Artwork Feature: A Portrait of R.M. Armstrong

19621765_10213860581098329_782726069_n

Oil on linen canvas, 2016, David Nkansah

‘I decided to create this half-length portrait of my friend in first year, with the goal of showing the viewers a bit about the creative process in making a piece of artwork. I have done this by exposing some of the base layers in the painting, mainly around the sitter’s chest area.

Since the idea was a simplistic study of Ross, I decided to position him off-centre to bring more personality to the composition. The diluted horizontal and vertical earthy background lines give dimensionality to the figure, bringing him to the foreground of the pictorial space (a technique in the way of aerial perspective, where distant objects are represented more faintly and in less detail). I chose to use highly dramatic lighting to give the figure a more monumental and sculpture-like finish.’

David Nkansah

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s