I’m reasonably happy with this portrait. This is my first attempt doing one on a black substrate, a different technique to using white. Thanks to Mick Neill at the Airbrush Academy for the training!

This is a monochrome portrait, and I used a picture of famous actress (or should that be actor?) as my subject. Does anyone recognise her?

RIGHT! OK you lot, LISTEN UP! Now all the hoo-ha of Julie retiring is over, it’s my turn.

I retired last week, as well.

It was a bit like my own mini-Brexit – getting free from the oppressive constraints of a huge organisation that has lost it’s way, and being free to negotiate, and make better deals for myself. No more trying to fit things in around work, or taking a day’s leave to be able to get to an event; my time is my own to manage as I wish.

So – I’m available and free! (well, reasonably cheap), open to offers, and raring’ to go!

I’ve been back to Mick Neill’s studio, The Airbrush Academy, for the Intermediate Module. This time, three days. See my earlier post for the Beginner Module

We covered colour theory, how to mix colours, how to match colours, and, of course, how to apply colours. That’s all – thanks Mick.

Barbosa and The Black Pearl – my version

It’s been a while since I picked up an airbrush – about 20 years – so I thought I’d better start at the beginning again. After doing all the usual internet research I decided the best place to go is The Airbrush Academy in Evesham, Worcestershire.

The owner and instructor is Mick Neill, who not only is a brilliant artist, but a great teacher, too. His studio is flooded with natural light, equipped with good quality airbrushes, and paints. His work is displayed around the walls and certainly is an inspiration.

The first piece

The second piece

Day 1 was for learning the basic strokes and putting them to work. Like all good teachers Mick has no secrets – well not for his art work – he is free with his advice and information. Ask any question and you will get an answer. Sometimes his reply is brutally honest.

The second day was for practising, and producing the main piece. Working from a reference photo we worked on synthetic paper to paint a close-up eye.

So, that was the beginner’s class. I’m back at the end of June for ‘The Next Step’, Module 2. I can’t wait to get stuck in – Visit The Airbrush Academy for full details of the classes, Mick, and what he does. I’m impressed.

 

But it didn’t turn out the way I planned.

It all started OK. Black gesso, dirtied up with Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, English Red Oxide, and sealed with Matte Medium.

I continued. Once dry I applied Crackle Paint, but to add a little je ne sais qua I dipped the loaded brush into Quin Gold. Very nice.

This is where things went astray. I ended up with a flower. Oh, well. Hope you like it. 

 

This piece was commissioned as a ship’s log for the MV Bluedon. Not the official log, but one that is suitably decorative for a steampunk captain.

The base is a plain art journal, decorated using DecoArt products, including Media Texture Sand Paste, Modelling Paste, Crackle Paste, and Crackle Glaze, together with Media Fluid Acrylics. Embellishments by Tando and Tim Holtz. Special techniques inspired by Anna Dabrowska and Andy Skinner.

Front cover of the Bluedon ship’s log

Back cover of the Bluedon ship’s log

Front cover detail

 

Design © 2017, Kim P Moody

 

Just a short post this time.

Back in Mixology weekend Kate Crane showed is some new techniques with a brayer. Normally I take my part finished project home and it gets filed under ‘pending’. But this time I’ve completed it.

Thanks Kate. Great class