year of birth: Long ago in the mists of time.
Q1: When did you start making art?
I’ve been drawing since I was about 7. My mum had a giant book called Grey’s Anatomy for the Artist which I used to copy from on butcher paper. My earliest drawings were all anatomical studies.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Not really sure what inspires me to draw. Different things on different days I think. Sometimes it’s simply a need to create something, other times it’s seeing the work of other artists and being completely blown away by the talent and ability and wanting to emulate it. A lot of the time it’s just a means of getting an idea or a concept out of my head that I can’t articulate in words.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I use mainly just standard graphite pencils. Straight shading techniques in general. I try to build depth into the work in line with the composition simply by making sure that I use the whole spectrum of light right through from black to white. I’ll occasionally use a blending stick also where required to alter / create texture.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Not sure there is one idea or feeling to be honest. And it depends on the composition and the series that I’m working on. I think for the most part I want to imbue a sense of realism along with aesthetic pleasure. With the current series of cog and gear drawings I would say that the main idea is the complication in the relationship that the modern female has in finding a place within the world. With the changes to the roles that women engage in over the last 50 years, there is a I think a great difficulty in their interaction within a society as themselves, as well as that which society portrays.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
Black and white. Always black and white. And mainly because I think it’s a medium which when used correctly can actually be more powerful than all others. I also look at it this way…imagine an English teacher asking you to write an essay using only 256 words, the number of shades of color in the spectrum that the human eye can see. You write the essay and it’s great. Next the teacher asks you to go away and re-write the exact same essay, with the exact same depth of expression and feeling…but this time you only get to use 46 words, the number of shades of black to white that the human eye can detect…a little more challenging yes?
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Definitely the technique is always improving. With every work you always look back and think that the technique could improve, that’s a part of art. The same with certain compositions. But I think that’s a factor in any creative endeavor, be it art, writing, music. That wish to do better each time is what motivates us to improve.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I’ve only started putting my work online over the last 4 months, so the main focus lately has been gaining a greater exposure for it in that environment. Along with that I’m currently working on my cog and gear series, as well as a number of projects which are private commissions.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Greyfell-Fine-Art.
Mechanically organic surrealism
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
My first genuine work is in my mums house and I don’t have it online, It’s a portrait of a horse’s head focusing mainly on the eyes and the musculature.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
My first works, like most artists, were copies/interpretations of photos or drawings done by others. As an artist I’ve moved past that place now. My work is now my own in terms of composition and drafting, rather than just technically accurate portrayals of other people’s work.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Both I would say. It’s our means of transcending barriers placed by language, creed, religion and geographical location…it’s a means of both escaping reality into something more beautiful whilst at the same time encapsulating that reality in order to change the lives that create it.