How To Create Your Own Pop Art
Create a Personal Gift With Pop Art
Some of the earliest memories of my father is watching him working on something, from fabricating a gondola swing, sculpting a weird clay monster statue with coloured stones stuck on it (it was the seventies) and painting boomerangs in Adelaide Australia, to pastel painting pet portraiture in Nottingham England. So it was only a matter of time before I picked up a paint brush.
Over the years I have been interested in a varied and broad range of art from Chiaroscuro to Relief Sculpture.
Last year I was asked to create a pop art canvas, until then I hadn't thought much about Pop art, mostly because I had not seen it hung somewhere.
I'm not going to write about the history of Pop Art or pieces I like, it's too expansive.
I want to share how I create Pop art and how you can with a paint brush as opposed to a computer and printer.
The key is creating a good template
I start with a photograph of the person and sketch it onto a large thick sheet of paper.
if you are working on large canvases then paper can be taped together to make a larger template.
if you're not confident in capturing a likeness with your sketching skills then the grid system works well to scale up the drawing.
Drawing from a grid - Mark the photo in removable marker or photocopy the original.
Number the grid drawing the same amount of lines on your template. Use larger wider measurements for the grid on your paper or card template, the more squares the tighter, more accurate the detail.
I Can't Draw - You Can Now!
Draw from photos in a few minutes picking out the elements you want, any part of the photo can be enlarged. This is a great way to learn how to sketch as you can draw a subject several times until you get the confidence to sketch from real life.
This is the best way to work on large canvases and great for creating Pop Art.
How to draw faces
Pop Art StagesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Pop Art Books For Inspiration
Pop Art books for inspiration
From Photo to Pop ArtClick thumbnail to view full-size
Triple Tone Pop Art
With a touch of red