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First I lay down the base – the foun­da­tion for the veg­e­ta­tion – and then layer the lev­els of de­tails on top. I try to use vary­ing colours with sim­i­lar hues and tones to add vi­brancy, but keep things sim­ple. I en­sure my brush­strokes follow the di­rec­tion of the de­sign/grav­ity. Now I add the de­tails to the base. This takes place on a new layer so that it’s clean and ed­itable. This is my chance to ex­pand on the core idea of the plant’s na­ture and ap­pear­ance. I make sure that I use a lighter colour com­pared to that of the base. Once I’m happy with the lev­els of vary­ing veg­e­ta­tion, it’s time for the de­tail­ing and fin­ish­ing stage. This is where I add in­di­vid­ual plants and leaves to ar­eas that will in­di­cate the de­sign of the whole thing. A few more fin­ish­ing touches and the im­age is fin­ished.

Christ­mas 2014

I start by paint­ing a struc­turally ac­cu­rate skull. Em­pha­sis­ing the dra­matic re­cesses that are present in a more rep­re­sen­ta­tive skull can add to its visual im­pact. Look for ag­gres­sive shapes that are al­ready present in a skull. Play up the con­cav­ity, and the ag­gres­sive an­gu­lar­ity of the cheek, eye-socket and mandibu­lar re­cesses.

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