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New blog, new range


Hi I'm Patrick, artist behind The Paint Box gallery, and this is my first blog post!


I thought I'd use this space to share some of the techniques (and trials and tribulations) behind my work, a good place to start being a new range I'm currently working on. Its called WestIzBest, a 'smile' humour greeting card range, aimed at a Westcountry audience; locals or visitors.


This one is called 'The Moor the Merrier'. It was inspired by a sketch from the BBC comedy The Fast Show where the cast are hiking and singing a rousing song led by Paul Whitehouse, until they all get exhausted and fed up with him, and then duff him up.


I start with a rough draft sketch to build from:

Choosing the colour palette comes next, and the sample below shows the sort of test strips required for colour selection:

I sometimes do scores of these because I can have real problems when it comes to colour choices. After some more work on the drawing, the three full 'compositions' below demonstrate the various colour alternatives possible:



So as you can see, colour choices can be tricky! The two suns below also

show the varying treatments possible even in such a simple picture component:




After some more umming and ahhing comparing on the drawing board...


...I eventually get round to making the decisions to finish! The final version below:







Hopefully this has given a little insight into some of the undertakings behind my work. I plan around 10 cards for the WestIzBest range, and they'll be available in store at the Paint Box gallery in Tavistock (you can email info@paintboxart.co.uk if you're interested in further info on them) - and of course visit www.paintboxart.co.uk for my other picture ranges.


Thanks for reading!


Patrick


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