Behind the Artwork: ‘You Can Have my Body But You Can’t Have Me.’

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More answers about more artworks…

What is the artwork about?

On first glance this seems like a romantic piece, whereas, in my head it’s quite the opposite. The two ‘lovers’ dance on the beach under the eclipsed sun. The male holds the female with a firm grip; he’s so afraid to let her go that he’s holding her too tight and metaphorically suffocating her.

He’s desperate to control her, but she cannot be controlled and will not. She bends submissively but her outstretched arms demonstrate her desire to be free. She knows that he has her physical body but he will never contain her spirit – hence the title ‘You can have my body, but you can’t have me.’.

Is it based on real life?

Not one specific moment, but it is however inspired by past relationship experiences. Often in a relationship (not just romantic) you will find that one half of a pair is often trying to dominate the other either by clinging on too tight or being elusive! I’m not a cynic, just observant…haha.

Your work often illustrates writing, is there written work with this one?

Yes there is, but it has not graced the internet with its presence yet.

What medium have you used?

Graphite, pastels, chalk, eraser and ink.

What was on the playlist for this one?

Honestly, I can’t remember but the Pretty Reckless’ song ‘Prisoner’ definitely inspired the title.

If you have anymore questions, either get in contact or comment below.

 

Behind the Artwork: ‘Under the Influence, Losing Control’

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To continue my series about my current work here are a few questions about my newest work; ‘Under the Influence, Losing Control’ and about my art practice itself…

What is the artwork about?

Well, as the title suggests it’s about losing control, and letting something (or someone) take the reigns even if you don’t really want them or it to…

You can be influenced by anything and anyone. Some people are master manipulators whereas others are just easily manipulated. Some are both. Most of us are both.

What medium have you used?

This one is mainly pastels and graphite.

What do you do when you have ‘creative block’?

Spiral and self-destruct (just kidding…ish). Nothing irritates me more than not being able to create anything. Usually when this happens, I am getting in my head too much and not allowing things to happen…’organically’…(I hate that word). The best thing to do is to get out into the world and you’ll find your inspiration. Personally the sea for me is one of my favourite places to go when I’m feeling particularly not creative. 

Is the ‘girl’ you?

Maybe, maybe not. Partly yes, partly no. Probably mostly yes.

What was on the playlist for this one?

Cosmic Jokers! For reasons that I don’t think need to be explained. If you want feel like you’re floating whilst creating some spacey art, well, I’d seriously recommend ‘Cosmic Joy (A)’ and (B). Do it.

I also listened to a lot of Sexwitch again whilst creating this one (because I love Natasha Khan & Bat for Lashes). In my head the piece has a kind of occult feel to it and what is more appropriate than a band called Sexwitch? Listen to ‘Kassidat El Hakka‘ and you’ll get it. Hopefully. 

How big is the work?

Again it is an A1 drawing. The vibrancy of the colours and the contrast between deep blue and the bright red is something I really like about this one. It has a real energy about it.

There you go, more questions (mostly the same) about a different artwork. Until next time. Goodbye.

 

Behind the Artwork: ‘Blurring the Lines Between Fantasy & Reality’

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Greetings. It’s been a while since I have updated this blog, but I’ve had a few questions about my artwork. So I’m going to do a series of blogs (I hate the word blog) about each piece of work. First we have one of my personal favourites; ‘Blurring the Lines Between Fantasy & Reality’.

What is the artwork about?

Have you ever been in that state where you’re not too sure what is real and what is imaginary? Well, that is what this piece is all about, hence the title; ‘Blurring the Lines Between Fantasy & Reality.’ It’s when you just wake up from an intense dream that feels so real that for just one moment you believe that it is. 

I wanted to create a dream-like, fantastical (and I guess sci-fi!) kind of vibe with the use of blurry and cloudy marks. The female figure is clear whereas the other figure is fading away into the clouds, but she is trying to keep a grasp – she is clinging onto fantasy, not wanting to be dragged back to reality. The subconscious plays tricks on us; it has the power to confuse us and alter our perceptions. 

What medium have you used?

Well, this piece began with graphite powder, sanguine powder and an eraser. I then worked into it with pencil and ink, then i did get a bit crazy with chalk pastels, charcoal. I like to mix loose marks with more controlled ways of working.

What influences your work?

Many many many things. It sounds cliche, but drawing really is a part of me. I almost feel like it is my subconscious trying to find its voice. I generally don’t go into my drawing with any kind of plan, it just kind of emerges and then develops a meaning, or a narrative as I go. 

Does music influence you?

This question comes from one of my Twitch viewers (that’s right, I live stream on Twitch Creative under the name of dangerunicorn). This probably comes from my eclectic mix of music that I play whilst working on stream haha. I’d have to say yes it does, but I wouldn’t say that it is a sole influence. It definitely effects the types of marks I make and sometimes the general feel of the work. ERAAS, Glasser, Sexwitch, Biosphere, Bat For Lashes, and Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve featured a lot in the playlist whilst creating this one!

