So i’ve done the facebook step and it will be now easier for you to follow the great adventure of the Intricate doodles portraits : join my facebook page here ang get fresh news of what’s happening in the Studio and abroad.
I’ll post my work in progress, ideas of what i’m planning to do, finished portrait, funny stories about what i’m asked to draw, and discount days as a treat.
Oh and a special game each week, where you can win a free portrait of your choice, game is simple : i give you a detail, you have to find who it is !
Well it was a long long time since the last pictures i’ve done with brushes and colors, I’m very busy right now with the biographical portraits but i have the chance to have a beloved person who put selected work … Continuer la lecture →
I was working on my etsy shop recently, trying to improve it and following a suggestion of Nat, that told me my little prince in black and white wasn’t for kids, i put that in my mind and tried to do something about that.
And the color was the answer, so i did a try with a digital coloration on my little prince drawing, and after few hours i finally realized it was possible to put color in my pictures !
From Black and white to the color
Here is my first picture with colors, he is the little red fox of the little prince book. This is a 2 colors picture, brown and black, i prefer try with something basic at first and add complication after !
So the hand made picture is done like all the others : with black ink. This time, i’ve open my little prince book, chapter 21 and have drawn when reading the chapter telling the encounter between the prince and the Red Fox ( I will show you all the story after).
Once finish, i scan the picture and select all the part to be put in brown. It’s a little bit long to do but excpet using different ink on the original picture, i’ve no other options. This is called “digitally colored”. Another few steps are nrequired to make the picture print ready like removing scratches, purifying the lines and vectorisation of the picture.
Story of the Red Fox
So here we are, this is the story of the little prince and the fox illustrated in black and white (order the colored picture on my shop and show your friend how much you know about friendship !).
Honestly speaking, when i was asked to do this portrait, i did re-read three times the name of the band and with the help of a search engine i finally get information about this band. Biffy Clyro is really hard to memorize, and the origin of the name of the band is still a mystery as they always give a different answer ! So ive dig up Biffy clyro story and specialy the sotory of Simon Neil, singer and guitarist of the Band.
The band is from scotland, simon and the twins (drum and bass duo). Their music and disc artwork are scot oriented, as they speak about moutains, death, bended trees due to the wind, great pictures in the scottish landscapes (even if the picture was taken in south america, bended trees like theses can be found in scotland !), you almost can feel the fresh air and gusty winds !
They are not famous yet, mainly due to the blackout of the press : they found their name impossible to say they said once. But as they are working hard and doing music, the fans are here, waiting for them in the open air festivals and in the stadiums : they are rockin’ and touring most of the time.
you wil laslo find in the portrait, some scottish things like rain, nessie monster and bagpipe, simon not shaving himself and dirty hairs, a missing puzzle piece, bear and tiger fighting underwater, biffy “mon biff” on stage in festival (live music sounds better than their album), meeting in school when younger, simon studying electronic, a black chandelier, etc….
Big Fan Community
They are not very present in the media but there is a strong fan community, and one onf them did arrive on my website and asked me for the original picture of Simon Neil, the one wich was sold fed days earlier to another fan, well what i’ve proposed is a new picture of him with insertion of personnal details as the fan did see the band in london at the royal albert Hall and in paris as well.
Bold words in the article could be found in the portrait of Simon Neil.
When the picture of a star meet the star
I got news from a biffy fan this week end. He is following the band everywhere and goiong to almost all the concerts. He recently had the opportunity to see the band backstage and show the biographical picture to the band ! After a great feedback, he finally decided to order a new picture of simon Neil in my shop into offer it to Simon Neil, the real one.
I recently received a custom order from simon who wants to make a wall of fame of the LGBT community.
So betweenKeith Haring and Freddie mercury, i had to complete the portrait of Harvey Milk, the first gay politician and activist for the rights of the gay community.
His name wasn’t completely unknown to me as i’ve seen the movie MILK, starring sean penn in this Biopic of HarveyMilk so i knew there was the skyline of san fransisco to do, and specially the castro Area.
If you are going to San Fransisco…
… Don’t forget to wear a flower in your hair. When he moved to San Fransisco with his boyfriend, they did stay in Castro Area in San Fransisco and open the shop : Castro Camera
He was a shop owner and took the leadership of the castro shop community and start to defend the gay of unfair laws. He was know as the mayor of Castro.
First Gay Politician
So harvey started as a shop owner but found out that to help and protect the gay community, he could do more at the political level. He was elected at the mayor council. As the time were rude for gays, he was at the first line. He did record his wills on tape in case somebody shoot him, and did explain that if he was shot in the brain, the murderer shouldn’t miss the closet door. (in a sense that a gay who didn’t make is coming-out is hiding in the closet).
Well, he did very well with his job as he was murdered for all the things he made, including lord mayor moscone. The city was shocked, especially the castro area with funeral procession with candles.
Then after his murderer trial and unfair sentence, the city start to burn all along the white nights.
Other things about harvey
Harvey was very fond of Opera.
He was mocked at school because of his big ears, feet and nose.
