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Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by roz

 

As a young boy, I fell in love with the Pre-Raphaelites and so couldn't resist a journey up to the National Gallery in London to see their new exhibition.

The show examines how Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait may have inspired these young radical artists.

I couldn't resist a sneaky selfie taken in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's convex mirror...

Find out more here

Portrait painting at the Festival of Marketing

Posted on: October 14th, 2017 by roz

 

I was invited by Microsoft to demonstrate the Surface line-up at the Festival of Marketing at London's Tobacco Dock. Working on the new Surface Pro and the magnificently grand Surface Studio, I created portraits of the guests to give away.

VMWorld 2017, Barcalona

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by roz

 

I was invited to attend the VMWorld 2017 conference in Barcelona to help celebrate the diversity of VMWare users.

Armed with a photographer and my trusty Surface Pro, I spent the two days painting as many of the conference attendees as possible. The final portraits will be used in a wide variety of different ways online and in social media. Each portrait was painted in around 20 minutes, using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.

VM inclusion image

You can view all of the portraits by following this link

Mirror (2017)

Posted on: August 19th, 2017 by roz

 

Digital artist selfie

I wanted to see how far I could push the Surface Pro 4, in terms of canvas size and detail. This painting, done using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, measures at around 1.2 meters squared at 300dpi. I lost count of the number of layers, but it was probably around 10 after merging a few.

I only have the 4GB i5 model and this managed to run fine for this painting. On a number of occasions, I'd lose the Sketchbook UI and have to restart the app, but no paintings were ever lost. I've reported this to Autodesk but assume it could be a memory issue.

Ideally I'd like to live stream some of my painting sessions, but the 4GB i5 Surface seems to underpowered to do this whilst painting, which is a shame as I'm able to do this on my iPad Air 2 with Periscope built into Procreate.

If anyone has any suggestions, please get in touch!

Tate Instagram Takeover

Posted on: August 5th, 2017 by roz

 

After working with Tate Britain, delivering iPad painting workshops alongside the Hockney exhibition, I was given the opportunity to share some work on their Instagram account.

I was one of three artists asked to produce work inspired by David Hockney's artwork.

Follow these links to @Tate on Instagram

David Hockney inspired iPad art Tate

William (2017)

Posted on: August 5th, 2017 by roz

 

It has been a summer of catching up with family, and this has given me a wonderful opportunity to (finally) paint my nephew. I can't believe he's got this far without being 'got'!

The portrait was painted on a Surface Pro 4 using Sketchbook Pro app.

Surface UK launch

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by roz

 

I was invited to the UK launch of the new Surface line-up; Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and Surface Studio. Taking place on the roof garden of John Lewis on Oxford Street, I had a chance to demonstrate the new hardware to the press and public.

 

Gotta collect them all! 

Posted on: June 17th, 2017 by roz

 

The joys of new business cards... 

Evening sketching 

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by roz

 

It's been far too long since my last painting. This evening I managed to spend an hour playing with the Windows 10 app version of Sketchbook Pro on the Surface Pro 4. As a subscriber to the app, I get the full selection of brushes, which you are able to tweak. Through these settings I have managed to create an eraser which is the same shape  as my favorite brush; something I believe to be so important in achieving a painterly finish.

I look forward to spending more time on it.

digital self portrait surface

Latest painting

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by roz

 

iPad painting of Margot

Margot (2017)

A quick exercise using Procreate on the iPad Air 2 with Sensu Brush