Abstract Potrait Ideas

It’s GCSE final art exam time, and I have decided to create a piece that combines portrait art and surrealist/abstract styles. Here are a couple of strange, preliminary ideas, whereby some of the face is fully rendered where others aren’t – a lot of fun to draw!




Surreal Lion Oil Painting

For my GCSE art coursework final piece, I coalesced the themes of surrealism and romanticism into one, along with the ideas of nature and force. Consequently, after hours of painting, I have completed this surreal lion concept – the romanticism part being shown in the mountains in the background. This was great fun to paint, especially when creating the rock textures in the landscape with the oil paints and going into detail with the very extravagant mane of the lion.

Inspiration for this piece included artists such as Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran for the romanticism, and Ellen June and Peter Mohrbacher for the surrealism.


Jamie Cullum Illustration

I decided to create another piece in a similar style to that of my “Fantastical Animals” series, although this time with a person – in this case, the incredible Jamie Cullum. He is a huge inspiration to me music wise, so I thought he would be the perfect individual to try out this surreal type of approach to portrait painting. I enjoyed creating the weird doodle-like craziness that surrounds him, so I’ll most likely be using it more often in the future! Painted digitally in sketchbook pro on a Cintiq 13hd.

P.s – Happy New Year!!

Collection piece