Wednesday, 8 May 2013

INSPIRATION FROM FAVOURITE ARTISTS



This week Jenn from Artist's Play Room asked us to be inspired by one of our favourite artists, but, to give you 'added value', this sketch I did a while ago combines Modigliani's 'Portrait of Juan Gris' with Egon Schiele's very individual style into one image.  That way I give homage to both of them.

Now Modigliani was a bit of a lad, but Schiele really wasn't a nice piece of work at all, nor were a lot of his paintings.  I love his use of line and the way he uses colour though, so I ignore the more unpleasant aspects of his work - many artists who are universally admired tackled the same subjects so he's not alone in his tastes.

Schiele's work is recognisable from the weird positions of his subjects, which I find intriguing, particularly the way he draws hands.

The following 3 'tribute' sketches inspired by Schiele's work are my own work, and are not copies of his paintings, and you can see what I mean by unusual poses.


This gangly fellow was inspired by a magazine photograph of a dancer, but the awkward positions I've given him make him look far from graceful as he looked in the original photo.


This lady is from my imagination, and I have no idea how she is managing to stand up - perhaps she has taken up extreme modern dance.


Another one from my imagination.  I find drawing hands very taxing, and drawing hands in Schiele's way is very liberating.  Try it.  

Linking this to Artist's Play Room - and to Paint Party Friday.


22 comments:

  1. You are right Jez! Hands are devilishly hard to draw; getting the right size and making them look like they can actually move is so difficult. Love the interesting poses of your characters and great that you have interpreted a style rather than just copying the original.

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  2. I have to say I find these rather creepy, but in a 'can't keep my eyes off them' kinda way. No offence meant in any way, as I think your work is amazing :0) Mo

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  3. I love what you did Jez! I'll have to try that hand technique. You've mastered it very well and created some great quirky characters. My entry for this challenge used some of the pieces I had in my course last year - remember Picasso and Van Gogh meeting Vermeer?

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  4. What a good idea to merge the style of two artists and create a new unique style of its own! Great paintings Jez, their positions make me think they look like puppets:) Happy PPF

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  5. I got distracted earlier today and forgot to leave a comment so I'm back and you've posted again already!! You go girl!! This is amazing!! All the movement...no matter what you do I see it sprinkled was a bit of humour!! You amaze me!!

    Happy ppf!
    Hugs Giggles

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  6. loving your works am very much a Modigliani fan.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. very cool! i'll give it a go! happy PPF!

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  8. Wonderful post! I love your dancer!

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  9. Wow your dancing people are awesome! I love those two women! And actually, I love Schiele's expressionistic paintings, not all of them, but he generally has a very fine line and the colouring is beautiful! I will have a closer look at the hands he has painted.
    He died very young didn't he? In his twenties. A lot we didn't get to see.

    Happy PPF!
    Ilona

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  10. YOu have captured amazing motion! Wow. Happy PPF

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  11. Fantastic sketches, a bit scary, and very unusual, but i LOVE them! Well done! Valerie

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  12. Interesting work, love your style. HPPF!

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  13. These paintings are very cool! I don't remember hearing of Egon Schiele before, so I am definitely intrigued! There's something so interesting about the awkward poses and the questions they raise.

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  14. I love Schiele... the energy is amazing, and i think you have captured it well... the modern dance one actually made me laugh out loud because whenever Phantom or Sinus ask what I am doing when it is bloody obvious I am scrubbing a floor or doing the washing... anyway I always say interpretive dance... they roll their eyes and walk off, but now I am thinking I should actually break into interpretive dance.,... you have me thinking now... xx

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  15. Love these character! Good work!

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  16. You have done a fabulous job on your "people" - they are full of movement (in some cases in strange positions - that's what makes it fun and a bit surreal) I don't know much about Schiele - I will have to look at some of his paintings. HPPF

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  17. this is fascinating and truly liberating just reading and looking and seeing... I love your interpretations and especially your imagination!!! how you get those hands is amazing to me.

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  18. Thank you hun for your sweet comment!
    I love Shiele a lot!!
    And I admire you for having such a good idea!

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  19. Love the hands and the movement you have drawn here!xx

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  20. Some very nice work here, Jez. Bravo.

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  21. What a captivating fella; I just luv this style.
    When you first see these sketches they grab you with their motion and posture and then the detail features just keep you more transfixed on their total body image. Very, Nice work Jez: )

    Annabelle O,O

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