Features: Original

Medium: Charcoal, Graphite, Watercolor, Paper

Style: Realism, Figurative

Subject: People

Dimensions: W: 22″ x H: 30″ x D: “

Weight: 1 lbs.

Country: United Kingdom


Inspired by my love of the wild west, a life a freedom, with no fences and boundaries. I have a huge appreciation of American culture and this piece was inspired by the idea that one man’s dream can be another man’s nightmare. We are always envious of the way others live their lives but should remember that even the wealthiest man on earth isn’t happy all of the time. Do we ever really know what is going on inside someone’s head? Each line on his face tells of struggles and hard work.

Additional Information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions22 × 30 in


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Acrylic: Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted with water, or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.

Board: Paperboard is a thick paper-based material. While there is no rigid differentiation between paper and paperboard, paperboard is generally thicker than paper and has certain superior attributes such as foldability and rigidity.

Canvas: Canvas is typically stretched across a wooden frame called a stretcher and may be coated with gesso before it is to be used; this is to prevent oil paint from coming into direct contact with the canvas fibres, which will eventually cause the canvas to decay.

Collage: Collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas.

Cotton: Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypium in the mallow family Malvaceae. The fiber is almost pure cellulose.

Digital : Digital art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process.

Encaustic: Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used—some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.

Gouache: Gouache is one type of watermedia (paint consisting of pigment, water, a binding agent, usually dextrinor gum arabic, and sometimes additional inert material) and is designed to be used with opaque methods of painting.

Ink: Ink is a liquid or paste that contains pigments or dyes and is used to color a surface to produce an image, text, or design. Ink is used for drawing or writing with a pen, brush, or quill.

Lacquer: The term lacquer is used for a number of hard and potentially shiny finishes applied to materials.

Limited: A limited edition is a print with a fixed number of impressions produced on the understanding that no further impressions (copies) will be produced later. These are even signed and numbered by the artist.

Linen: Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.

Linocut: Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric.

Mixed Media: Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. “Mixed media” tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media—for example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a “mixed media” work.

Oil: Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments with a medium of drying oil as the binder. Commonly used drying oils include linseed oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. The choice of oil imparts a range of properties to the oil paint, such as the amount of yellowing or drying time. Certain differences, depending on the oil, are also visible in the sheen of the paints. An artist might use several different oils in the same painting depending on specific pigments and effects desired. The paints themselves also develop a particular consistency depending on the medium.

Original: Original works are uniquely created pieces. Though artists may create sets or series, “original” represents that there is only one in existence and is truly one-of-a-kind art.

Panel: A panel painting is a painting made on a flat panel made of wood, either a single piece, or a number of pieces joined together.

Pastel: Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation. The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process.

Photography: Photography is the science, art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.

Print: Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a print.

Screen: Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed.

Sculpture: Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. It is one of the plastic arts. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving (the removal of material) and modeling (the addition of material, as clay), in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but, since Modernism, there has been an almost complete freedom of materials and process. A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling, or molded, or cast.

Textile: Textile arts are arts and crafts that use plant, animal, or synthetic fibers to construct practical or decorative objects.

Vinyl: Vinyl siding is plastic exterior that is an engineered product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin.

Voile: Voile is a soft, sheer fabric, usually made of 100% cotton or cotton blended with linen or polyester.

Watercolor: Watercolor is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. Watercolor refers to both the medium and the resulting artwork.

Woodcut: Woodcut is a relief printing technique in printmaking. An artist carves an image into the surface of a block of wood—typically with gouges—leaving the printing parts level with the surface while removing the non-printing parts. Areas that the artist cuts away carry no ink, while characters or images at surface level carry the ink to produce the print. The block is cut along the wood grain (unlike wood engraving, where the block is cut in the end-grain). The surface is covered with ink by rolling over the surface with an ink-covered roller (brayer), leaving ink upon the flat surface but not in the non-printing areas.


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Sophie Ellen

"I’m pretty sure everyone sees the world slightly differently, but I wish to share with you my view, which, from what I have been told, is very unique, however I know no difference!

