Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Michael Shapcott is an artist from Hartford, Connecticut. He initially studied Illustration at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut but changed his major to fine art after two years. He often cites the use of both backgrounds in each work. He typically starts a work with a finely detailed graphite drawing on illustration board or canvas, then lays thin layers of acrylic, oil paint, or other media on top. All the works have a feeling of spontaneity and looseness, but the amount of detail keeps the work from looking "easy."
His work typically features up-close portraits of young women or animals (typically birds). On his website he says that music and nature inspire a lot of his work, as well as Native American Culture.
His website is: http://michael-shapcott.com/blog/
I highly recommend it, as he answers a lot of technical questions about his work and gives great advice in his blog and faq sections.
And he posts a lot of videos like this one:
In which he sings/dances/demonstrates how his technique works.