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Cillian Murphy.

Cillian Murphy aka Tommy Shelby

Every January I take some time out from painting  to plan my year. There is only one way to improve and that is to study those who have paved the way for you. As a result the work improves.

There are many artists to study. The Old Masters especially Rembrandt for his use of chiaroscuro and texture in his portrait work.

I am a big fan of Daniel Gerhartz. He is a gifted artist and a brilliant teacher. I would highly recommend his online courses.

Check out his website For instance in concise and practical terms Daniel explains the importance of accurate values and the techniques to apply them for a powerful painting.

In terms of ups killing John Singer Sargent is a must. I have stood in front of his amazing artwork at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York and photographed his work and sketched and taken notes.

I then like to do a portrait piece to concentrate on skin tones and the subtle changes in light and form.

This year  I decided to paint a famous Irish person.

Why Cillian Murphy ?

Oh lots of reasons.  For instance, he is such a prolific actor and completely embodies every character that he plays. I’m a big fan of his work.

Any production I have seen Cillian in has been thoroughly enjoyable.

For instance Cillian  was mesmerising as Kitten Braden in Breakfast on Pluto.

He was priceless as John in Intermission.In addition, The Wind That Shakes the Barley one of the best war time movies I’ve ever seen.

Countless others, Intermission, Perriers Bounty to name a few.

Peaky Blinders is one the best BBC dramas

I’ve ever seen.

Cillian is just phenomenal as Tommy Shelby.

In addition there is the bone structure, and those eyes.

In conclusion, I also like the fact that he keeps his private life private.  He is a true artist and I am a huge fan. Looking forward to seeing what Cillian  does next.

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