I’m part of a collective of artists called Happy Medium. Weformed 3 years ago, some of us knew each other through school, and the rest met through a common interest: Art. We started meeting with the intention to doodle in company, and we naturally began sharing ideas, techniques and critique. It led to collaborative pieces on canvas using posca’s, a very pub friendly way of painting. This created an interest in our work, and praise from the people in the bars where we met. Ideas flowed, and we soon found ourselves doing much larger live painting at music nights and festivals.
To have people look at your work is difficult, but once you allow it to happen your work evolves at a faster pace. People often ask ‘where do you start with a piece like that?’ or state ‘I could never draw that’, the truth is that no one can until they do. Each piece is an evolution of all of the ones that came before it. Each piece that I do is made up of things that I’ve seen, down to the obscure details.
I look at literally hundred’s, maybe thousand’s of images when I’m working on a piece. When I’m drawing a hand, I take photos from different angles, lighting, and distance. I think about what’s under, in, and on the skin. What the hand is holding, how tight the grip is, how old the hand is, how weathered it may be, then I move onto the next part. Metal, wood, rope, rain coat… I look at all of these things as I work, taking just enough reality to make you think ‘if it was real…’
The most recent piece I’ve worked on in Make Your Marks is now on display in Bocs gallery in Caernarfon. I started with pencil, then pen, and finished it digitally. It’s part of an exhibition by Happy Medium and is on until February 2nd.I’ve started another collective at The Heights with Tam, called Make Your Marks. We meet Tuesday nights at 7pm with the hope that it will benefit others, like Happy Medium has myself. Make Your Marks is an informal collection of artists, of varied levels working with an assortment of mediums; pens, pencils, acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, pastels, and digital. There are no fees involved, and people bring their own materials. Art need not be a solitary pastime.
This blogpost was written by Chris Williamson, one of the artists of Happy Medium for the Llanberis Heights blog. Published with permission of the author.