Influences: Francis Bacon.

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I’ve been exploring my influences lately through the medium of drawing. Celebrating artists whose work has resonated with me, and made an impact during my formative years. First up, Francis Bacon. I have always found his paintings remarkable because of the sense of movement, and life they posses—he captured the essence of his subjects in such a profound way. I drew from video footage shot during his younger years, and peeled the acrylic paint off my palette for background colour, (Bacon had a large circular mirror in his studio, and mixed paint on the walls).

Media: India ink, acrylic, and Photoshop.

The tattoo drawing competition:

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Draw your own tattoo design in this week’s comic in The Coast, take a picture and tweet it to @drawthepublicBest design wins a print!

The drawing above was published in the 27th November issue of The Coast, a Halifax N.S weekly newspaper. The idea is to engage the public and encourage them to draw. I’m hoping at least a few people respond, enough to put together an animation. Watch this space!