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The Studio Blog of Joseph William.

Born and raised in Sheffield, UK.
Currently based in Sydney, Australia.
26 years young.

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Charlie Kaufman - Writer/Director
Probably known more for his writing, but ‘Synecdoche New York’ which Charlie Kaufman wrote and directed has to be one of my favourite films.
A very talented and weird mind!

Charlie Kaufman - Writer/Director

Probably known more for his writing, but ‘Synecdoche New York’ which Charlie Kaufman wrote and directed has to be one of my favourite films.

A very talented and weird mind!

Sofia Coppola - Writer/Director
Continuing my theme of modern Writer/Directors, I had to do a study of Sofia Coppola.
As she arguably produced one of the best films of the 21st century in ‘Lost in Translation’.

Sofia Coppola - Writer/Director

Continuing my theme of modern Writer/Directors, I had to do a study of Sofia Coppola.

As she arguably produced one of the best films of the 21st century in ‘Lost in Translation’.

Steve McQueen - Writer/Director
Probably most famous for ‘12 Years a Slave’ but he’s been doing some great work for a few years now, please go watch ‘Hunger’ if you haven’t seen it yet.

Steve McQueen - Writer/Director

Probably most famous for ‘12 Years a Slave’ but he’s been doing some great work for a few years now, please go watch ‘Hunger’ if you haven’t seen it yet.

Paul Thomas Anderson - Writer/Director
This is another experiment in trying to scale back the layers whilst creating pleasing portraits without it looking too digital or overworked.
I’m much happier with this than I am with previous attempts.
I’d like to do a series of portraits of true creatives, most people wouldn’t know what PTA looked like, yet he’s managed to make some of our generations most incredible and important films.

Paul Thomas Anderson - Writer/Director

This is another experiment in trying to scale back the layers whilst creating pleasing portraits without it looking too digital or overworked.

I’m much happier with this than I am with previous attempts.

I’d like to do a series of portraits of true creatives, most people wouldn’t know what PTA looked like, yet he’s managed to make some of our generations most incredible and important films.

Did this for Wired Magazine a couple of months ago, its for the UK’s current issue.
An interesting article on how to extract gold from old devices, definitely worth a read!
Art Direction from Ben Fraser and Paul Rider

Did this for Wired Magazine a couple of months ago, its for the UK’s current issue.

An interesting article on how to extract gold from old devices, definitely worth a read!

Art Direction from Ben Fraser and Paul Rider

Working on some potential prints for the near future… 

Working on some potential prints for the near future… 

Late last year I got to work for Andrew Diprose for the current issue of The Ride Journal, its one of my favourite publications so it was great to be a part of it. I was even lucky enough to be the first illustration in the book.
I highly recommend you go pick one up, they always sell out and all proceeds go to various charities.

Late last year I got to work for Andrew Diprose for the current issue of The Ride Journal, its one of my favourite publications so it was great to be a part of it. I was even lucky enough to be the first illustration in the book.

I highly recommend you go pick one up, they always sell out and all proceeds go to various charities.

I recently moved to Australia and I’ve been neglecting this blog while I try and set my life up here.
Heres a little piece I did the other day, I’m trying to experiment with textures and clipping masks. I picked this off a tree outside of where I’m staying. I love Australian wildlife its so different from anything you see in Europe and a constant reminder of how far away I am.
Also looks like I have a busy schedule over the Christmas period, with a few really exciting commissions to work on. 

I recently moved to Australia and I’ve been neglecting this blog while I try and set my life up here.

Heres a little piece I did the other day, I’m trying to experiment with textures and clipping masks. I picked this off a tree outside of where I’m staying. I love Australian wildlife its so different from anything you see in Europe and a constant reminder of how far away I am.

Also looks like I have a busy schedule over the Christmas period, with a few really exciting commissions to work on. 

Jack London

A little experiment with overlaying colours, I might do a whole series of writers.

I’m not that happy with the last set of portraits I did, I think they look a little too digital.

Medusa - An Underwater Experiment

Medusa (plural medusae) is the word for Jellyfish in: Greek, Finnish, Portuguese, Romanian, Hebrew, Serbian, Croatian, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian and Bulgarian.

Not entirely sure why the English language gets such a ridiculous word for this animal.
This was a piece that I came up with after watching some shark documentary, and then researching to find out whether Barcelonas beaches was home to any. Apparently not.
But we do have a few of these guys instead.
 
This is some more rendering practice and trying to deal with shadows and light in an underwater environment, which is pretty difficult, but bubbles are pretty fun to Illustrate.
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Pretty happy with how this turned out, I may do a series of landscape images for people to use as desktop backgrounds.

Heres the final pencil and finished line work. I kept the pencil really loose in an effort to loosen up the finished line work. Something I’m still working on.

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Heres the breakdown of the layers. Its amazing what a difference the shadows and highlights make.

Obviously this breakdown of layers cuts out the the arduous process of deciding on palette, which I tend to do after I’ve coloured everything in black and white first.  

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