'Everything Must Go' by Sophia Al Maria
Third Line Gallery, Alserkal Av (Al Quoz)
'Inside the Fire Circle' by Mounir Fatmi
Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Alserkal Av (Al Quoz)
Found some beautiful chunks of Indian indigo in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Dubai, UAE. The large handful cost only 30 AED/11 AUD for 100 grams from a spice vendor.
The plan is to powder, bind and polish this pigment into a blue paint. A 150 ml tube of quality oil paint in a deep blue can cost up to $155. This will be an interesting experiment since I am highly allergic to the cobalt III that can be used to colour the media.
Process photos of my large canvas that was featured at the Dubai International Horse Fair, 2017, UAE. Portrait of KA Damascus by Kehilan Arabians (TX) and drawn with owner permission.
Painted on 14 OZ primed canvas, 2.4 x 2.5m in graphite and oil paint. Scroll down for technical info.
1. Mock up line work and dark areas with pencil and smudge sticks.
2. Mock up the extreme darks with a graphite powder paste (graphite powder + turpentine) and blend out mid tones.
3. One paste is dry, brush off excess graphite with a dry brush. I use soft squirrel hair.
4. Fix graphite with spray varnish.
5. Add highlights and light grey tones in white oil paint.
6. Let the oil cure. Brush with dry graphite powder to blend oil/graphite edges.
7. Fix with 8 layers (MINIMUM) of spray varnish.
Faber Castel 4B pencil, 1.4 x 1.2M.
Night time photography experiments w/ Targets Only.
Created for the Dubai International Horse Fair 2017 (1.2 x 1.4M).
This drawing was produced for the Dubai International Horse Fair, 2017 (1.2 x 1.4M).
The darker details of the face were developed with green 4B Faber Castell pencils.
Using a medium paper smudge stick, I blended the pencil out into the face of the camel by following the contours of the face to stop the image looking flat. The fur was made using a zig-zag motion whilst simultaneously twisting the stick. This makes the fur texture look uneven.
Multiple types of eraser are then used to refine the details of the face. A kneadable eraser allows the texture of the fur to be reduced in smooth gradations, while I use refillable click or pencil erasers to define the smaller features of the animal. If I need to refine a space using pencil, it's usually around focal points like the eye or nose.