Sunday, 25 April 2010

quite a few giraffes...

gouache and collage 220mm x 330mm




Where do all the days go...? Amongst other mundane things last week I followed up on a link recommended by several good friends and went over to "one million giraffes". As the name implies this site is after one million giraffes, created in any means except on the computer... as this would be (quote) "too easy" (OK, don't get me started, safe to say I don't agree with that ! anyhow...). Once I got began I just couldn't stop and so, 10 or so giraffes for the cause later, here I am. I guess I have to add giraffes to the list of other things I find myself drawing obsessively from time to time. Also it was a grand excuse to paint something again. I still think my colour mixing is letting me down... I got carried away and deviated from the earth tone digital colour sketch I started with, both for good and bad. At the least I really should have used the collage way of working as an opportunity to redo the chrysler building (which is veering too close to magenta for my liking). Similarly the giraffe on the left is too vibrant. As a whole though I can live with some points OK. In case you are wondering about the giraffes at the bottom with the blotchy painted outlines, they are from the waste paper left after I had finished painting the collage elements for the main painting. I dooodled in the gaps while I waited for the main painting to dry. Positive space giraffes, negative space... my desk is overrun!!! Enough long necked tomfoolery for now...I have more constructive creative work I should really concentrate on.

11 comments:

Abz said...

very interesting to see what goes on in your mind...and how it all works out in art form! ;) Keep em comin mate! Nice soft colours and fun little chaacters!

damon said...

nice stuff man

Lisa Graves said...

this entry is FABULOUS. I love seeing a thought process. Love it!

Rnormfoto said...

you know i love the sketch with the fire escapes too!

Paco said...

Awesome! Really nice designs!

michael robertson said...

it's always wonderful when you take us through your process, matt. these giraffes are fantastic, and I love how you've juxtaposed them with the NY skyscrapers. I especially love that family sketch-the jewelry and bow tie are a great touch!

Kevin Levell said...

It's one of those wonderful pics that creates stories in the mind...

Jon Davis said...

Great stuff, nice to see the process and sketches.
I like how the windows and pattern on the giraffes, sort of overlap.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful giraffes Matt, I like it that the markings running up them and windows of the buildings are the same...now my mind's not sure whether people can climb inside the giraffes or whether the buildings have spots? Nice work, Rob H

Jenea said...

This idea is the BEST!

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