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Greetings from London! I've been looking at resuming art as a hobby for some time and if I can earn something from it, all the better.
I worked as an illustrator for a while, but I became ill for several years and was forced to pack up the art thing completely.
It's great being part of an art community to share images and to help us all improve as artists. Anyone who shows interest in my work deserves my respect, and I'm happy to reveal my 'trade secrets'. I often look at other people's paintings and wonder: how DID they do that?
I spent five years at art schools but it would be more accurate to say I was self-taught. Everything I was taught could fit into a few weeks. So if you have any regrets about not going to college - don't! Good short-term courses are likely to give you the training you really need.
I've tried working in lots of styles and techniques, and I rarely stick to one medium. I currently prefer to draw a portrait, and combine that with abstract elements. Drawing or painting from life is the best way to learn, but doing portraits of famous people obviously involves using photographs. Pictures taken with flash don't lend themselves to doing a natural looking image so I avoid them. I have done straight copies, but I always get bored because I know what the finished thing will look like. I like taking risks and not knowing how a piece will turn out, although that means a few end up being scrapped or later 'recycled'.
Some of my preferred materials and tools have disappeared from art shops, but it's been good to experiment with new things.
A BIG thank you to everyone who has commented on my works so far, and thanks 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.