Welcome to my collections page.
Providing unique pieces of artwork is the main focus of what I am trying to achieve as an artist.
I have created this page to showcase my own artwork.
Commissions / Paintings / Pencil Drawings
With every commission I complete I insure my client is briefed in full throughout the process. Some clients like to see their artwork being created, some prefer the final reveal of the finished piece.
I am happy to provide either service for you.
I use an order book for commissions - on a first come first served basis.
On booking you will know the day I will start your artwork
If you have any questions please ask. I can provide artworks to any size or shape but generally work in A1 - 23.4 x 33.1 inch - 594 x 841 mm A2 - 16.5 x 23.4 inch - 420 x 594 mm A3 - 11.7 x 16.5 inch - 297 x 420 mm. Please contact me
Why I enjoy creating art:
You have heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words and such is true. I believe that when drawing it is critical to get an emotion down. An artist cannot simply pick a subject matter and then regurgitate it back onto paper. It has to have some form of life. Emotions are what set us apart and make us unique. There is probably a face that just makes you laugh, a mother or father’s stare that made you behave, and a twinkle in someone’s eye that let you know to ask them on a date. In art, especially in portrait drawings, you have to capture an emotion.
The eyes – critical to get accurate
Many of the portraits that I draw focus primarily on the eyes. Sometimes I do not even bother with the full face but just use the eyes to identify the character. I find it rather remarkable that if I draw a certain celebrity’s eyes that others can identify that character immediately from my initial work in progress shots. Trying to capture a simple glance can tell a person so much. Whether the glance is relating to an emotion, telling a story, or making you think a certain thought, all these can be captured. The eyes tell a story, they give a message to those which look upon them. In my images I believe that any good portrait must start with the eyes. I try to relate that emotion whether that emotion is the desire and passion in a woman, the intense stare of 007, or the deadlocked analyzing eyes of a cheetah surveying its prey.
The pose/ positive and negative space in portrait art
Emotion plays hand in hand with the pose or “motion” of a picture. My portraits try to relate a sense of emotion by capturing a realistic pose and by envisioning the space surrounding the focus of the artwork.
What I do not want to do is just recreate all the same poses which have already been drawn or get to photo realistic. I like to experiment with the overall pose and space of the portraits. True, I do draw some “traditional” poses to capture emotions (such as in family portraits or iconic celebrity portraits), but for the most part I do try to put my own spin on things.
The colour dictates the mood of the portrait
Since I started portrait drawing, I have evolved from just using pencil and paper to colour integrations. I have always loved using colours in my artwork but it was only recently that I fully embraced the possibilities and potentials that using various colours in my artwork could yield.
Of course, I do understand that certain colours give off certain emotions and so I play to those colours as well. Again, the overall goal is to present you with a portrait that shows emotion.
What emotions do you want to capture?
Is there a moment in time that you would like to have captured? If you have a picture or a series of pictures and want to have a unique portrait rendered please let me know. I use pencil as well as other mediums (such as paint) to artistically capture emotions. All my work is available in signed prints. If you have any enquiries as to why I love to draw portraits, how I go about capturing the best process, colour choice, stories for my portraits, or if you just have a general question, please let me know in the box above.
Rob Thompson BA hons