Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bete

I drew this image this week after watching Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film ‘La Belle et La Bete/Beauty and the Beast’. Originally I intended to use only ink for the image, but used some white gouache to help highlight parts of the image and the create more grey tones.
I chose to draw the scene where Belle arrives at the Beast’s castle because its such a striking and enchanting scene, and I particularly love the candelabra’s being held by arms along the corridor and thought it would be a great scene to draw.

Artificial Intelligence

This is a piece I recently completed and is currently part of a small exhibition at Insole Court, Llandaff, Cardiff, and it would be a great exhibition to visit if you are near the area! The exhibition is based around the theme of Artifical Intelligence and features work from fellow graduates of Cardiff School of Art and Design’s illustration course.

Science isn’t my strongest point and so I was initially hesitant with the brief from the exhibition, however it is always good to challenge yourself and I thought that this would be too good of an opportunity to miss out on.

After thinking of different ideas and researching the subject matter I decided to focus on a few things within my piece, including the glorification of technology in modern times and how A.I. androids often appear to be humanoid but can never truly replace humans as they cannot express emotion the way we can.

To illustrated these points, I set up the composition of the piece as a sort of religious icon with a haloed android in the centre holding a human face mask to represent its ability to recreate some human abilities. As I am continually inspired by medieval and renaissance imagery in my work, the android itself ended up being inspired by a lot of medieval armour.

The sides of the painting features masks representing six basic human emotions, joy, sadness, fear, anger, surprise and disgust. The idea here being that artificial intelligence cannot, at least right now that I know of, reach this level of human expression.

As I said earlier, I am no expert in this field and this is merely a creative way to illustrate artificial intelligence, but if anyone knows more about the subject it would be great to hear!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20th Anniversary Fan Art

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of my favourite TV shows, which if you have not seen it, I would highly recommend! As its one of my favourites I really wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary by creating a quick drawing for it which you can see above. I ended up using pencil and black ink for the drawing, giving it a gothic and retro kind of look.

Book of Portraits, Part 41: Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Younger

I haven’t been able to draw as many portraits as I used to lately due to me being busy with other projects and work, however I always come across photos of people I would like to draw and save them for when I am able to draw them. This time, I have been drawing Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Younger after seeing photos of her on instagram. I really wanted to draw the photos because of the hats she word and the amazing shapes they create in the images, as well as the classical sort of portraiture pose which as always handy to draw as this help me with poses and compositions myself.