The Process Behind 'Stiff Upper Lip': Part 3

Missed the first parts? Click Here. From the free association phase of the planning process I went through, I knew that I wanted the bathysphere to look like a germinating seed with roots that were reminiscent of the central nervous system. It also needed to have been put under so much pressure that it was starting to crumple. My initial idea can be seen above. I wanted to work on the area where the cable attaches to the bathysphere to further the idea of a germinating seed. I started by drawing a linking piece inspired by brutalist sculpture but I couldn't get it to work. I was in a minor rut with the problem so I made my dinner: a jacket potato. But my problems continued; when I got the po

The Process Behind 'Stiff Upper Lip': Part 2

Missed the first part? Then Click Here. After finally arriving at the plan that you see above, it was time to start drawing the image in proper-perspective-o-vision. Time for a quick lesson: This painting by Okumura Masonabu entitled Large Perspective Picture of a Second-Floor Parlor in the New Yoshiwara, Looking Toward the Embankment (phew!) is a lovely example of one-point perspective. Here's how it works: There is one Vanishing Point (V.P.) that sits on the horizon and all of the lines that go into the distance converge on this one point, hence the name one-point perspective. The train tracks head toward this point, as do the tops of the tree which we'll assume are all the same height. Al

The Process Behind 'Stiff Upper Lip': Part 1

Normally, my paintings take a long time to plan, they require revisions when elements don't quite work as well as they should, and I make mistakes that make extensive repainting a necessity. But not so with this painting; everything went worryingly smoothly. Okay, there were odd little problems, but nothing that required weeks of extra work. Hooray! Let's go back to the beginning and look at the planning process of 'Stiff Upper Lip'. The overall idea behind the painting is that the character is being lowered into reality and crushed under the intense pressure, and yet manages to keep a lovely smile throughout. I took this central idea and through the process of free-association came up with

How Depression Destroys Relationships: My Interpretation of 'Skin the Shine of the Rain' Par

If you missed part 1, where I discussed the ways in which depression does its best to destroy relationships and you would like to read more, Click Here. As I've mentioned previously, my paintings are all snapshots from a larger narrative. As such, events have occurred before the image and more will take place afterwards. So let's rewind back to the beginning. Healthy relationships are great. They make us more than we can be on our own. And that is exactly why depression tries to break them. I imagine a healthy relationship as a black tube that connects the two people. I'm not exactly sure why; it's something that sprang forth from my subconscious during a free association session. The tube i

How Depression Destroys Relationships: My Interpretation of 'Skin the Shine of the Rain' Par

This post deals with a subject that I found very difficult to write about. It is a serious subject but - as I have a tendency to do - I've added in some humour to make it more palatable (and easier for me to write). So I'm not being flippant, it's how I cope with these issues. To the outside world, when I suffer from severe depression I seem my perfectly normal self, well... as normal as I get. Which isn't very, considering my predilection for strange obscure films and my penchant for watching twenty-four hour board gaming sessions on YouTube (courtesy of The Dice Tower). My relationships with acquaintances and colleagues can appear perfectly normal too. As for friends, I've already written

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