So recently I've been extremely busy with blogging, visiting my mom, seeing the Hobbit!, and, of course, the real killer: school. I just finished all my ISUs (final projects worth 15-20% of our final mark) and I'm onto my second exam tomorrow. So I won't be so busy after exams, but this week has been stressful as fuck. Despite that, this semester has been seriously rewarding personally. I may have put photography aside a little bit but I've picked it up again recently and have lots of photo to work on.
But anyway, he's Bettie. For a long time I've wanted to complete a portrait of Bettie for myself. I wanted to chose a photo that compelled me the most, and this one is definitely it. This is half of my 200 mark ISU for year 11 art. We had to choose a theme and create two large pieces in any media, at least one being graphite, and provide a paragraph for each piece and one for the topic (an Artists Statement).
I can sum mine up really quickly - Subculture. Subculture is, and always has been, a huge part of my life. In the recent 3-4 years, rockabilly, Bettie, the 30s-60s, the list is endless, have inspired me intensely on absolutely everything I do. My hair, clothes, vocabulary, attitude, ambitions and goals, my entire lifestyle. So I decided to complete three things while doing this topic; 1 - create my large piece of Bettie, 2 - create my large piece of Poison Ivy ( [link]
) and 3 - Reflect how important subculture is to my artwork and lifestyle. Just the aesthetics of it all is greatly compelling.
Okay, so this si the first time in a very long, long time I've had this much to say about a piece I've posted online, so I think I'll stop it here and just provide technical information while I sit back and quietly enjoy.
30.5 x 45.7 cm / 12 x 17 in
Pure graphite - 8b, 4b, 2b, F, graphite pencil and graphite powder.
Approx. 6.5 Hrs
DETAIL SHOTS: [link]