Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Dreamscape Portrait: DANNY BAKER

(ASPECT 1 : HB pencil 60mm x 40mm)
(ASPECT 2 : HB pencil 60mm x 40mm)
I like Danny Baker, he seems to be a more down-to-earth sort of bloke. What I know of him is that he started out as a journalist for the NME and went on from there. He certainly has an impressive, encyclopedic knowledge of the music industry, and probably an impressive record collection to match. I thought it was unfair the way he was treated. All he did was tweet what he thought was a funny photograph which took the piss out of royalty and the upper class, without realising an element of it could be seen as racist. A misjudgement more than anything nasty. The BBC's knee-jerk response was certainly over the top. Surprising, considering what they've been happy to brush under the carpet in the past.
ASPECT 1 does look cluttered, and I would have normally dismissed it early on as a piece due to that, but I found that it flows quite well as an image. The highlighted parts seem to help with this, drawing the eye to the smiley face in the bottom-right corner. Again, like the Siouxsie Sioux pieces (and all the dreamscape portraits I'll be doing), it's not meant to look like Danny Baker. These portraits are my own "aspects" of him.
ASPECT 2 shows what I mean by this with the character you see within it. That began to form itself very late in the Rorschaching stage. I was pleasantly surprised that it did, as it does seem to look like someone sorting through a collection of albums, relating well to the subject himself.