I decided to make the portraits of the Top Gear crew
after my Jenson Button portrait appeared on the show in December
2009. The idea was to make them out of my local Autotrader magazines,
using the cars and adverts. Using only two editions per portrait,
this was a challenge as the texture and colours were so different
to the textures and shine of the previous glossy F1 Racing magazines I had used for the F1 driver portraits. The idea
was to get me used to using subtle colour to create an illusion
of a black and white portrait before attempting it in the
longer, more painstaking medium of dots, so I could make the McLaren collection with more confidence.
||All the portraits together, and Maggie getting in on the shot.
||Made up of torn up Autotrader magazines. Learning to use colour to give a black and white image from a disitance.
Close up, they look like a plie-up, as I spent two weeks
just cutting out tiny cars from the magazines, and using them
as the mid-tones for the pictures.
I like the Jeremy one the best, then James, but I was not
really happy with the Richard one. Maybe sometime in the future
I will re-visit it with fresh eyes and try to improve it.
These portraits were in Local and National Newspapers, and appear on World Wide websites.