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Edition No. 112

Date:- 16 August 2003

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LINE By Jordana Learmonth

ONE of Southport’s young and promising artists begins a one-year GNVQ Art and design course to build up a solid portfolio and develop skills in the hope of becoming a leading cartoon artiste in the country.

Humphrey’s aged 17, has always had a passion for drawing even as a kid.  His love of doodling and drawing cartoon characters that has traversed through old teen style cartoons, Manga and euro pop art that has a tribal flavour in the horror genre.

Never afraid to shock, his style has often seen scenes in his work that challenges his readers by inviting them to take a look into the darker sides of life that often adventure with fetishes and urban fantasy with an Orwellian feel to his characters – leaving them bereft of face and personality. 

Still he appears to be ill at ease with the view of modern life and how his work transpires but looks forward to embarking on his course, “No, not a big fan of life drawing. I’ve used once or twice a model, but images just come off the top of head. From TV, mags and mixture of images that stick into my head, I am a reactive artist as opposed to an expressionist of much diversity.

After GNVQ I do fancy check out the sculpture courses at Southport Tec. I’ve had a couple of pieces and got a good review on them from my teachers.”

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Other things about Sean are that he is into vampires. He wants to check out London’s darkest/ rock/punk bars and clubs i.e. ‘bram Stoker Tavern’  and this dark side comes through in some of his pictures “My work is mainly an expression of all the hate and anger inside me. I think that my art skills could be improved, the way that I draw people and faces could be better.”

All these pictures are copies of his drafts.  Above is Sean and his latest work he is currently painting.

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