Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Mike Paints!

Year 3 Illustration student Mike Tailford, lets us watch the making of one of his 'Scrapyard' paintings from start to finish.

Like any true painter, you will notice that Mike's work has only just begun once the paper is covered with paint. Colours have to be continually adjusted and balanced across the picture surface. Sometimes elements become overworked and have to be painted over to regain a sense of vitality.

The large pieces of scrap stuck over the image towards the end of the process act as a mask allowing Mike to spatter the foreground with paint flicked from a brush.

Painting is a little like playing chess with yourself. You make a few moves but then think about what is going on in front of you - the painting is your opponent and it takes much time, effort, passion and above all, thought to beat it!


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