October 15, 2015

Jurassic World

Another painting from a couple of months ago.    Jurassic World was all kinds of awesome and not a movie I actually wanted to see. The trailers I had seen were a let down but my spawn were insistent and so off we went.

I know that all these kinds of movies are full of holes. Not cerebral. But fuck, who cares? They are designed to make you jump, fear, laugh and get away from real life for a couple of hours. And if you happen to take away some positive emotions from the thing, all the better.

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The movie succeeded on two fronts: dinosaurs and Chris Pratt. Let’s face it, he carried the movie through all of its stupid bits single-handedly. And the first moment was when he was rescuing the guy from the velociraptors.


My goal here was to capture the intensity of the moment. The fact that two people’s lives were in the balance and depended on the confidence of one man.  The eyes are the seat of the soul, so I always start by painting them in full and building the painting up around them.


Layer by layer, working on top of the underpainting. This is a technique I’ve strayed away from now, but I needed to work through the steps to get to where I am now.

Painting skin is interesting. On their own, the colours can be dull and boring. Together, they work magic. But the trick is the word “together.” To convey shape and depth, the colours have to be different enough, but to keep the face looking like a whole item rather than the sum of its parts, the colours have to work together.

It’s a balancing act, but when everything comes together, it really comes together.



“Jurassic World”

20″ x 16″

Acrylic on canvas

Prints and original available in my shop.

So…want to see my work in person? Want to be surrounded by nerds in all their glory? Then you need to come to London on Sunday, October 18th!

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I’m going to have special prices on paintings, prints and more just for the event. Prints from my earlier work this year, plus prints from my 30 Days 30 Paintings challenge. It’s going to be a great day!

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