Win a signed Dan Johnson print

Here’s your chance to win an A4 signed print of my Zach Braff from Scrubs painting.

All you need to do is visit my Facebook page, Dan Johnson Art, and click LIKE.

That’s it! The offer ends on 31st July 2011, and the winner will be chosen at random at the start of August.

Good luck!

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Learn Art Online with my new website

Hi everyone. Long time, no news!

Some of you may have been following me on my Dan Johnson Illustration page on Facebook, where I’ve been posting life drawings and occasional portrait sketches.

Other than that, I’ve really begun to move away from caricature, and more toward straight portraiture. I still like caricature art, and some of my favourite artists are caricaturists, but it’s not my main focus now. That’s not to say that I might not still draw some caricatures or incorporate caricature into some of my paintings however.

Anyway, what I’ve also come to realise is that due to my lack of formal art training, I often get frustrated with not being able to paint a picture exactly how I want it to look. Some people say this is just me being a perfectionist, but I know that I have plenty of room for improvement, so I’ve been focusing on learning the fundamentals of drawing and painting.

That involves plenty of life drawing, sketch painting, study of anatomy, and general drawing and painting practice. I’ve been learning from several books, including classical drawing and painting atelier books. These emphasise the classical atelier approach to learning to draw and paint, which again includes life drawing, drawings of cast statues, master copies, and portraits.

I decided that as I learn, it might be helpful (to myself and others), to document what I’m learning, and make this information available online, so I have set up a website where I will publish regular free art lessons (learn-art-online.com)

I’ve already published a few lessons, step-by-step guides, and general thoughts on learning art, and I’ve started videoing myself drawing and painting, so that you can see the process as it happens.

So if you’re interested in following me on my journey to becoming a better artist, and fancy learning a bit along the way, then head over to learn-art-online.com and leave a comment to let me know what you think and what you’d like to see more of. And if you like it, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon etc. and tell your friends.

This site will be reserved for any finished artwork I produce, so I probably won’t post on this blog again for a while. If you want to keep up to date, subscribe to the feed on learn-art-online.com

Thanks,
Dan.

drawmyface is now danjohnson.co

You may or may not have noticed that the website formerly known as drawmyface.co.uk is now danjohnson.co

Why, Dan?

drawmyface was something I came up with in about 2001, when I was first trying to think of a domain name for my website, and at the time I thought it should be something quirky and original. It was inspired by Alan Partridge (“Kiss my face”) and has always been a bit of a joke (especially when giving out my email address for official purposes).

These days I want the website to represent me and my work, so it makes sense to use my name.

So update your bookmarks and RSS feeds, and stay tuned for more paintings very soon!

Latest Life Drawings

Back at life drawing last weekend after a few weeks off over Christmas. Started off a bit rusty, but got into the swing of it by the end. The second pose, with the foreshortened legs, was really challenging, I had to start again halfway through. Really happy with the third pose. Let me know what you think.

5 minutes

5 minutes

15 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

30 minutes

Pet portraits – Rupert

Pet Portrait of Rupert

Pet Portrait of Rupert

This is my friend Anna’s Beagle, Rupert. Her boyfriend commissioned me to do a portrait of Rupert for her Christmas present. I then had it printed onto 30 x 30 cm canvas. She loved it, and I really enjoyed painting it, it was fun trying to capture the dog’s unique personality. Here are a few images showing various stages of the painting process:

Step 1

Step 1

Step 2

Step 2

Step 3

Step 3

Final

Final

If you would like a portrait of your pet, or think it would make a good present for a pet-lover you know, I’m currently doing them for £100, which includes printing onto canvas and delivery within the UK.

Contact me for more details or to request your own pet portait.

Cheryl Cole caricature

I’ve been working on a couple of secret projects for the last couple of weeks, so haven’t got much to show for my daily drawing, except for a few really crappy sketches, which will never be seen by human eyes. I was having a really bad drawing day yesterday, so I thought I’d do some warm up sketches tonight. Ended up getting really into it and worked for about two hours on this Photoshop sketch of lovely Cheryl Cole.

Cheryl Cole - 2 hours in Photoshop

Cheryl Cole - 2 hours in Photoshop

It’s notoriously difficult to caricature beautiful women without making them look ugly or fake. The whole idea of caricature is to accentuate those features that make the face unusual, which usually results in something quite grotesque, not an ideal way to capture beauty. But I think it’s possible to accentuate the particular features that make someone unique and beautiful, it’s just a lot trickier than giving someone a massive nose!

Sunday Life Drawings

Life drawing again today. I was running late, so didn’t have time to get my watercolour stuff ready. I’ll take them next week. Here’s my favourite sketch from this week, you can see the rest on my life drawing page.

10 minute sketch

10 minute sketch

Still going strong with the daily drawings. Only sketched for 10 minutes on Thursday, but that’s better than nothing. As it’s coming up to Christmas, I’ve been drawing and painting a few things that need to remain secret for now! I’ll post them after Christmas.