|| Polke Style Artwork using Oil Paints ||

Going back to the work created by Sigmar Polke, I created some of my own pieces inspired by his work, similar to the work I created in the life drawing session I mentioned before. This time I used red and blue oil paints, and occasionally white oil paint. The four images below are the four pieces of artwork that I created using the oil paint and the material, mentioned earlier, that had lots of small holes, that I could push the paint through to create a raster-dot technique without manually dotting the paint with a dotting tool that would take an extremely long time. IMG_8110 The image above was done in a similar method to a lot of the artwork I created here, using a magazine cut out and putting paint onto and around it to take a print, getting the outline and pushing the paint slightly further out to create a reverse shadow effect. For the one above, I then painted a portion of it to make it look 3D, making the side of the man that doesn’t have blue paint covering it the lightest side, hence giving the man pictorial space and depth. Before I put the man down and printed his outline, I used the holey material to put some patterns down and give the image a base before starting and putting the man on. I like the look of the red behind the dark navy blue, the red of the paint and the natural colour of the paper pushing through from behind the blue takes the image into a different dimension, especially after I printed the corrugated cardboard pattern in white over the top. I feel like the white stripes possibly balance out the lower half of the image, pushing the red out even more on the top half, however because of the colour of the blue it doesn’t seem to be forcing it’s way forward too much, not as much as it would have if the blue colour was replaced with a bright green instead. IMG_8111 This next one above is similar to the one above it, I used a similar image of a woman and put the blue oil paint over the back, pressed down on the paper then drew in the details on top, pushing only the paint down on the areas I was detailing in, this is called the direct trace technique. I then used the holed material again to put some more dots down as this was inspired by Polke. What I noticed about the dotty material, was when it is overlapped in a certain way, it creates this hexagonal/flower shape, because of the way the dots lie closer together, you can see this has happened in the centre of this artwork, which makes you look twice at the centre of the art, rather than being put off by the large number of dots, because it makes a pattern, it makes it easier on the eyes. IMG_8113 The one above is the third one I created, I tried to give this image a war like “feel”. The colours are quite morbid, the red reminisce blood giving it quite negative and controversial connotations, this is probably a piece of art that would be criticised as well as praised. I like the extremely messy nature of this one, as again it fits with the theme I was going for when I did it. The blue going through the middle is almost unnoticeable because of all the red around it, again I used the dotting material to create dots under the plane, and put a lighter shade of red above the plane. IMG_8114 This was the last piece of Polke inspired artwork, I particularly like this one because this was at the end when I started to really get in to the Polke themed art. The lighthouse was one I found and cut out from a magazine and used the same method of printing the detail as in the second piece, the direct trace technique. I used the dotting material, after I taped it off some of the edges of the lighthouse, then printed using the red oil paint. I kept the whole body of the lighthouse red and the only blue would’ve been the water at the bottom. The red paint ‘blowing away’ from the I think, was a nice touch to add a bit more movement to the painting. I initially thought that I wanted to keep the painting all red, but upon further evaluation I figured it would work better as an art piece if I had another colour or two in there, so I went back to the two other colours I had used before; the white and the blue. I used the blue to create a large splodge at the bottom, for crashing waves, I then used the dotty material to give even more movement by fading it out from the bigger shape I did at the bottom. Still thinking it needed something else I took to the white paint and used it to add detail to the waves and really make it look like splashing water, and I really like how it looks now I chose to do that. I also used the white painted on corrugated cardboard again to create a more dramatic version of the stripes you see on the side of more traditional lighthouses.

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