Finished Main Piece

With this piece I had to limit with myself. Much of my earlier criticism was to do with the habit I have of overdoing a piece, hence why I was trying to break out of this mould.  I felt I struck a good balance here when considering the area of hypnotic symbols still remaining.  There is definitely a premature element here.




Next Phase of Main Piece

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Further Development of Main Piece

As part of the next phase I have added more depth, particularly with some heavy areas of diluted black oil. I have also added another level of depth to the rib cage underneath the portrait.

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Development of Main Piece

Here I have started layering the foundations of the subject. I have already blocked out the rib area, and have then started mapping out the proportions of the facial features. I must not lose sight of the symbols and overpower them.



Subliminal Messaging

There is an interesting suggestion that authority uses subliminal messaging to control or rather contain society. This is something that I want to explore in this piece. Surely it’s relates to Foucault‘s theory of the prison-like panopticon society we live in. This is an interesting video about the effects and potential effects of subliminal messaging.

Sketchbook Painting of Subject

Here are a few studies of the subject just to get a better idea of what I am painting and how to approach this piece. This is using acrylic paint, however in the main piece I want to use a combination of oil and acrylic, the oil being in the most prominent sections.



Under layers of paint will prove very important, however I must take more risks then I normally do at the same time.

Preparation for Main Piece

After deciding my subject matter and the construction of my main piece I chose to use A1 paper and a piece that I had previously worked upon. I feel this non-related under layer will give the piece more depth and more instability in a sense.



The next step was to arrange the hypnotic symbols with an ordered structure in mind. Drawing influence from Mark Bradford’s piece ‘Receive Calls on Your Cellphone From Jail,’ and it’s panopticon theme.


This orderly construction of the hypnotic symbols being a statement on our society. I was considering having many different hypnotic signs, however I felt restricting this aspect makes the piece more powerful in terms of suggesting a union amongst us. Individuality being a very rare thing.






I have then applied a couple layers of diluted acrylic paint. I realised from experimental work a lighter color works better on the whole, however I added more depth with the second layer of black. Once the symbols were painted upon their power were immediately drained, however their presence is still there, they are now much more easy on the eye. I left some sections of the hypnotic signs bare in a bid not to overpower them.