Esther Yasmin Groeneveld
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Observational Drawings

Drawings drawn from observation using black fine-line pen in several different locations around London and Cambridge.

July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2017
Cambridge Open Studios 2017
oil paint, pencils, inks, watercolour, photography, digital illustration, video art, animation
I create highly detailed work; drawing from observation using pencils or pens or painting from imagination and visual references using oil paint.
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My work can be considered to be divided over two main categories and one small category. The first is observational work. I love choosing interesting environments or elements of an environment and recording what I can see through drawing. I also love drawing portraits, however, I generally go less out of my way to make people sit still in front of me than to visit an interesting location where I can sit still for several hours. I find drawing from a photograph a lot less interesting than drawing from real life. When drawing, I like using either pencils, pens, watercolours, inks or a combination of them.

The second category that I would divide my work over is oil painting. I like painting highly detailed scenarios using strong contrasts and bold colours. I always want my paintings to tell a story or communicate a concept that I find much easier to express through an image than through words. As a result, my paintings tend to have a dreamlike, one could say surrealist, quality to them. 

I admire and am inspired by the works of many different artists, amongst which include Josephine Wall, M.C. Escher, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau and Yayoi Kusama.  

The last small category that I can divide my work over is experimental. I get moments where I really want to learn or experiment with a different medium and so I will chose a project that will allow me to do that. Amongst these mediums have been photography, video and animation, woodwork, electronics (making circuit boards), digital illustration and computer programming.  

I currently hold a foundation diploma in art and design from Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) and a bachelor's degree in design from Goldsmiths, University of London.