Guthrie’s Art Journal


Moving
June 2, 2009, 3:47 am
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Lux Interior 28.03.09

This will be the last post for my blog at this location.

The new blog is surprise surprise guthriewatson.wordpress.com. I know I can tell your all shocked!

Anyway here’s a quick sketch that I’m going to us as a basis for a digitally painted portrait of the late Lux Interior. It’s a composite of about fifty photo’s and my memories of the pasty white boy rocker!



RIP Lux Interior
March 25, 2009, 12:40 am
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Lux Interior sketch
Lux Interior (The Cramps) sketch for facial features

Sadly Lux Interior, the singer for the Cramps and an inspiration in my younger years, passed away in February. I’ve decided that a good tribute would be to do a painted illustration.

Lux and the Cramps draw upon trash horror, rockerbilly and Vegas glitz as their visual hallmarks entering the seventies punk scene with a raw and unique sound.

Lux is the perfect character study for me and looks much like my Funeral Director with a long pale face, often dressed in black, although no Victorian would’ve heard of PVC!

I’ve collected a bunch of photo’s and have been copying them to try and get into his look before coming up with my own composition for the piece. Initially I thought Lux on a thrown as the king of Psychobilly with ghouls as his subjects but on reflection a more staged piece with him crawling or screaming mic in hand would be better. Something with the movement and energy of his live performances!

This sketch was one of the more successful perhaps because it was larger or maybe that the photo was somewhat better. It would have been a dream job to paint an actual portrait while he was still alive!



G is for Gruesome and just a little darker…
March 2, 2009, 11:26 am
Filed under: Art, digital art, Drawing, Illustration, Painter, Photoshop
G is for Gruesome 7
A swift ‘darkening’ of G is for Gruesome

I noticed when I was preparing this piece for print today that the distribution of tone was very even making the image very flat.

This was not my intention so I worked it over in photoshop some more to try and create greater variation in tonality and give it a darker feel.

A photoshop technique I’ve learnt recently worked well. Basically you use the dodge and burn tools – so quite a photographic approach – to darken and highlight your image. I pushed quite extensively at the whole image to give it greater contrast. It’s definitely less flat and a little less friendly, but not really as menacing as I’d like.

Overall I think it’s an improvement as the previous version was a great deal flatter and a bit lifeless for it.



A study of mutes
February 24, 2009, 12:24 am
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Study of mutes
Quick study of Victorian mutes – dressed up and ready to morn!

This sketch, a study or a pair of Victorian mutes, was from last week but a great test of my new A3 scanner.

Scanning joy! The thing that really got me is that these guys would do some sombre morning for you but you could also hire screaming ladies who would rip at there clothes and that the tradition of ‘professional’ mourners goes back millennia.

Strangely there are no photo’s of the screamers or you tube videos! ;)

I find it bizarre that you would pay someone to hang around your funeral (well at least one you’d organised) and weep or look sombre.

Clifford July 2008
Clifford from the life drawing salon class in Bethnall Green

I just thought we needed something else here a little less grim, so here’s one of my life drawings from last year, also thanks to mr Scan Express. Cheap Mustek A3 scanning action I don’t ordinarily go for cheap but I really wanted to see how much use it would be as a studio tool before I stump up stupid money for the good ones!

Or maybe I should just draw smaller!



Sketchy Albert and the Victorian’s
February 13, 2009, 10:10 pm
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sketchy albert
A sketch made from the photo “Victoria and Albert at home.”

I really enjoyed this very quick research sketch and it seemed like the perfect start to my visual research on Victorian clothing and life.

I’m having one of those moments where you see things technically not right but somehow the result is still pleasing. The temptation to ‘fix-it’ oh it’s just very strong but I’ve resisted and it’s possibly why I’ve pretty much just run straight to the scanner. Almost like it will disappear if I don’t digitise it!

So that’s my quick sketchiness for today.



Ol’ one eye
February 9, 2009, 10:14 pm
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ol' one eye

Ol’ one eye pen and ink monster

Absolutely loving my new calligraphy pen.

I’ve had the inks for ages but I really like the fluid effect and bold contrast that you get with a calligraphy pen.

I went for the vermilion and straight black not really knowing quite how it was going to work together.

The black shows up really subdued on this sketch pad but it really works with the burnt orange of the vermilion ink. Definitely going to play around more with this for quick as you like sketches!

The idea to buy the pen came from reading Concept Design 2 which I got at christmas.



The grave digger and the spaceman
February 7, 2009, 9:33 pm
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the grave digger
The grave digger and the spaceman
hat and shovel
Hat and shovel

More random sketch book moments…

I don’t know why but the whole Undertaker theme seems to be developing. I kind of like the raw Victorian looking characters and I’m starting to exploring more elements hence the hat and the shovel.

I’ve been wondering exactly what period clothes look like, detail can be everything or at least interesting. Certainly good to research.

What does a Victorian shovel look like (hehe)!

The spaceman is just an experiment although I think he looks a bit more like the Stig than a spaceman.