My name is Sophie, I have Autism, suffer from severe anxiety and a somewhat manageable obsession with Disney and Pajamas! Am completely self taught- after suffering a mental breakdown at the age of 18 I was never able to attend art school so dedicated my time to teaching myself.To sum up, I draw highly detailed images. I cover Paper stumps in graphite powder or charcoal to make my marks, it takes many layers to build up each piece. The topic areas and themes of my artwork may at first appearance be very random. I have a highly detailed Indian Chief in one piece and Einstein in the next. I feel that the best way to explain my art is to explain myself, so here goes.Let me take you on a journey into my mind…Imagine you are standing in my brain, it is a bit what I imagine floating in space feels like, surrounded by a sea of random points.Imagine having no sense of s p a c e or time, an hour can literally feel the same as one minute.There is no real distinction between what is real and what is imaginary.I often have a very hard time separating real life from dramatized events or characters. I may be walking my dog and see a large dark shape, my brain tells me it’s the grim reaper and instantly goes into flight or fight response. To me it is just as real as it being someone’s dustbin. Things I see on TV - I can never tell what is acting and what is real.Everything is random, memories and thoughts float about; last week feels the same as ten years ago.There is a breakdown between what my eyes see and what my brain interprets and understands. Most of the time I simply don’t understand the world around me. Life is like trying to peer through a fog.No matter how hard you try, you can sort of make things out but often it is wrong and the closer you get things don’t become any clearer.Moving through the world is like standing in front of a screen in fast forward on a video tape. I am standing watching this mass of people, stuff and language zoom past, surrounding me. I often ask myself why people have to go so fast.When I see something, I never see the whole image. It's like my brain doesn’t have enough computing power to cope, so instead it just makes my eyes take things in in small chunks like jigsaw pieces. I see all the tiny details and marks first, a slight shadow across someone’s nose, a freckle on their chin, and slowly all these pieces slip together and I realize I’m looking at a face.When I draw, I draw how I see the world at my pace.Everything goes quiet.Each image is broken down piece by piece and closely examined and drawn.My sincere hope is that when people see my art they stop, feel a sense of escapism, let themselves get lost in each tiny mark flowing together to form a shape and feel the world around them slow down, even just for a second. People's lives seem so busy and hectic in today's society, it seems to me that people are missing out on seeing the beautiful tiny details around us.So there we have it. Boy, that was exhausting to write! I hope that gives you some understanding of the broad theme of my work- detail.Now for those of you who are still with me; I wish to tell you briefly about my influences. Although the individual themes of my art may appear random, these influences are present, if you look closely enough.Masking. This is a major part of my life. HUGE. I have become an expert at it if I do say so myself. People only show you what they want you to see in this world so masking is when you put on a different face, one you think is more socially acceptable to fit in. The face you think the world should know you by because it is too scary to be yourself.I have been masking ever since I first started school. I used to watch the other girls and mimic exactly what they did on the playground. I used to hear a conversation, remember it exactly and then go and repeat it with someone else (so it appeared I was having a topical conversation with them). I used to store conversations I had heard in my head and re-use them a lot.This is a major influence in my art. Do we ever really know the person standing in front of us or the celebrity we see in the spotlight? Einstein is one of my heros. He is claimed to be a scientific genius but no one ever seemed to understand what was going on in his head.Mental health always influences my art.I asked myself the question- why do I draw? Why bother presenting myself to the world and not just keep my art for myself? Surely that would be a lot less stressful, and anxiety ridden for someone with extremely low self-esteem?...It is because I am an extremely passionate and determined person. I was never able to study art due to a mental breakdown and lack of support at University but have dedicated my time to teaching myself. I work with Autistic children at a Special Needs school and all I want to do is have a positive impact on this very large scary world.It is my hope to raise awareness and increase people's understanding of both Autism and mental health by celebrating seeing the world differently. If my art can help just one person achieve this, then my mission is complete."