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hiding behind a fake smile/ mental health

prismacolour pencils , posca pens and aycrilic paint

Sophie Docherty

Rutherglen, Glasgow

Sophie Docherty

I chose split emotions as my theme because people put on a fake smile to mask when they are usually feeling down. I found this a very interesting theme to work with as it shines on the idea of mental health awareness.In my reasearch I found that Tamara de lempickas and Thomas Saliotreally stood out to me the most. in the first stages I drew a normal self portrait of myself using the gridding technique, this was just for me to remind myself where everything went. This also helped my line work before going into my developing pieces. My first developing piece I drew a large scaled portrait of me using conti tstick and posca pens to add in a half side of colour, I then added pattern from Mc esher. few smaller ones which made me think of how big I wanted my final piece proportions to be , I found. that working medium to smaller scale but with good quality detail worked best for me. I also drew a double portrait using watercolour with prismacoulour on top of it to bring out the details of the expression more, this was a quick way of me deciding which emotion made the most visual impact while also allowing me to experiment with different materials . I decided to repeat the sad portrait from that piece into my final piece as it looked more effective. In my developing pieces I have used a mix of materials like conti sticks , coloured pencials , posca pens and a normal 2B pencil and watercolour. This helped me to investigate what material worked best.The coloured pencils were the most effective for creating a happy to sad mood.Tamara de Lempickas painting of the “virgin with the tears” inspired me to express a sadness in to my final piece as the rounded shapes and dark tones around the womans under eye effectively helped my portrait to look more realistic.T he painting of ‘Tamara in the Green Bugatti’ inspired my composition I liked the two faces looking away from each other as it made me feel as if it was a more dramatic message. I found that Thomas Saliotreally’s paintings encouraged me to use muted shades of colour into my background and I used posca pens for the bold pieces of colours to stand out without ruining the focal point.At this stage I first experimented with oil painting and it wasn’t working well with the rough texture on the tonned tan paper, even after priming it with gezzo and sanding it down with sandpaper. I resolved this by stretching the paper on a board and then approaching it with coloured pencials instead. I found that using my prismacolours was the material that worked the best for me as I could build the excact tones up by thinly layering down colours that I could see in my refrence photo. The most challenging thing i found at this point was getting the mesurements right.Overall I am happy with my final piece , I think I got the message across clearly with the frown and smile lines however i think I could spend longer on trying to add more texture to the faces to make them more realistic

SELLING PRICE

£500

LENGTH

16-30?

WIDTH

16-30?

 
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