Such a beautiful place to travel through, a country full of the friendliest people I've ever met. We travelled through quite a bit of the island, mainly by scooter, and we just tried to see as much as we could in the 2 weeks that we were there for. The tourist traps were the first on the list, rice terraces, monkey forests etc, and then we sort of just picked out areas on the map we thought might be interesting. I didn't really have my camera out that much, but these are a few notable images from the trip, mainly of the locals.
I've been a fan of Radiohead for a long time now, and i've always found inspiration in their music. Since I seem to always listen to their albums on repeat when I paint, it only seemed fitting that I paint Thom Yorke. So here he is, the humble musical genius of our time.
There's something very striking about that sort of pose, side profile, chin up, soft light hitting the front of the face. That's what had me want to paint from Julia Noni's photography. This one in particular is of model, Melina Gusto. Again like my last portrait, I kept it close to the original, with no major changes of my own, only very subtly in the details but that's it really. This colour palette isn't what I'd normally work with but having done so has now introduced me to new ideas. Doing frequent studies like this helps with general practice and definitely introduces you to new challenges.
The more time goes by, the pickier I seem to become with what I want to paint. Something really has to stand out before I even consider painting it. But every so often, I'll get the rare moment where I stumble across something that I feel works perfectly. Sometimes I may interpret it my own way or, in this case, going for a sort of "quick, rough, hyperrealistic study... sketch" that is more or less close to what the image may look like, but sort of.. rough I suppose. It's nice to sometimes just browse images on instagram when I'm not feeling particularly original or inspired with my own work. It's good practise, and it's a lot of fun. The original photograph used as reference is of, and taken by, Benjamin Hardman, check him out on Instagram, he's a super talented photographer based in Iceland.
This is probably one of my favourites that i've done as of date - A portrait of Emmie (@emblu). Took around 20 hours all together, spanning over 3 days. I'm trying to push out a lot more work at the moment, seeing if I can get myself to draw every day, not necessarily aiming to finish something daily but to just get into a better habit of pushing myself to create all the time. I know i'm capable, and i'd say so far so good. My eyes are killing me now though, extremely strained, bloodshot and in need of a good rest. Tomorrow will be a chill day.