Category Archives: Portrait work

The Joker

The JokerThe Joker is a fictional character, a comic book supervillian appearing in publications by DC Comics. Throughout his comic book appearances, the Joker is portrayed as a highly intelligent and master criminal. Originally introduced as a psychopath with a warped,sadistic sense of humor,the character has became a goofy prankster, before returning to his darker roots. As Batman’s nemesis, Joker has been a part of many of the defining stories of that character and there has been several different tales but the most common is he fell into a tank of chemical waste which bleaches his skin white and turns his hair green and his lips bright red. As archenemy of the superhero Batman, the Joker had to be included into the comic book collection but this time we decided to do the etching on black cast acrylic which shows every little detail brilliantly. The highlight for me doing the Joker was hes teeth and eyes which every gives him character. See more pics here.

John Lennon

 

Pop star, composer, and songwriter John Lennon was born October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England.
Lennon met McCartney in 1957 and invited Paul to join his music group.
They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history.
Lennon left The Beatles in 1969 and later released albums with his wife Yoko Ono, and others.
In 1980 he was killed by a crazed fan but he has remained as popular as ever which is why i wanted to add the legend to our collection of portrait etchings. We choose this image of John Lennon as it is the iconic image of him that everyone remembers and recognizes instantly and the different elements like hes glasses made the etching that more interesting to achieve. We was able to create the effect of the glass rebounding the light that catches the edge of the glass and also the shadows that appear under where the glasses are resting upon John’s face. See more pics here.

Bob Marley

Bob MarleyBob Marley helped introduce reggae music to the world and remains one of its most beloved artists to this day.
During his lifetime, Marley served as a world ambassador for reggae music. He sold more than 20 million records, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World. In 1994, Marley was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.
Marley’s music still remains popular, more than 25 years after his passing so i had to add the legend to our collection of etchings and I’m so glad we did. The highlight for me has got to be Bobs dreadlocks as i have never etched them before and also hes eyes as they came out with a lot of expression.See more pics here

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar. Hendrix’s innovative style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form. Because he was unable to read or write music, it is nothing short of remarkable that Jimi Hendrix’s meteoric rise in the music took place in just four short years. His musical language continues to influence a host of modern musicians to this day which is one of the inspirations behind this etching.

This photo of Jimi had so much detail in hes clothing that it was a really technical piece to take on but every hour spent on creating this etching was worth it, the buttons and fur around the edge of the coat was my highlight as these aspects allowed the portrait to have a 3D appearance which really transpired well in this etching. See more pics here

Amy Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her powerful  vocals and her unique style of fashion which included her iconic beehive hair. We wanted to do a tribute portrait Amy because she had such a unique voice at such a young age which is one of the reasons she became one of the most Greatest Women In Music. The Amy Winehouse etching was a really different etching for us as the pose includes half of the torso so we was able to incorporate all of Amy’s tattoos she had down her left arm. This enable us to to get really fine detail in the scrip writing and the tiny face of her pin-up girl tattoo that was quite difficult to get right but worth every hour spent on making the etching perfect.

Amy was renowned for the way she wore her make-up and we was able to achieve her striking eyes along with her eyeliner that allow us to create such detail in the shape of the eye, as well as the eyelashes and so on. The eyes was my favourite part of the etching as well as Amy’s Beehive hair style which so far out of all the etchings Ive done, is the biggest hair style of all.

 

 

Whitney Houston

The Whitney Houston Etching was inspired by the music legend that we lost not so long ago. We have always wanted to add a Whitney Houston to our collection and we where delighted with the out come as the different intensity of shading that was achieved really allowed the portrait to come to life on the acrylic. We decided to etch on a different colour acrylic this time round which makes the portrait a lot clearer and sharper to look at allowing you to take in all the tiny details in her eyes and nose. We also designed and built ourselves a lighting wooden boxed frame  for the hand etching to sit in and glow up during the day or night. This came about from customers feedback asking about a way they too could light up there Etching at home because the etch is shown much better when lit. We used a LED strip light that runs along the bottom of the acrylic that is powered by USB so the frame can be powered by either plugging it in your PC/Laptop or using a USB plug adapter for a wall socket and a USB extension cable. This design also meant that you can plug in the frame when ever you wanted to light up the etching and also makes a really stunning night light. See pics here

Lighting base

Designed and Built ourselves a lighting base stand for the hand etched frames. This came about from customers feedback asking about a way they too could light up there frame at home because the etch is shown off much better when lit. This also allows the frame to glow and be visible in any type of lighting. We used a LED strip light that is powered by USB so the frame can be powered by either plugging it in your PC/Laptop or using a USB plug adapter for a wall socket and a USB extension cable. This design meant we didn’t have to rely on battery power so the stand could be kept clean and straight forward. See pics here

Commissioned work

For the first time we have created an etching with two portraits which took a lot longer to complete but worth every second. These two handsome men in the picture are enjoying a drink together and smiling so much which made the etching a bit different from any other etching we had done so far. There was a lot more expression in the faces that we where used which allowed us to create a lot more depth into the smile lines around the mouths and cheek areas. Without this depth the faces would have just looked flat and expressionless. Recently added more pictures of this frame lit up in the new lighting base stand we have designed and built. See pics here

Jimi hendrix Frame

This has to be my favourite portrait we have done so far. We decided on the Jimi Hendrix image as he is such a music legend and this picture of him has so much detail we just had to add this to our collection. We really liked the way hes hair and clothes came out, as well as his cigarette he is holding in his hand. We where also able to create the different textures in his scarf and shirt collar which we where really proud of. Of all the portrait etchings we have done so far,Jimi has been liked the most by everyone that has seen him and this only makes us want to do more etchings of the music legend. See pis here

Elvis Presley Frame

So we decided to do some more etchings of some famous faces so you could get a real feel for how life like the portrait becomes once all the shading is in place. We decided on this image of Elvis simply because it’s a classic picture of him that everyone would recognise. My favourite part of this etching has to be the eyes and hes hair. See pics here