Monday, 21 September 2009

Transfer Techniques on Paper and Mo' New Pain'ings!

This is another work form the narrative series. It's done on duralar and I wanted to create something that caused fear. Like fear as we see it when we are younger. It's a feeling that's very unclear but I've always feared people more than anything else when growing up.
This portrait was made with acrylics on paper. That's right I went there. I made an acrylic painting on paper. First I used a light sheet of acrylic matte medium in top of the paper then waited until it dried to apply another layer, and another layer. The point is to have something solid to paint on so it doesn't crumple up when you are painting. After that I laid down two colors: blue and beige. Then I got a xerox and transferred the black and whiteness of it with Acetone. Xerox transfers well on acrylics. You could also do it another way if you don't have acetone. You can paint the image with matte medium then glue it to the paint. Once it dries you can grab a soaked scrub and scrub away the paper. It might take a couple of scrubs but the results are amazing. Lastly I added white to the eye :P

If you can't tell I was going for a Warhol like look with the transfer.


  1. What's the narrative series your working on? Can you tell us more about that, sounds like a creepy theme! What medium did you use?

    I really would like to see more of those guys :)

  2. the narrative series is like a set of paintings that contains the same characters illustrating different moments during my childhood. It doesn't really look like any linear story but just imagery of how things were when I was small. The first drawing is done on duralar with charcoal. Looks cool in person :)

  3. When compared to your previous post, I feel like you have taken us into a completely different emotional dimension. I think that this is great and maybe your artwork is becoming more of a deeper outlet of things that I don’t think I’ve seen in your previous works. Don’t get me wrong, your "Versus" series was deep, but this is different.

    In "Versus," you used identifiable figures, but they almost didn’t become the main focal points of your paintings because you were using abstract shapes, writing, and other images. It was almost like you wanted people to see something you were dealing with or something that was emotionally meaningful to you, but then you would hide it all by mixing a lot of abstract images to make it aesthetically appealing. I thought "Versus" was genius in that regard, because your pieces were complicated in the different messages you were sending, but just standing in front of each painting made you feel an overall emotion if you tried to dissect what you saw in the images, colors, and themes. It was work that you could just glimpse at and think it was all done for aesthetics, but the more you examined your pieces, the more things you saw and you could see that it was more than just aesthetics.

    I’m interested in seeing how this new series is going to unfold. Are all of the things you’re going to depict based on real events or are they things like stories you heard or games you played as a child? Because of the self-portrait you did, is that sort of like reflecting on where you came from and now we’re going to see the things that made you who you are today? I apologize if my questions are confusing, I’m just really interested in this series and I want to see how it’s going to be pieced together.

    On a side note, for your Warhol-inspired piece, did you draw the portrait first and then Xerox it? Is it a self-portrait or is it a random person?

    I also like how you’re not restricting yourself to one medium to convey this series. I think a lot of people are under the impression that a series should be created the same throughout, but this makes everything become more interesting.

  4. I think you got it right his series is cathartic like the verses series. In this one however I'm trying to paint a little less but I will have bigger paintings in which I will paint a lot more. I'm thinking about writing a little story so i can use it for image reference. By painting more I mean you will see characters in the same canvas interacting with each other. I'm taking a lot of my ideas from my childhood. I decided to do that because kids tend to have a different perception of the world that, for in my case, is a lot more magical than when you are older where everything is "realistic."