Follow Friday: Björk

Are you following artist Björk on Instagram yet? The costumes and headpieces she wears on stage are quite spectacular!

James Merry is the mastermind behind the a handmade artwork for Björk. James Merry is an embroidery artist, originally from Gloucestershire in the UK, now based in Iceland where he has been living and working with Björk since 2009. He works from a small cabin studio on a lake fifteen minutes outside of Reykjavík, working by hand in a variety of mediums. James is a self-taught embroiderer, having originally studied Classical Greek at Oxford University.

What do you think of his work?

 

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Sketchbook

Bought a new sketchbook at Ikea! It’s from the stunsig limited edition collection and designed by Frédérique Vernillet, a France-based illustrator with an ultra-realistic drawing style. I absolutely love the design. There is so much to see but it appears very tranquil. It’s carefully designed and well detailed. Love the expression of the wolves. They look so fierce.

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4 ways to dry oil paintings faster

Damn I’ve painted a masterpiece but it won’t dry! And I have a deadline! How can I speed up the drying time of my oil painting?

First of all, accept the fact the painting won’t dry within two days. Normally it will take a couple of weeks for layers of paint to dry. Oil paint will take a full year to completely dry. Oil paint is loved by fact it doesn’t dry as fast as most paints. This means you can paint wet on wet. If you want to paint fast, paint with water based paints, like acrylics.

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Friesian Horse pt. 4 – inspiration

I needed more pictures of a real Friesian for the Friesian horse project. So last week during my holiday I went for a horse ride :). Sometimes painting from only one photograph isn’t enough. You’ll need to view your subject from different angles or you will skip certain details that are easy to miss. Look at the photo below. The tiny hairs on his cheek weren’t visible on the main photograph I use. I can also analyse the bone structure much better thanks to the photo’s below.

– How many pictures do you use as a reference?

 

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