This month Graeme Neil Reid unveiled his latest artistic endeavour, a movie poster for the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining, composed from acrylic paint. Graeme Neil Reid is a Scottish artist living and working in Fife, Scotland. With a strong sense for traditional skills, Graeme is as easily at home creating unique illustrations on paper, board and canvas as he is digitally in Adobe Photoshop, Manga Studio, Art Rage and various other applications. His blog is one of the few that I follow, so after stalking him for sometime I wanted to catch up with him and find out a little more about the process.
Thank you, The Shining and the work of Stanley Kubrick, Jack Nicholson et al are favourite subjects for me to illustrate and I love capturing a likeness. All of my own illustration work tends to go up for sale on my Etsy store page, if it’s commissioned then obviously the client gets the option to own the original should they wish but a lot of my work is generated by myself and I sell the work online.
That is difficult to say really, I work full time as an artist but I have around five of my own projects plus client commissions to keep me busy. Personal work I try to paint at least three or four pieces in a month but sometimes that can be more or less depending on deadlines. I produce a monthly newsletter to show what work I’ve created and run offers etc. you can sign up for that here.
No I don’t exhibit my illustration work other than online and because of my past work I occasionally attend comic conventions and sell pieces there.
If I’m doing a piece from a specific film or TV show I tend to watch the film and look into the making of the work, production notes, behind the scenes kind of thing to get a good feel for the subject. I often create mood boards which helps me keep on track with how I want a painting or illustration to feel rather than look. I listen to a lot of music and I would say Spotify (or your music supplier of choice) is a must for everyone, music can lift your soul and reduce you to tears but you need it in your life.
I actually plan to create three paintings from The Shining and although I normally paint in watercolours the Nicholson piece was created in acrylics.
I started my blog way back in 2005 and at the time I was still working full time in design and marketing so the illustration side of my life was fitted in around work and many other distractions. I did consider changing the title of my blog a few years back as it pretty much shows no distractions from work now but I like the title so it stays.
I’m online in lots of places which you kind of have to be if you are selling yourself as an artist for hire. I guess I’m on Twitter the most as it feels more like social background noise while I’m working away in my studio on my own. Facebook I post less but it usually is of more substance. I also post regularly for my Patreon supporters and try to show them what I’m working on, work in progress pics etc.