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Ai Wei Wei Portrait
Ai Wei Wei Portrait
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On the day of creating this portrait, I had been overcome by the intense desire to make something.

I love painting with charcoal & acrylic as it combines both illustrative & painting practises. Shading is easy to adjust & the mess that is created in the process is oddly satisfying. Whilst I knew what I wanted to work with I had nothing to work on. No art paper. No canvases. Only a stack of cardboard boxes after moving house. I took the largest box I could find, cut away the short sides to create a surface upon which to paint.

The cardboard became the best canvas for the chosen medium as the contrast made the work really stand out & the rough edges capture the spontaneity. At the end I wiped my hands & cleaned my brushes around the edges & over the portrait - caught up in the fun of getting messy. The end product makes it feel almost dreamlike, like seeing the artist through clouds. It is this finishing touch that most people ask about & seem drawn in by.

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