Thursday, 29 June 2017

Feature Friday: Charlie Sutcliffe Art

Where are you from?
I was born in England - where the Thames meets the sea. I was raised on the South Coast near Brighton.

Where do you currently practice your artwork?
I work from a studio in Ruzafa, Valencia, Spain. The neighbourhood is a vibrant patchwork of artists and designers.
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
Technically, I went to university to study illustration... but at the time I was more interested in building a woodland house
in the forest next door. 

How would you describe your artwork/process?
As a constant voyage of experimentation and investigation.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
Everything that surrounds us. Flea markets are a big win as they are the best museums.

What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
The pleasure and honour to be able to carry on doing what I do.

What are you working on at the moment?
I´m completing a set of large papier mache sculptures which combine the mechanical with the organic.
Drawing in the botanical gardens and also preparing flora for a set of photograms. 

Where can people see your work?
We are currently showing in Laura Cobo, Valencia until the 10th of June before touring Europe
as well as the usual places.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Feature Friday: Demelsa Haughton Illustration

Where are you from and where do you currently practice your artwork?
I live in North Yorkshire (UK) with my partner and our three children. I work from home which is a lovely commute!
My studio is 'under construction' at the moment so for now I work wherever I can find some quiet. 

Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
All self taught. I've always drawn and painted with traditional media but I was introduced to Photoshop and Illustrator
while doing a degree in fashion and fell in love with it. I did many, many frustrating tutorials to get the hang of it and I 
now remember approximately 1% of what I learned! I only use the basic features which is enough for how I use it though.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
I usually, but not always, start with a simple pencil sketch which I upload to Photoshop to paint. Sometimes I will know
where I am heading with a painting, other times an idea will come to me while aiming for something completely different.
Working digitally allows me go in different directions without having to start again and waste precious time.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
I love all things other worldly (the ultimate escapism) so that probably feeds my work quite a lot. I still feel heavily
influenced by my favourite books and films from my childhood, anything by Roald Dahl, The Lion The Witch and the
Wardrobe, Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth etc. 
What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
The first picture book I illustrated was published last year which was a highlight. But every time I sell a greeting card or a
print is a bit of a highlight too!
What are you working on at the moment?
As well as building up a greeting card and art prints business I'm also currently working on a second children's picture book
for Australian publisher Tusk Books.
Where can people see your work?

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Feature Friday: Sally Lancaster Art

Where are you from and where do you currently practice your artwork?
I'm from the gorgeous county of Devon and I'm a very proud Devonshire lass! I rent a room in a local printing firm. As I 
live on my own, I love getting out of the house and going to work at my studio-plus there are other people there to stop
me from losing the plot due to loneliness.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
I work from photographs so it starts with me doing a photo shoot. I will then go through the images to choose one that
stands out to me as something special, as the basis of my painting. I work in oils, although I do the first layer in acrylics to
speed up the drying time. I can then get to work with the oils, building up until the top, detailed layer.

What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
I love producing paintings with interesting lighting as this can create something either really dramatic or it can soften an image.

Have you ever received any artistic awards for your work?
Back when I produced mainly equestrian paintings I did win a couple of awards at the Society of Equestrian Artists annual
exhibitions. When I was a kid I won a painting set after entering a competition with Kellogg's Cornflakes-I was so
excited that I'd actually won something!

What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
When I worked as an Equestrian Artist there were a couple of things. Firstly being asked by The Racing Post to be the
artist working on their horse statue at an event set up by Cheltenham Racecourse. Secondly, being commissioned to 
do a painting of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the then ruler of Dubai. Now that I'm a Figurative Artist 
I'm waiting for a highlight, something like a solo show would be amazing! Hint hint to any galleries reading this...
Where can people see your work?
I have a few pieces in galleries which are listed on my website but most of my work can either be seen in my studio or at
any exhibitions-which are again listed in my website.

What are you working on at the moment?
To be honest, I'm having a little break due to needing to pay the bills but once things are back on track and I have time in
the studio, I'll be working on a few more of my paintings involving material draped over my model. I've loved working on
this series of paintings so am looking forward to getting back to them.
Sally Lancaster Art: