I’m not usually so excited about a music video release but when I started seeing stills from the video to Rihanna’s latest song ‘Work’ (a surprise favourite of mine from her), the imagery alone was enough to get me interested. Moody, coloured lighting in gorgeous, rich shades of blue and pink (a colour-duo I’ve always been drawn to), harsh angles of light and shade and the ever-increasingly stunning singer all together in this calm, lounge environment… And then, Drake!
Anything to do with Drake, I’m on it.
I wanted to paint it instantly but I actually decided not to at first. I don’t really like hopping on trends, doing things that I’m sure other people will be doing too. So I dismissed the idea and went looking for something else to draw. I came up with a few ideas but my mind kept going back to snapshots from that video. I was thinking about how I’d use the colours to create a sort of tri-tone look, and how I’d keep the outlines to a minimum to achieve the sort of calm, soft, edgeless vibe that the video has…
In the end, I couldn’t really avoid it.
So I set out painting, trying to be quite strict with the number of colours and shades I used, only adding subtle tonal differences where necessary. I had to be super-careful with this one, because unlike my other paintings where wonky faces and imperfections are pretty standard, this one actually had to maintain some kind of likeness to a real person. Injecting my style while still trying to get Rihanna’s features to look like her features was a massive challenge.
Overall, I’m quite thrilled!
This painting is now available for sale here.
Check out the video that inspired the whole thing below.
There’s no one way that a sketchbook should look. Inside or out. No limits, and no rules. This is the place- if nowhere else-