Greetings from London!
It’s great to be part of an art community to share images – and to help us all improve as artists. I’m an open book when it comes to how I do things; anyone who can show interest in my work deserves my respect, and the least I can do is to spill my ‘trade secrets’ if I’m asked.
I did five years at art school but frankly, it would be more accurate to say I was self-taught. Everything I was formally taught could fit into the space of a few weeks. So all you self-taught artists out there: don’t think you’ve missed out! There are plenty of short courses or groups where you can really learn something.
I’ve tried painting and drawing in lots of styles and techniques, and I rarely stick to one medium. I generally prefer to do something figurative, like a face (hopefully recognisable!) and combine that with abstract elements.
I like not knowing how a painting or drawing will turn out. I have done some purely photographic/realistic paintings, but when I knew how they would turn out, I got bored. That’s when I started messing around with the image and backgrounds and getting more experimental. But here’s a question: how many of you check for permission to ‘use’ a photo of, say, a celebrity if it isn’t yours in the first place? Watch out!!
Unfortunately, the inexorable ascent of computers in art and design has seen some of my preferred art materials and tools disappear, but it ain’t the end of the world – and I do like experimenting using computer-generated tools.
Never had my work exposed to the world like this; a big thank you for posting so many inspiring images.
Now the boring bit: Art in this portfolio is copyrighted and owned by the artist, Rik Ward. Any reproduction, modification, transfer, or use of any of the content, for personal or commercial use, whether in whole or in part, without permission from the artist is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.