12 January 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News Your Local Training Specialist Richard O'Neil - Diary Cover Artist
How do you create your pictures? What is the process - is it complicated? Do you go out and take photos first? I draw my pictures with a
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Some examples of Richard's work including the cover artwork for our town diary this year.
stylus on an iPad. Having done a lot of traditional drawing and painting I wouldn’t say the process is any more complicated than they are - but like any medium it does have some idiosynchracies you need to get used to (for example you can’t work in bright sunlight or rest your hand on the screen and most styluses are big stubby things that you wouldn’t think lend themselves to fine work). Ideally I will always go out and take reference photos first and work from them. From there it’s just a process of studying the form and interpreting what you see in your style. I’ve also this year started experimenting with scenes that don’t exactly exist in reality (the Coast to Coast Walk, or the route of the Tour de Yorkshire for example).
What are your favourite types of place to draw? I love drawing coastal scenes,
both towns and countryside. I also like to tackle places that are perhaps a bit unloved, give them a bit of TLC and spruce them up a bit. I think almost anywhere can make a good subject, you’ve just got to understand the location and make the best of what it has to offer.
How do you decide what to There’s a number of different
ways subjects are chosen. Often places are suggested to me by the companies that license my work. Other times it can be places that interest me or sometimes I’ll draw a picture to remind me of a particular visit to somewhere. For example we had a family visit to Hawes recently for Mother’s Day and I took a picture of the church which I then drew when we came home. Drawing a place
has a way of fixing it in your mind that simply taking a photo doesn’t. I’m always on the lookout for inspiration when we’re out and about! You hand-draw your scenes
- is that important to create the clean, sharp image? Do people assume that digital art is done purely on a computer? I think drawing by hand helps
draw the viewer into the picture and gives it a human element that can otherwise be lacking. Digital art can sometimes I think be a bit clinical. As though the artist is one step removed from the finished article. My fingerprints are metaphorically all over my pictures. They’re full of wonky lines, imperfect curves and bits of colour that aren’t quite matching. I like to think that’s part of their charm. Whereabouts do your images
appear - on magazine and book covers, posters, mugs? It’s very hard to keep track of this these days. I licence
my pictures to number of companies who sell to outlets all over the country. Initially it tended to be just prints and cards but now it seems my pictures can be put onto almost anything. Yorkshire Cycling teatowels were very popular recently for example! I’m not privy to the details of who exactly they sell to so it can often be a nice surprise to be visiting somewhere and come across your own work. My wife was at a meeting at The Deep in Hull recently and was surprised
to see them selling my work. Can people (individuals) commission an artwork? Definitely! I’m always open
to commissions and have done lots of work for individuals over the years. Some people like a picture of their house or a particular view of a favourite location. I’m happy to draw anything really! Buy prints of Richard's
work including Halesworth, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Bungay at his website www. richardoneillart.co.uk
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