Not much can be said about the phenomenon of Pale Delusions. In fact nothing at all has ever been said about the subject or at least any that i can find and that’s why it’s such a tricky subject to bring up. The lady in this picture has been diagnosed by Doctor Asmund Quayle a very highly decorated charlatan with actute pale delusions which he said would need an aggressive medication treatment if she is in for any hope at fixing this problem. I told Asmund this seemed a little drastic but he told me quite resolutely to keep my mouth shut and gave me the old adage’ Do as i say, not as i do’. So i murmmered ok and carried on drawing the lady in question for Asmund’s file, i’m not quite sure the point of all this was though as i didn’t think you kept paintings in doctors files. oh well!!
Title: Pale Delusions
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, ink, charcoal, Tipp Ex, silver leaf and spray paint
Brookie! Staffy’s seem to have gained something of a bad reputation but if you ever met Brooke then I’m sure you realised that was an ill gained notoriety. In fact just about all staffy’s I’ve come across have been lovely pups but Brooke was perhaps the best envoy for a somewhat maligned breed.
I always remember the time I was sat outside the pub with Brooke just minding her own business beside me. Some big guy came walking along the street and Brooke went over towards them to say hello. Next thing I hear ‘hey mate keep your dog away from me’ in a voice somewhere between fear and anger. I had to laugh, not only because he was a big baby and Brooke only wanted to give him a sniff and, if he was lucky, to sit on his feet as she loved to do but also because Brooke certainly didn’t belong to me. She only ever had eyes for her human mum. My cat doesn’t like dogs and didn’t make any exception for Brooke. But she probably should have done.
Anyway we did our best to make our little tribute as realistic looking to Brooke as we could achieve and I have to say it’s a lot more difficult to make a piece look like a particular dog than I would have thought. But there you have it. We did our best. Sleep well princess.
If the wind changes your face will stay like that!
I’m sure you must of been told this little nugget of information by your parents when you were younger, most probably whilst you were on long car journeys with nothing else to do apart from bickering with you siblings or sticking your head out of the window and letting the wind do its magic.
Sadly this fella had never heard this dire warning and I think we all know what happens next. There he was pulling a funny grimace when the wind whipped up ominously and then changed direction. He was too far away for me to warn him of his impending fate and by the time I’d reached him his face had already stuck in that position. There was little else I could do at that point apart from pat him on the back and wish him the best of luck.
Before we start I have to admit that the most impressive part of this wall, namely the ‘screaming toenail’ section was done by persons unknown. I did however use this as inspiration to complete the wall next to it and incorporated their ‘volcano’ text into my piece which consisted of a disembodied floating head smoking a volcano cigarette. Make of it what you will. I kept to the same colour range as the other wall and so went with just black and red on the white of the wall. A bold colour scheme for sure so a little nod of thanks to the unknown artist is in order. This one’s for you…
Sometimes when you have a blank wall to work with the muse deserts you and you’re stood there scratching your head wondering what to do. And then sometimes inspiration strikes and you’ve just got to turn up the heavy metal and let rip with your inner thrasher and some black paint. Today was clearly one of those days.
The lady in the picture clearly seems to be enjoying herself as she’s pulling the classic ‘rock fingers’ move and, if you look closely, has what appears to be an E on her tongue. Although I’m pretty sure it’s made out of paint. I’m thinking she was getting down to the tunes and then slipped it in her mouth at an opportune moment when my back was turned. At least she seems to be enjoying herself. Live and let live, that’s what I say…
With wall one at Rah Rah Room completed it was then time to turn our attention to the next wall. The wall is situated directly ahead as you descend the stairs into the club so needed to be high impact and a clear indicator of the kind of night you’d find yourself in for. The decision was made that it was to be the lady in the necklace and fancy Rah Rah head dress. After just a weekend to get supplies and otherwise get prepared it’s then time to get to work. Once the lady was up and her head dress was just as fancy as can be came the somewhat laborious task of applying a load of diamantes to her necklace and a couple to her eyes to give them a bit of sparkle. The only remaining task was then trying to get a decent shot of it all. Which we didn’t seem to do very well at. I can only assure you that she sparkles beautifully and has lots of diamantes set into her necklace.
Here at id-iom we love a good challenge so when we’re given less than a week to go from initial meeting to completed walls we can’t help but jump at the chance. After getting the call we head down to the newly renamed and imminently opening Rah Rah Room on Piccadilly to check out exactly we’ve got to work with. A quick look round allows us to identify a couple of walls that could do with some id-iom style attention and we then have a swift discussion about what kind of vibe they’ll be going for. Which, it turns out, is a burlesque/cabaret feel as it’s to be the new home of the infamous Madame JoJo’s. Armed with this information as inspiration we head back to the lab and commence some feverish research and design work.
We must both have been thinking similar thoughts as we both produced designs drawing inspiration from the art deco and art nouveau styles of design. We clearly had the bit between our collective teeth as we pulled out a dozen or so designs to choose from which we promptly sent over.
The beautiful work of Alponse Mucha was heavily drawn on for the inspiration behind this piece. His work is very sophisticated and clean looking and suits the new club perfectly. With only a couple of days to get prepared it’s then straight onto painting. The somewhat complicated design led to a few moments of hair pulling which is never good as I seem to be misplacing it quicker than it grows back. Finally however it was all but completed and the only thing left to do was apply some jewels to her outfit and eye so it all really sparkles in the light as you come down the stairs. Mission accomplished.