Dan and Phil are British YouTube stars. I don’t have a ton of history on them. I’m relatively new to the fandom…or phandom as it’s most properly known. I found out about them through my teenage spawn who is phan trash.
I hate that. Being called trash for following a fandom.
I think it’s important to talk about things like this. I know trash is a colloquialism and one that belongs to a different generation from mine but I also think that words have power.
But that is not what this post is about. This post is about ART.
I voluntold my painting spawn that she had a commission. Entirely my bad because of course she’s up to her eyeballs in school. A very, very good art school. Some things have to take priority. So I stepped in and painted instead.
But first I had to watch quite a bit of Dan and Phil. And they are fucking hilarious.
From making Easter treats in costume to competing on games to…to…well, sometimes it’s indescribable. But it was different from the same old, same old for sure.
But you know, these guys have very funny faces. Very expressive. And rather unique camera angles. It actually made it a challenge to find source material that would work for a painting.
Look at their faces! LOOK! They truly love what they do.
And then I had to decide how much information was going to go into the painting.
I decided to include the details from…shit…I always mix them up. The guy on the right I think is Phil.
Now no one is going to believe I watched their videos, but I honestly mix them up all the time. Dude with the crazy shirt.
Anyway, they wear the most insane clothing and I knew it was part of their brand so I decided to paint the pattern on the shirt.
I swear that took longer than anything else, but so worth it for the effect.
And then it was a matter of layer upon layer of colour.
Refining and building until the end.
Untitled Dan and Phil
24″ x 12″
Acrylic on canvas