Well, this is my third contribution to this wonderful creative fantasy series, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each opportunity. And to be able to showcase my artwork with so many other talented New Zealand artists is always pretty cool.
I wasn’t sure what I would be doing for this third volume. After much thought and procrastination, I thought that I’d just let the imagination run wild with my stylus pen and see what happens. As I started to block out initial doodles, I found that I seemed to gravitate to the human form in some way or another, whether it be in a dynamic pose or a dramatic composition. I suppose it’s always been a subject that has intrigued and fascinated me since I fell in love with art as a young lad.
As I progressed with my pieces or as each artwork evolved, I felt that I wanted to explore more as a theme the tension and conflict between one or two entities, and hopefully be able to express it in a dynamic way that is visually pleasing to the eye. I usually try to visualize it first in my mind and then let it evolve from there, pushing it to a point where I don’t start to overwork the piece but hopefully capture a moment or mood of the portrayed event that I have in my head.
I love the way an image can take you on a journey just by looking at it, and to be able to conjure up artwork that does that successfully will always be challenging. It’s a challenge that can take a life-long journey of learning, but one that I will always look forward to.