Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Painted Mandrill


Gouache and collage. 285mm x 232mm

Here's my long overdue Mandrill in the intermittent 'twisted creatures' game played with my good friends Kev & Phil. It's been a funny one this. I'm pretty happy with the collaged mandrill itself but I kinda got a bit carried away with the painted background. I think it would have benefited from a bit more planning, as I would usually do. Maybe it was the Matisse programme I saw on TV recently that got me carried away... Compositionally and graphically I don't feel it quite holds together... that said I'm pleased with the colour palette and 50's vibe, and I had fun loosening up and just going at it Pollock / Miro style so not all bad. As an exercise in getting more comfortable with gouache I cannot complain too much I suppose.

12 comments:

Philip Morgan said...

Lovely stuff Matt, does he look sad because his right leg is making a bid for freedom, taking his bottom with it?

Philip Morgan said...

Doh, should've said left leg, I meant left leg!

ArtSparker said...

I like both the mandrill and the background, and a quick fix I tried by holding up my hand was to bleed out the background elements - gives the mandrill a little more breathing room.

Abz said...

brilliant!

Chris Kennett said...

Hey Matt, His face is perfect. He's kind of got a "What the?" expression which makes me chuckle.

Anyway for what it's worth I've made you my Blog of the week for this week.

http://crikeyboy.blogspot.com/p/blog-of-week.html

Hopefully it'll turn some wandering eyes your way.

Eric Barclay said...

I really like this piece. Has a bit of whimsy but is still grounded in reality. Really nicely done.

Jenea said...

He he! But where is Lion King??? :)
Awesome drawing!

Gulzar said...

woooo woooottt I love this one!
How have you been man?
Its been eons since I came in here...have been away from the bloggarland! found my way again :)

Love this one man! Ironically am in this phase of drawings apes and baboooonnnnsssss :D

EMILY said...

wooow! you might just be my new favorite illustrator!! i love your style, and this illustration is executed perfectly, I'll definitely be visiting again :P

E

Daria Hlazatova said...

i think i'm in love with this monkey :)

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