Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Jean-Paul Belmondo

I went to visit my brother in Brighton over the bank holiday weekend. We both love film, particularly French new wave, particularly Godard's Pierrot le Fou (and the final scene where Belmondo paints his face blue and wraps himself in dynamite.) He's an actor I can't think of without a slight amusement. All films could be improved by placing Belmondo in the lead role. 

This portrait is based on his role as Silien in Melville's Le Doulos, a film my brother introduced me to.

Buy the original artwork here: http://etsy.me/TWEbmw

I created lettering from scenes and objects in Le Doulos: 

work in progress (black india ink mixed with white acrylic)

sketches and notes made while watching the film:

Friday, 23 May 2014

Portraits on Postcards 2

Last year I invited people to commission a postcard-sized portrait of someone they admired.
The response was wonderful and varied - inspirational figures included Vivian Maier, Charlie Parker, Edgar Allan Poe, Etta James, the Dalai Lama, David Lynch…
15 of these postcards have been collected in a zine (available here:http://etsy.me/RZpRIs) designed to be shared with the people you admire.

I am now inviting *new* commissions for portraits on postcards. 
They could be famous people, literary figures, activists, poets…or they could be your own unsung hero. They might be your Grandpa. Or your cat. Anyone, as long as you can say why you really admire them.
E-mail me at: emma.ridgway (@) live.co.uk (note: no "e" in ridgway) with the name of a person you admire, along with an explanation of what you admire about them, and any photographs for reference.
Drawn in Winsor & Newton ink and painted in Cotman watercolours on Langton watercolour paper, postcards will cost £15 ($25 or €18), and will be shipped out (worldwide) at no extra cost.
If you wish, you can make this a gift to someone.
All finished artworks will be scanned and will eventually form a book.

Art for sale

Portrait of Billy Bragg - £52    http://etsy.me/TB00b8

A5 print - Portrait of Bob Dylan - £12     http://etsy.me/1jJC4x1

A5 Print - Portrait of Lou Reed - £12    http://etsy.me/TAZCJT

A5 Print - Portrait of Nikola Tesla - £12    http://etsy.me/1jcCVjE

A5 Print - Amsterdam's Pathé Tuschinski Cinema - £12    http://etsy.me/SqS8YY

Portraits on Postcards Zine - containing a set of 15 postcards - £25    http://etsy.me/RZpRIs