Hockney has a very interesting discussion about art and the use of the camera obscura by renaissance painters. I think many would have been using digital paint and 3D software as well as digital photography if they were making art now.

Although there are many issues around digital art my contention is that the best of it still takes time and solid grounding in fine art principals. Many of the pieces I like from magazines like ImagineFX take up to 30 hours or so to complete.

Trivia note: Indesit use 3D art software Maya to design their white goods, this is certainly an interesting merging of art and design.