Beautiful Abstraction.

Art and colour are full of beautiful abstracts, but it’s the abstraction of abstract art that makes art unique and interesting.

I love art because of the vibrancy it brings. I love art because it’s not about the details that make the art interesting, rather it’s the time and effort someone has taken to make that art piece a masterpiece.

Art is a beautiful abstraction in itself considering that it’s colourful, vibrant like technicolour, but like drops of paint on a canvas. Every colourful drop of paint on a canvas makes up the masterpiece that is produced.

I know, this is probably the craziest article you will have read, but I see art as a form of expression, not just as a drawing or painting. A beautiful abstraction in the world of art from my eyes is being able to express yourself artistically, whether it would be using a pencil or paintbrush, expressing your emotions, your creativity and your hard work and effort go a long way even if it takes time.

Art, to me, is a time-lapse of hard work. Art is a journey, but a time-lapse of hard work in the art world is the beginning of the artistic masterpiece which progresses to the conclusion of the finished masterpiece.

To rush art is a waste. To take all the time in the world to produce art in small leaps and bounds now and then can make that artwork that’s produced carefully with care and precision a true work of art and also as a true masterpiece.

A delayed masterpiece is a true work of art. A rushed masterpiece is a waste, but a delayed masterpiece is better than no masterpiece.

Art is inspiring and I hope that this inspired you.

Alex Smithson

Artistic Interpretation #7 / Beyoncé Giselle Knowles

Following hot on the heels of my previous Artistic Interpretation which was based on the iconic music legend, Prince Rogers Nelson, I started working on Artistic Interpretation #7 which focuses on the Destiny’s Child musician and solo hit-maker, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles.

I wanted to draw Beyoncé as a way of celebrating the heartwarming news that broke on the 1st February that she was expecting twins.

I decided to take my time to draw her because I wanted to make sure I could shade certain areas of the drawing so that her facial features stand out the same as I would want for her hair to stand out.

For me, drawing Beyoncé was quite a challenge, because I referred to the photograph that was taken of her that announced she would headline the Super Bowl on the 3rd February 2013, which was fantastic, given that Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams performed alongside her for the hit record, Bootylicious, with her most recent Super Bowl appearance being at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show that took place last year, when she performed alongside Bruno Mars and Coldplay.

Below is my artistic interpretation of Beyoncé Giselle Knowles.

Artistic Interpretation #7 / Beyoncé Giselle Knowles
Artistic Interpretation #7 / Beyoncé Giselle Knowles

I am pleased with the overall result, as I had made sure to spend time on drawing Beyoncé, given that I wanted to make sure this drawing would not just celebrate Beyoncé as a musician, but that this drawing would celebrate her music career, given that she has been on the music scene for a long time now.

Again, congratulations to both Beyoncé & Jay Z on the pregnancy and may both your twins be blessed with perfect health, love, compassion, care, respect and support. I love you both.

Please feel free to comment below what you thought of my artistic interpretation of Beyoncé. I would love to hear your feedback.

Alex Smithson

Hello…It’s Me, Adele. (Artistic Interpretation #5) [Article #400]

I wanted to celebrate this 400th article in style by drawing Adele for my fifth artistic interpretation.

I thought it would be a lovely idea to draw Adele considering the massive global success she has and is thanks to her third studio album, 25, going to Number 1 in almost every single country, including her Hello video receiving well over 1.5 billion views in just under a year.

I can admit, there will be some confusion regarding this drawing, because when I was drawing Adele completely freehand with a photo reference of her looking up, I did notice that I could somewhat see Ruby Wax, and a hint of the musician, P!nk, including a slight hint of Elizabeth Taylor, given the eyelashes.

I wanted to draw just the features of Adele’s face like I did previously with Amy Winehouse, as I wanted to make Adele’s facial features stand out.

Below is my fifth artistic interpretation drawing of Adele in its full glory.

Adele Drawing by Alex Smithson

Overall, I feel I have improved quite a lot since I’ve been developing my drawing skills more, and I feel absolutely pleased with the end result I have achieved from this drawing I have done of Adele.

If you enjoyed this article and loved the drawing, please feel free to submit feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: October 2014

To mark the end of what has been a not so good month, I will go through a quick roundup of the articles that I did over the course of October.

I started off this month with a new article based on an autumnal dawn that broke, where there was suspected to be a warm spell supposedly lasting until the end of November, which is absolutely false, because the weather, recently, has been very cold, even at night, what with the cold snap being just around the corner. Autumn is slowly, but surely creeping in, which sort of worries me because of the fact that last year’s bad weather was much worse than it was initially presumed, given the fact Hurricane St Jude was causing trouble for the UK over a night or two. This article would mean that October would also be a very busy month for me, given the fact I will be committing more to the work I receive whilst I’m at college.

I did a special music feature for the Sydney-born singer, Vander. Known as: “William Vandermade”, Vander, over the last few years, has enjoyed worldwide success in both the international and local industries. His music was also featured and played around the world on many of the various radio stations, including countries, such as the UK, the US and Australia. To add, Vander’s music has also been featured in several different newspapers, featured on radio shows, in a wide range of different magazines, podcasts and blogs. His music has grown on me since I listened to his debut single: “Back to the Sun“, and things are set to get even better soon, as Vander has said to me on Twitter that: ” The EP is getting closer to being done!”. This leaves me feeling even more excited, as I can’t wait to listen to Vander’s EP as soon as he releases it.

