Southern California landscape
A photorealist painting of BMX racers Christophe LeVeque and John Purse
My very first photorealst painting; this is where it all started. I was never happy to just paint what I saw – I would modify the source material to suit my needs. The idea from the very beginning of my painting ‘career’ was to take visually and conceptually interesting source material and comment on them using the genre of photorealism.
Materials: Acrylic on canvas board.
Availability: For sale $700.
The story behind Southern California Landscape
My first photorealist painting’s source photo was taken from Snap, an American BMX magazine. I realised that a grid would enable a detailed drawing to be made; so I took the magazine pages, stuck them together and drew a grid over the top with a biro.
The picture features two riders prominently – Christophe LeVeque and John Purse, who at the time was dominating the sport of BMX. This race was called the So. Cal. Nationals and this became the basis for the title of the painting – ‘Southern California landscape’.
There was a smaller image on the left which was overlayed onto the main image, which was a problem. My solution was to use whiteout to cover it and interpret how the shadows would form. Just as I was finishing the painting, I needed reassurance that I had got it right. So I e-mailed the magazine, explained my situation, and they e-mailed the original image back. I was thankfully spot on!
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