Jamie Frost – Lie Of The Land

Jamie Frost a figurative artist that produces drawings, as well as sculptures. I have only seen two of  his small scale sculptures, but it is his drawings that have me spell bound! They are incredible both in scale and with detail. He manages to keep your eye moving continuously throughout viewing one piece of his work.

silent disco
Silent Disco 2014, archival ink pen on paper.

The grey-scale pieces are remarkable and the depth that is created; you could reach out and touch the subject and it be a real person.

Interestingly, the artist draws the initial shape of the form using charcoal, applying it as a base to work up from. This creates shadow and an outline to work to. Ink fine writers are then used to create the detailed marks. The marks are applied in long fine lines that echo the contours of the body; built up in layers and worked into to create dense areas.

It would be interesting to see what the figure would look like as just charcoal, and just as the fine writer marks.




Nothing to declare
Nothing to Declare 2015, archival ink pen and watercolour on paper

This piece had me flummoxed  for ages as up close i thought ‘that is a lot of paper for just two hands based at the bottom’. It was only when i stood back, i realised there was actually the rest of the figure on the paper as well.

It is done so subtly and delicately that you fail to notice at first. The wash background allows you to focus even more on the hands as the shading draws your eyes down to the points where the drawing seems to come to life.

This was one of my favourites at the exhibition.





falling woman-filtered
Falling Woman 2015, archival ink pen on paper.

This was one of the largest pieces in the exhibition. You cannot get a sense of scale from this image, but it was huge! You would have thought the detail would look ridiculous because you would have to scale it up, but actually it was perfect. It was dense enough to build areas of colour that looked like the contours of the skin and faint enough in areas where it faded out to much paler sections.

Whilst looking at some of the other pieces of work in the exhibition, i overheard the artist talking to a lady about his process. One of which was, for the colour drawings, when he is ready to start using his ink fine writers, he always begins with orange. I presume this would be because it is one of the paler colours, so he can build upon it with the rest of the colours, whilst also being able to see the basic outline of the figure much clearer.

Another area of interest for me is, you are always being told to not draw outlines when you are drawing from still life. You have to build everything up from shadow, applying layers. Whereas Jamie Frost does actually draw an outline. It is very fine and the colours change gradually depending on how the shadows are cast over certain areas. It is obvious that a lot of time was spent on this section (as well as for the rest).

These pieces of work are some of my favourite pieces of artwork i have seen in a long time!


Reference (all images) –

Frost, J. (c2015). Jamie Frost_Figurative Fine Art. Retrieved 27 March, 2016, from http://www.jamiefrost.com/jamie_frost/home_.html

Jamie Frost – Lie Of The Land

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