Braiders Of The Lost Art

I really love this photo taken from the shoot of Lois M (S5) for her ‘Queen of Hearts’ fashion design. It’s an outtake photo and was never used for her unit, but I can’t help but love the tones and textures on her plait, the shadows and lines of her concertinaed collar and the little touch of collar from the papier-mâchéd red torso. 

Contemplating Eating

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This pastel collage was created by Abby B (S6) for her Higher Expressive unit. Her theme was focused on eating and how pupils her age can suffer from over-worrying about what they eat, to the point of not eating. It is a very confrontational and blunt subject, though I think the way Abby has treated the work has gave it an air of importance, letting us ponder what the subject is thinking, while admiring Abby’s pastel work and her strong composition.

Plastic Paint Surgery

The acrylic painting below was created by Niamh O (S4) for her National 5 Expressive exam. She studied the theme of facial reconstruction and plastic surgery. Although the plan was to draw marker arrows across her face, she decided to leave the marks off so that it didn’t distract from her colour and tone work on the flesh across the face.

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Kylo Wrong

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With the new Star Wars film ‘The Last Jedi’ coming soon and lots of speculation about what happened to Kylo Ren’s helmet and if it will look any different. I thought I’d show you my interpretation of what I’d like his new helmet to look like. I combined Ren’s head piece with the melted mouth section of Darth Vader’s helmet. The drawing was created on paper with a sketch, then photographed and tidied up in Adobe Ideas on the iPad.

Brewster’s Mullions

This ‘Work from Home’ comes from Shannon Brewster (‘Hitmonshan’ on Instagram). She created this stylised painting of Notredame in Acrylics. I really like how she’s handled the surrounding houses, the simple but effective line work on the cathedral is the reason why I had to feature this piece. The colour palette is limited but works so well; drawing the viewers’ attention to the golden structure. The sky has a strange wash on it too, I don’t know how it’s done, but I like it.

Shannon reminded me of the blog and made me realise that people still want to visit it (it gets around 1,000 hits a day). So… Just for her and hopefully for the good of all the rest of us. I’ll try to get it up and running again. Keep a look out for new posts.

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