How big is the work?

Each drawing is A1 in size, the paper varies therefore the finish of each one can be different. I like to experiment with different media, it’s fun. If you’re not having fun or committed to creating it’ll show in your work. I mean if I’m not in the mood and I start to draw, it just doesn’t work! You can’t lock yourself away from the world all the time.

Well, that’s a few of the questions I’ve had about this work, I hope the answers are good enough. If you have anymore, ask ask away…

 

 

New Work: Seahorse

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Over the last few months I have been working hard creating new drawings and experimenting with a few different themes. I always come back to sea creatures and woodland animals, sometimes with the addition of a mysterious lady. My most recent project however has been designing illustrations for notebooks and other illustrated gifts, which are due to be printed very soon (in the next coming week) once I have finalised all the designs.

One of my favourite new designs is my Seahorse; he is utterly majestic, in my humble opinion – ha! They really are marvelous little creatures and truly unique to look at, so are a great subject matter. But, that’s enough of me waffling about it, here he is in all of his glory:

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This drawing is a combination of two drawings: the seahorse and the seaweed together with digital painting. I can’t wait to see the final product printed.

Sorry that it has been a long while since I have posted a blog, but you can see what I’ve been up to on my work in progress page or by following @gracescreations on good old Instagram.

I really enjoy Instagram, it’s a great platform for connecting with other artists and finding really beautiful imagery. I’m a convert.

Have a lovely Saturday.

New Project…Under the Sea

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I have always loved the sea, well looking at it at least. There is something magical and breathtaking about it and of course it is home to some of the most wondrous creatures and plants.I love a good coastal theme too so it was on natural to use the ocean and its  contents as a source of inspiration for my artwork and illustration.

My new project is based on the sea, but like many of my drawings or paintings I wanted to include and element of storytelling. This combination of themes can be seen most plainly in my jellyfish series of drawings…here is a preview…

Number 1

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Sometimes you plan drawings…sometimes you don’t – I find the ones that aren’t planned are stronger. This concept wasn’t planned, it just happened. A3 in size it is a larger piece. It is part of a series, you’ll have seen snippets if you follow me on instagram.

Here is another drawing in progress…

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And another, but this one involves digital painting…

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So this is just one side of my under the sea theme, there shall be more to come, I’m really enjoying exploring the depths of the ocean!

 

…It’s Windy

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Happy June everybody!

That’s right, it’s June and it feels a lot like winter. To celebrate this wonderful fact (I’m not being sarcastic…I swear…*ahem*) here is a very British June inspired artwork/sketch…

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This bird seems happy enough to be wearing a scarf at this time of year…I’m not sure I am!

Growth [New Artwork]

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I’ve been sketching a lot lately, and I’ve created a rather strange drawing that I’ve aptly (in my opinion!) titled; Growth. Of course, it is just a sketch at the moment but I’m hoping to refine it and create a fairly large drawing from it. But for now let me introduce you to the brand new sketch from my collection:
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Oh deery Me (Beasties ‘n’ Bowties)

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Greetings Beasties!

I’ve been adding a little colour to my deer as part of the ‘Beasties ‘n’ Bowties’ series and here is the gorgeous little fellow now….Image

 

Do you think yellow suits him? It has been a quick digital paint of a job. The rest of the series is coming along nicely, I should be able to introduce you to a few more characters next week and hopefully have a few prints available for purchase, isn’t that exciting?

For now I’ll leave you with the deer, my favourite so far is Mr Hare who you can view in a previous post ‘Beasties ‘n’ Bowties‘. Once I’ve completed the series they shall be uploaded in all their glory. Goodnight!

 

Squirrel Sketch

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Squirrel Sketch

A quick sketch of a squirrel as part of my ‘Bowties ‘n’ Beasties‘ series.

Beasties ‘n’ Bowties

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Hola Amigos!

Good news, I’ve begun a new series of drawings – I say drawings it is really more an amalgamation of traditional drawing and digital (oo how posh!). The new series shall be called ‘Bowties n Beasties’. So, I’d like to share a few pieces that are currently in progress so that you can see exactly why I have entitled my series so. 

Enough of my words…bring on the images! (sounds of cheering…ish)

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Mr Hare is looking rather handsome if I dare say so myself! 

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Mr Fox and his green bowtie…looking rather dashing.Image

 

Oh Deer…

 

You probably see why the new series is called ‘Bowties ‘n’ Beasties’ now, I’m combining two of my favourite things; wildlife and quirky fashion. There shall be many more of these little creatures popping up to say hello. Some of them will make it to the finish line, you’ll have to wait n see what the finished series is like…

Well, I better get drawing. Until next time,…wildlife wanderers and fairy followers!