Glenn Arthur

Glenn Arthur

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Tiger Of A Different Stripe

First and foremost, I know that I have severely neglected this blog, and I sincerely apologize for that. This year has been a whirlwind of amazing changes and growth for me and I couldn't be more excited about it (although my head has felt like it was about to spin right off a few times!) If you are following me on any of my social networks then you've been right along for the ride and I hope you've enjoyed it! However, in all of the craziness, my poor blog was pushed to the back burner, but I'm pulling it up to the front and I will try to get better at keeping it up and sharing more in depth my processes and progresses with you guys because you are awesome and I wouldn't be who or where I am without you!

Lately I've been in experimental mode and trying a lot of new things with my artwork because I feel that is the best way for an artist to learn and improve! One such experiment is this painting I just finished that I'm calling, "A Tiger Of A Different Stripe."


I've always loved the idea of flat, graphic imagery mixed with fully rendered, three dimensional imagery so I wanted to create a piece that compared the two side by side. As always, I started with a sketch. I split it down the middle, shading one side and leaving the other side simple line work. Once I finished the face, I overlaid some tracing paper to design her hair and other elements.



After the general piece was figured out, I transferred the sketch to a surface to begin painting. (Please check out my earlier post about transferring a sketch to see how I do it.) I decided to work on gessobord for this piece instead of a wood panel to achieve a solid flat look without the the natural wood grain that usually flows through my work. I started with the side that I wanted to look more realistic with depth and shading.



I then moved on to the side that would have the graphic feeling to it. Just for some visual fun, I decided to swap some imagery, placing graphic over rendered and vice versa.



I loved the idea of using all things related to tigers for this piece because I felt like it all worked so well with what I was trying to visually create, so I used tiger lilies, tiger's eye beads, a tiger tattoo and of course little tiger striped hummingbirds. And thus, A Tiger Of A Different Stripe was born! The painting is 12"x12" acrylic on gessobord 2013.


Thanks for stopping by and I promise to post more and keep giving you guys a glimpse into my crazy little world. Enjoy! 

8 comments:

  1. Great post. I do have you update more regulary, and as always, great work!

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  2. Hi! I found you first through Instagram but you're not active on there anymore, is there a place that you are active on?

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    1. I'm still very active on instagram, I just have a new account. Here is the link: http://instagram.com/glenn_arthur_art

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  3. Talked to Thinkspace Gallery about this one tonight and I'm so excited to have my first Glenn Arthur OG!!!! Love it!!

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    1. That's fantastic! Thank you so much! I'm honored!

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  4. This is great!! Really inspiring! I'm glad i found your blog!!
    Gabi Spree

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  5. Hi Glenn,
    I've been trying, for quite a long time actually, to figure out what you use for the coloring of the piece. If you could enlighten me about that? (I read something about it being with markers but I don't get the same results.Are they Coppic markers?)
    Thanks in advance <3

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