I’ve had The First Earl cut and ready to go for a while now. I just didn’t have anywhere suitable to put such a classy looking chap. After looking around for somewhere good to get it up I spotted what I thought was the perfect location; a likely looking rusty metal door that appeared to be just the right size with an agreeable amount of surface patina.
Once I’d confirmed it would fit it only remained to get him sprayed up which, as it turned out, was relatively quick and easy given that it was a one layer stencil. What I didn’t really think about in my excitement of finding a good spot was the fact that there would be hardly any contrast between the black of the piece and the darkness of the old door. Now I could go back and add some colour or an outline but that takes away from the nicely aged door and he was originally meant to be a standalone piece anyway so I’m hesitant to go back and mess with it. Perhaps the best answer is just to redo him somewhere else against a lighter background?
Eagle eyed viewers will of course spot why doing this piece in South London is somewhat inappropriate but I’ll leave that to you to figure out. Answers on a postcard…
The last thing one discovers…
Sometimes the muse works in mysterious ways. There I was working on two separate pieces of art which, after realising the similarities between them, decided should become part of a larger triptych. The only trouble then was that they needed a third unifying part that would (hopefully) allow them all to make sense as a whole. This meant it was back to the drawing board to scratch my head for a whilst waiting for this magical third section to materialise in my mind’s eye.
Nothing but dandruff came out of this scalp relaxation session until the other half of id-iom walked passed me and nonchalantly came out with a most cromulent quote that seemed to hit the nail squarely on the head. Not bothering to stop or change course he just sauntered along to do whatever he was doing in the first place but that inspiration was all i need to get the piece finished.
Considering the pieces originally had no order and the middle section was the final piece of the puzzle it seems a particularly fitting quote.
Title: The last thing one discovers…
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, ink, charcoal, Tipp Ex and Spray paint
Size: A4 x 3
Hmmmm….. What does a gritty urban art duo do for a one year old’s birthday present? Well, after worrying for a while about exactly what you can and can’t do for a baby this is the end result. There was a lot of time spent thinking about whether we were doing something kid friendly or something that maybe he’d appreciate when he’s older and finally settled on this after finding a piece of glass to work on in the studio that seemed to provide some inspiration.
With a name like Jude it was hard to avoid the Beatles reference so we decided to get the opening notes from ‘Hey Jude’ on there along with his name and a little monkey logo (they’re all cheeky little monkeys aren’t they?) Cutting musical notes correctly at a small size however is probably not something I’ll be doing again. The main thing about painting on the back of the glass is remembering that everything has to be done in reverse – which can sometimes be a little frustrating as you can’t change things after you’ve done them if you have some mid piece brainwave. Oh well, there’s always next time…