San fransisco is represented by the transamerica pyramid, the 7-sisters houses and a cable car, maybe alcatraz and the golden gate bridge if you search…
They are always wearing helmets, they are doing electronic music, their songs are called robot Rock or Digital Love, but they are definitly human.
They started with rave party, behind the mixing console then on bigger mixing console in a pyramid, they are called, the Daft Punk.
They both grew up in Paris and met in the Lycée Carnot, a French college in Paris. They are not from Versailles as the french medias said, but are from Paris !
Daft Punk all around the World
They didn’t liked the music of the 90′s,so they started together to make their own music, using samplers and old discs.
The first hit was “Around the World”, with a very hypnotic choregraphy with skeletons and stairs. (the lyrics were about “around the world” 500 times.
They are now worldwide famous following their hit “Get Lucky“, playing the drum & bass robot duo.
Guy Manuel De Homem Christo
No, he isn’t called Guy-Manuel, here is his Full long name like his hairs : Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem Christo.
He is the smaller robot of the Duo, the one who started with a digital keyboard and guitar when he was seven.
The eiffel tower was burning on the 14th of July with the song Robot Rock, give his voice to the harder, better, dtronger, faster song on Discovery, A british Journalist told them once that they were two daft punk of the music. They did the first part of the Chemical brother’s concerts and are so called the French Touch.
The taller of the daft punk don’t like to show his face in public, except few occasion, so this picture is from a portrait of the 90′s. He is also a funder of the French Touch,
Accompanied by the Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers they performed a very contemporary disco song. They are not in love with musical industry and all their success is made of theses years of hard work and independance.
I’ve received a little mail few weeks ago, from the citycouncil, telling me there was the annual competition for the Local Festa Major comming this summer. As i didn’t won last year (here is the post with my entry) it is the opportunity to try again with new ideas.
I decided to go another way this year, no continuous line ! i know it’s my signature but i wanted to look some other ways, the bitmap art for example !
I like to work with basic material, and on my old computer, i still have this application called “paint”, a drawing software with 16 colors and a mouse for a pen. So i started to draw a scenery of a “Festa Major”, drawing shapes, filling shapes with one of the 16 colors and after few hours of mouse drawing, it gave this result :
So after finishing it, i started to re-read the mail and found out that there was also the competition for a greater area, asking also for an original picture. Well if i had to queue 30 minutes when delivering the artwork (you can queue 1hour if you don’t come to the city council early), maybe could i do a second one ?
This time, i switched to my other picture software on my old computer, and start to work on the “Festa Major de Sants”. This time i’ve been through several ideas ,have been on the internet to look at the previous winning entries of 2013-2012-2011, but ideas weren’t coming… and finally saw the following winning poster of 2009.
I liked the idea of a design only made with letters, and as the poster size is double square and not rectangle , it was almost impossible to find a way to put big letters on the same way. I’ve decided to go with vertical writing using a shape of castellers (the human pyramids down there).
So it’s a lettes pyramid that i’ve done taking the colors white/green with black belt for each one and the crowd down the pyramid in yellow and red. So here is the result of the poster, results are expected in june and september…
I recently had a commissioned work as a birthday present, star’s sister ask me to do his portrait for his birthday as she like him very very much !
So she sent me several pictures and i did the one where he was at the best of himself : happy !
I won’t describe all the portrait in details are there are lots of them but will show you few of them, what did inspire me and how i put think together in the drawing.
Well this is the rock we used to listen in the 70′s, joe`s sister told me he was very fond of classic guitar hero like jimi hendrix, the pink floyd (gilmour) and led Zeppelin (Jimmi page).
Well as i`ve little bit knowledge of theses i’ve first put the jimmi on the left, with the reversed fender stratocaster (lefthanded playing a right handed guitar), including the wah-wah effects pedal and the bandana in the hairs. Then for led Zeppelin, i`ve decided to go for the zeppelin as it was the story of this band : like a zeppelin, ready to burn in the air like the hindenburg Zeppelin.
Then for the pink Floyd, i`ve put two pink floyds even if i know that their name come from two blues mens called Mr Pink and Mr Floyd but little bit of poetry is great, into correct this, i`ve put a moon with the dark side visible and the light going through a glass triangle, refering to their album “The Dark Side of The Moon”.
The Extras are a fender guitar (jimi’s favorite guitar and David Gilmour as well), a 70`s/80`s hifi system including a cd reader (new generations don`t know about all theses pre-ipod systems we used to listen old classic music…)
Little trains… lionel’s train
Joe`s sister talked about the lionel trains. I had no idea about what it was about and did little research on the internet to see how the trains looked like… and it was about little toy trains wich are now collectibles. I started to draw the idea of lionel train witht he help of an ad of this firm with a little boy playing with his christmas present train.
Muscle cars, american cars
I had only this indication : he own one and like to spend time on it. Well the idea of muscle car is about a V8 american engine under a huge bonnet. List of amercian muscle car is quit large but in my opinion, the one we have in mind are thoses immortalised in the movies like the Dodge charger (i´ve used the dodge charger`68 RT for the picture), i also put a V8 picture and toolbox for fixing up the 375 wild horses tracting this kart.