Pastel pup – geerichardsonart

Why did you pick this picture?
I picked this picture because it has helped me experiment with new mediums and style, which is something I’ve always found difficult as an illustrator that has primarily focused on realism portraiture.

Where did the idea for this art come from?

It was a commission piece a friend requested, after I posted an experimental new piece of a pastel rabbit in a similar style.

What does this art mean to you?

This art means a lot to me because it has shown to me that I can experiment with mediums and not restrict myself to a specific art style, it has enabled me to broaden my artistic horizon. I also feel like this is an illustrative breakthrough for myself, as realistic portraiture has always overpowered my wants to try a new style, despite how much I enjoy it.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I’m a 19 year old, soon to be second year illustration student studying at the University of Lincoln. I am currently working at a tattoo shop which is helping with artistic confidence in my work, and I feel as though I’m taking a step closer to my dreams.

What more can you tell us about your art?

My art ,as cliché as it may sound, is my life. It’s everything i think about. Every day I produce artwork for either my redbubble page (geerichardson), commission pieces, personal pieces, uni work, or doodles! 

At school and sixth form I spent every free moment doodling, observing and creating instead of socialising and messing around with everyone else, art was more important to me. I’d even go as far to sketch my views in lessons, perspectives around the school and a lot of the time I’d be asked to draw my classmates – something I always perceived a huge challenge – which is why I believe my art evolved around portraits with such prominence. I think it was this particular ‘prominence’ within portraiture itself which encapsulated me to portray character with definition. The piece I have submitted is the moment of realisation that this ‘definition’, ‘prominence’ and ‘character’ could all be captured in many styles attatched, and not purely restricted to one.

To see more of geerichardsonart’s work please click the link below to visit her Instagram account 

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