30 June 2015
The title of this blog has the names of both Hawthorn and Camberwell, which Melbournians will recognise as suburbs of this city I have now lived in for the past 18 years or so. I moved to Melbourne from my home town Bendigo, located in central Victoria for work.
So why is Hawthorn significant other than being a suburb of Melbourne? While I was still working on ‘Kaleidoscope’ my younger brother Greg asked if I was interested in drawing a portrait of the captain of the Hawthorn Football Club Luke Hodge. The Hawthorn club, also known as the Hawks are one the original 12 clubs founded. Greg is a HUGE fan of the Hawks and has been for as long as I can remember and was probably influenced by my older brother who followed them originally. The reference photograph that my brother Greg showed me really captured my imagination. It was a stunning and unique image caught in motion. Luke Hodge holds one arm up, his hand in a position that could have many meanings, his face shows concentration, the rain pours down and in the distance behind the captain is the blurred crowd.
I asked Greg for title suggestions and he immediately came up with ‘The General’, as he considered Luke Hodge to be likened to a general who commands his troops and a pinnacle player of the Hawthorn club, and the reference incredibly shows Hodge doing just that. I hope to have portrayed Hodge just as commanding, strong and in control of his game in my own portrait.
I really loved drawing this portrait. It is always a challenge capturing the details but that is one of the things I really enjoy. The reference photograph was black and white so the contrasts made it more obvious for me to obtain all the values but instead of using graphite, I used colour pencils with the subtle hues of greys and blues mixed with black and white.
I also made sure I had permission to use the reference photograph before I even considered picking up a pencil. I contacted the club via email and very promptly got a reply with permission, something I am always grateful for. Whether it be a professional Australian League Football Cub or a friend who dabbles in photography now and then, permission is considered both polite and professional.
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This month I was very excited that two of my works, ‘Death of a Gum Tree’ and ‘Kaleidoscope’ have been accepted into the prestigious Camberwell Art Show which is celebrating its 50th year and opens from the 11th to the 19th of July. It will be a wonderful experience to attend.
I was also thrilled to discover that I was one of 115 colour pencil artists whose work was chosen to be part of Ann Kullberg’s 16th Colored Pencil Annual Show. To be amongst so much talent and absolutely stunning works of art is an incredible honour and there are even a few Australians represented in this international show.