London, United Kingdom
11.000 x 16.000 inches
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Painting - Coloured Pencil On Colour Photocopy
I did a swish of acrylic colours on a piece of hardboard, using a rag and a painting knife. Some parts of it looked like they'd make one of the backgrounds I typically use as the base/inspiration for a portrait, but they were small areas. So, I took the board to a copy shop and asked for ten colour photocopy enlargements (up to 200% - cost me �20). When the assistant asked me, "Which parts do you want to copy?" I said, "Surprise me!" I just asked that the board be moved for each print. So I had no idea how they would turn out - I just hoped at least one of them would, by happy accident, be suitable for a portrait. Coloured photocopies are water-resistant, so I had to spray the one I chose with matt acrylic varnish to key the surface before drawing the portrait in pencils.
March 30th, 2011
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