Scenes from Parliament: The Commons

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A study of the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions. I started this piece as technical challenge; I wanted to see if I could handle this much information while at the same time keep everything in perspective. Towards the end I became much more efficient at painting these miniature portraits, and began to render them in groups rather than individually. I enjoyed distilling the tiny figures into a few brush strokes, in the distance they become entirely abstract. If you look closely you might just be able to spot Theresa May to the left of the Dispatch Box, she sports long legs tipped with pointy shoes, and her signature salt and pepper hair.

Media: Gouache.

Question Time from Stirling.

 

bbcqt_nov16_russell_webIt was a stirling Question Time from Stirling, Scotland this week. (British television programme in which the public pick the brains of a panel of politicians, journalists, etc.) It’s fun to try and hastily draw the panel, and even members of the public, who only appear for a few seconds with their questions—it’s good practice. Most elusive to draw is the programme’s long serving host David Dimbleby, who either stares head bowed into his notes, or makes quick birdlike movements. I was happy with this week’s drawing, so decided to work it up to a finished piece together with a QT inspired background. Brexit, Scottish independence, Trump, and post-truth politics were the main themes taken up by a noticeably split audience, and panel.

Media: Brush pen, and Photoshop.

The infographic.

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I was commissioned to produce the above infographic for Clothesline Media, a multimedia company with storytelling at their heart. They are based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The brief was to illustrate the story behind the founding of the company. There was a lot of head scratching involved, puzzling the drawings together and weaving the text around them , but it all came together in the end.

Media: Brush pen, markers, and Photoshop.