Saturday, 30 August 2014

Art Eye: The Kiss, Gustav Klimt

Firstly, I just want to say that I am so so so sorry that it has been over a week since my last post, my bad. I have just been swamped with coursework and homework and blah. Anyway, I am back this week with another art eye!

So, The Kiss, is another iconic painting. I decided to do this painting because it's my mums favourite painting and it was her birthday this week! I actually recently had to write an essay on this piece, so I should know a lot about it. Klimt is an Austrian artist, living from 1862-1918. His artwork is often associated with the Symbolism art movement, although I think it has a strong influence from Art Nouveau, and the artwork of Mucha, which is my one of my favourite era's. The Kiss, is centred on this embracing couple, and the whole painting tried to exaggerate their form and shape. This is done by the use of gold leaf and the repeated pattern. The pattern shown on the female are round or oval, and exaggerate female attributes, where as the pattern on the male is rectangular, and contrasts the female. These patterns suggest the personality and gender of the forms. I really like the texture that the pattern gives the painting. This painting is often described as sensual, but I think this painting holds more than desire, I see it more as a loving embrace. 

Seeing as he has used gold leaf, I knew that I had to incorporate the gold into it. So I started by putting a taupe colour in my crease, and blended it up to the brow. Then I ran a darker brown in the crease. I put a gold glittery shadow on my lid, and inner corner. I was going to run a brown along the lower lash line, but I think that using the dark green worked really well. I think this base would look really nice as a party look, with some eyeliner, and a strong lip. The green would work really well with brown eyes.  

I then went in with liquid eyeliners, that I had mixed into my own colours, and recreated some of the patterns. I wanted to focus on the pattern of the female form. I also took the pattern from the cliff, to tie in the green shadow more. I used a dark brown pencil in my inner and upper waterline. 

I really think that the eyeshadow base would work really well for a party look. The pop of green looks so nice. I loved doing the really detailed eye detail, and it works really well. And again, if you have any requests or questions don't be afraid to leave a comment. I will be on time next week! Haha.

HG x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Art Eye: Marilyn, Andy Warhol

Yet again, I am looking at another iconic piece of work, this time a screen print of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol. Pop Art was such a big and iconic art era, and I have seen a lot of Liechtenstein make up re creations, but never one like this. Pop Art is one of those art era's that everyone looks at in art lessons at school. It started in the 1950's, and focuses on images from popular culture, like Marilyn Monroe, and often made them ironic or into parodies. Many famous Pop Artist included ,of course, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, and Jasper Johns. 
Andy Warhol was a leading artist of this movement. He would create his work using paint, by screen prints and mono-prints, and he also created film pieces. Andy Warhol has made some of the most iconic and recognisable work of recent times. I wouldn't say I am a massive fan of the Pop Art movement, but I think the impact it had was very impressive, and you can't deny it's popularity. 

Onto my makeup! So I wanted to make this look both like the art work and the person the work is portraying. Which meant I had to get some Marilyn in there. I went to research, and watched many a you tube tutorial. So, I started off by priming my lid, and then going over my upper lid with a white eyeliner pencil. This was so that when I put on the pink pigment, it would really turn up pink. I used a blush for the pink colour, and blended out the sides a little so it wasn't one chunk of colour. I then took the white pencil again, and drew out the flicked shape on my eyelid, again I did this so that the blue eyeshadow I put over it would really pop. I did the same thing with the yellow eyeshadow in my inner corner, and I took a little of the blush colour along my bottom lash line. 

I then went on to do the liner, and this is where I had to channel my inner Marilyn. Her liner is quite thin, but starts right in the inner corner. So I used a black liquid liner, because I am useless with a gel liner, to get this line and very thin flick. I then put on mascara, working my lashes more towards the outside corner than usual, in order to elongate the eye like Marilyn did. I did use a black kohl pencil on my waterline, but I stopped around a two thirds along, because in the piece of work there is no definition of the lower lid or inner corner. 

I totally think you could do this eye makeup for Halloween, but like completely cover your face in blush and put on a blond wig, and you would be a walking Marilyn screen print. And this makeup is easy to do because there is almost no blending involved, which means it doesn't take that long! I really liked doing this look, because I tend to stick to neutral colour on a day to day basis, even if I'm going out, and its fun to play around with such vivid colours. If you have any questions, or any requests for an art eye look, please comment below. Thank you!


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Art Eye: The Water-Lily Pond, Claude Monet

The Water-Lily Pond, 1899, Claude Monet

Just look at this amazing painting. Monet is one of my favourite painters, his work is free, yet controlled, it is merely translating the shapes of colours you can see to a canvas, yet it is so beautifully done, and provokes such tranquillity. The Water-Lily Pond, and all other depictions of Monet's very own water garden that he had created from a plot of land across the road from him when he lived in Giverny, are some of the most recognisable paintings, making them very well known, and an obvious starting point for my project. Although not my favourite Monet painting (might I suggest Wild Poppies, 1873 or Ice Flores on the Seine, 1867 or even the wonderfully dark portrait, The Woman in A Green Dress, 1866), it is so well known that I instinctively went for it.

The design for this was tricky, as his work is peaceful as a whole, but when you really look at it you can see a lot more movement in the brush strokes. I changed the finally look a lot, and it is really nothing like the design now, but I am pleased with the outcome never the less. I had wanted to play around with white eyeliner, as Monet was of course interested in the effect light had on objects and on colour. But I realised it wouldn't work, this painting has no need for a white line, it just doesn't contain anything that would justify it. It made it look too harsh. Unfortunately, today I do not have a picture of my design, but I would usually place one here, hopefully I can get one up soon. 

So on to the make up! 
I started off with a lime green base, and a darker green running all the way across the eye socket I ran a purple-y blue along my lower lash line and a bit on my outer corner, and I lined my lower waterline with a white pencil. I also put a lighter colour on the tear duct.
After I had a good base, I went on to replicate the flowers you can see in many of the waterlily paintings. When you actually look at them, they are simply blobs, with a some added colour on them. I used a white gel liner as the base, and added a small amount of purple, and orange, and some pink eye shadows. I decided because the painting is based on nature, I didn't want to use mascara, because it makes it more natural, and more like the painting.

I am so pleased with how this turned out, and I am hoping to get a lot more of these done soon for you guys. Also, if you enjoyed this, and have any requests for paintings you want me to do, just leave a comment. :)

HG x

Monday, 11 August 2014

My New Project

My interests spread far a wide, but really I am passionate about a few small things in life. I have a love of art, the history of art, and creating art, but I also have a massive addiction to makeup. I have been wanting to make a blog for a while now, but being the cautious type, I didn't want to take the virtual plunge. Well finally I have. I wanted a blog, where I could talk about what I love, and share my creativity with other people. I felt I needed to stick to one of my passions, I mean a makeup and art blog is something I have never seen before. But I so desperately wanted to share both, and I thought, maybe I should combine them. And in theory, it sounds silly, but I thought I would give it a go. I came up with this idea, to take pieces of art I have studied or that are famous, or that I love, and to take that influence, and translate it into makeup. Of course I had to design my look first before I went straight onto my face. And that way, I get to do everything, I share the history of art, my own artistic talents and my own makeup creations. I thought I was really onto something. But I had to make sure. So I studied a painting, came up with a design and did it. And I am so proud that it actually worked, and so happy that this idea seems to please me to no end. I loved the time I spent designing and actually re-creating it. So I thought I would give this a shot. So, welcome to my blog, and to my new project: 'Art Eye'!

(All posts relating to the project will have titles like 'Art Eye: The Mona Lisa' as an example, all other posts are just my general ramblings and musings)