The next article would focus on The Big Draw 2014, a drawing event like never before, as this would also fill October with a month full of hard work, drawing, and also, wide-scale designs. I’m a part of The Big Drae event, as I study Art & Design at Level 2 on the UAL course, and it is a fantastic opportunity not just for me, but also for all of you who are willing to take part in such an important event. The Big Draw will also give you the chance to show off your own drawing skills, and also your creativity of further skills that connect to Art & Design, and also The Big Draw. One tip I did add to the article I crafted about The Big Draw, was that if you are taking part in this event, always make sure that what you create is your own, and never use or copy anyone else’s works. Plagiarism is never the answer, that is why I recommend that you always be original, create something that is your own, and make what you design original, because being original and doing something that is your own will indicate that you have done something yourself that no-one has ever done before.

On the 19th October, the world lost one of the most-loved Loose Women, which was Lynda Bellingham. Lynda Bellingham passed away at the age of 66 on the 19th October from colon cancer. I found out the news of Lynda’s death the day after she died, as I was at college the following day that the news broke of her death. I broke down when I got home from college, as I was 15 minutes into watching the episode of Loose Women that aired earlier that day, when I cried bucket-loads. Famously known for being on the “OXO” adverts and also Loose Women, Lynda brought us all with many joyful laughs along the way, such as the famous moment where she mis-took Bob birds for the word: “Bollocks”, which has since been an unforgotten moment that made Lynda Bellingham the funniest, and most loved Loose Women I had ever known.

I’m literally breaking down in tears as I type this because it’s just looking back to the 20th October, and those few weeks before when she announced that her cancer was terminal, and that she had a few weeks to live. Before she died, Lynda released her final book, which is titled: “There’s Something I’ve Been Dying To Tell You”, which has since sold out almost everywhere since the sudden news of her death hit the headlines.

Hearing the news of Lynda Bellingham’s death, including the fact that her colon cancer was terminal really did hit me hard, as cancer is a very touchy subject nowadays, a disease that should never be left to bloom, and I had a go at one of the students at my college a few weeks before, and I won’t say who his name is, but he really pushed the wrong buttons when he made a mockery about one of my old school teachers, as he said that one of my teacher’s had cancer, and that she shaved all of her hair off. I can tell you this now, I had a go at the student because of the fact that cancer is serious and that it is not something to be laughed at. I can admit though that I took a visit down to my secondary school recently, and I saw the teacher that this student made a mockery about, and when I saw the teacher, she was in perfect health, she hadn’t shaved her hair off at all, and she wasn’t suffering from cancer at all.

Since this incident occurred, I have made sure that the student never says anything offensive again, that’s including not referencing the word, Cancer, again also. I have been keeping a close eye on the student to ensure that he will never say anything like this again. So, at the moment, I’m keeping a close eye on what he say’s, so that I can be absolutely sure he never makes a mockery of cancer again. I was getting fed up of people making comments about cancer, as almost 1 in 3 people suffer from the evil disease, or have just been diagnosed with it. If you ever get cancer, make sure to fight it with all the sheer determination you have got, you have everything in your own right to survive. I did, when I wrote the article about Lynda Bellingham’s passing, provide some clickable-named links that would help if you wanted to find out more about certain types of cancer, including colon cancer.

We will miss you loads Lynda, and you will never be forgotten, your memory and laughs live on forever xxxxxxxx.

Earlier today, I did an article based on BBC’s Genome Project, which focuses on the programmes that were on the day I was born, and certain programmes that may have been on certain TV channels the day you were born. I was surprised when I took a look back to the day I was born, as I was shocked to find out that the two BBC channels, BBC One & BBC Two, were the only two BBC channels that were around, before the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) started making further channel additions. The standard cable channels, such as ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and other standard cables were the only channels that were on the day I was born.

If you want to turn back time, you can now take a look at the article before this one, where I have provided the link at the bottom of the previous article, which will enable you to track back to the programmes that were on, on the day you were born.

To conclude, this month has been an absolutely eventful month which I won’t forget in the long run, but one more thing…


Alex Smithson

The Big Draw 2014 – A Drawing Event Like Never Before

The Big Draw 2014 fills October with a month of hard work, drawing, and also wide-scale designs. As I’m a part of The Big Draw now I study at Croydon College, this is a fantastic opportunity not just for me, but also for those of you who are taking part in such an important drawing event.

What is The Big Draw?

The Big Draw is where you have to create a drawing that is large and wide, but to also create something that is your own, so that you can make sure your drawing really stands out from the crowd.

Is The Big Draw an easy event?

In honesty, it actually isn’t as easy as you think, because your drawing skills require a lot more focus and attention, for example, if you create something that is big, you need to be sure that your work will really stand out, if you want to be able to create something that is immediately going to grab the person’s attention.

Is this your first time in taking part in this particular event?

To be honest, this is the first time that I have ever taken part in an event like this, as this event will be able to give me a chance to expand my creative ideas and drawing skills further.

Which 2 artists do you believe are or may be connected to The Big Draw event?

In my eyes, I believe that Pablo Picasso and Julian Opie are connected to The Big Draw event, because they have crafted their own works in their own format, but also in a way where their own works will be remembered by many for generations to come.

Is Art an easy subject or not?

Art is actually a difficult subject at the end of the day, because, depending on the workload you are given, you have to make sure that your work is your own, and that you don’t plagiarise on the many famous works that other artists have created.

To conclude, what one useful tip can you give to those who are also taking part or have taken part in this event?

The tip I have in mind which I want to share with all of you, is to be original. Always make sure that you create something that is your own, and that what you make is your own, and no-one else’s. If you plagiarise, it won’t do you any good, because after all, copying what other people have created could eventually land you in heaps of trouble.

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Alex Smithson