This is a water-soluble graphite painting I did back in 2008, just for fun; starring Guy of Gisborne as an unmasked black rider. I could only fit three of the hobbits on the paper. Sorry about that, Merry.
This picture is based on Professor Iain Stewart’s swim with the golden jellyfish at Palau. An amazing sight! From the BBC’s ‘Earth: The Power of the Planet.’ Acrylic paints on 46 x 60cm stretched canvas. February, 2014. I wanted to try painting an undersea scene or two a few months ago and was looking for inspiration. Around the same time, I happened to be watching ‘Earth: The Power of the Planet’, presented by Professor Stewart. There was an episode called ‘Oceans’ in which he did a fair amount of underwater swimming. The shots of him with thousands of jellyfish in Palau were spectacular. It was fun doing all the jellyfish with different amounts of light passing through their transparent bodies. The painting is on my wall now. It’s quite nice to look at because of the shades of blue.
Drawing from computer freeze-frame.
Masking fluid to preserve images.
Jellyfish emerging from the deep!
Finished painting. Colours are more true-to-life here.
Finished painting. Clearer image.
I met Professor Stewart at UNSW Australia on July 11th, 2014. What a great lecturer and thoroughly nice person he is. He kindly autographed this cushion cover for me.
Here’s a small water-soluble graphite pencil sketch of him I did in April 2014, with a couple of close-ups. I used a screen-capture from one of the episodes of ‘Making Scotland’s Landscape.’