Roy Batty (Blade Runner)

“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

For this painting I wanted to try something different – it had been a while since I did some detailed work, let alone a full on portrait painting. So, as an homage to the cult classic film, ‘Blade Runner’ I really wanted to do a painting of Roy Batty. In the process of the painting, which was created digitally – I stuck with the traditional work method and stayed with only one layer (except near the ending where some rain drops were added on an additional layer for designs sake).


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To watch the making of the painting, please click below.

For this particular piece however, my main aim was to improve my rendering skills, as well as work on my patience to make art for longer periods. This painting took approximately seven and a half hours to create. For the first four hours I was still hesitant and anxious to continue on, feeling nervous at the thought of failing and starting again uninspired, without any sense of aim or direction. I think between the fifth and sixth hour the confidence and the joy kicked back in again. Doing away with the anxiousness and fear.

Speaking of fear. Having recently read the creatively inspirational book ‘Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking‘ by authors David Bayles and Ted Orland, I realised that I had begun making art not for the fun and love of it but instead the attention and constant urge to gain the so-called ‘likes/shares’ and honestly the decreasing quality and content were more than apparent. I was creating art without learning anything new and knowing this, helped motivate me in to pushing myself to do better in the end.

So, creating art only for yourself rather than the attention of it will see your skills go to places you never imagined they would. 🙂