ADEBANJI ALADE: MY ART, MY PASSION FOR SKETCHING — light and shade

Urban Shadow Highlights- Series 8-12 (5 paintings) Oil on board

Adebanji Alade alla prima figures Harpenden light and shade london oil on board oil on gessoed card people plein air public transportation Rickshaw studio painting Taxis Urban Shadow Highlights

 In all these paintings, the main subject is LIGHT! Once there's light, there's bound to be shadows! I love highlights and shadows!

The effect they have in urban space and settings is what this retrospective series of 5 paintings (mainly of London) is all  about. 

Light has colour, it has atmosphere and it has a life of it's own! The ability to capture this remains the task and duty of the artist,...

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Sketch of my friend "SCOUSE"

A4 daler-rowney sketch pad artficial light source HB graphite pencil light and shade putty rubber radial easel scouse sketches


This drawing of "Scouse" was done yesterday evening at work, he had been on my neck to sketch him for a while and this was the evening it had to be done.
I used a page from my A4 daler-Rowney sketch pad, HB Graphite pencil, Tissue, Putty rubber, Artificial light source, Radial Easel.
It took me approx 1 hour 30mins to complete and he was a very composed model, except for his occasional drifting...

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Painting of my framer Bijan

light and shade likeness painting portraits


I painted this portrait from a series of pictures I took of the guy that does my frames, he is master framer. I tried to capture the look in his eyes when he wants to know what you want this time.


It is an oil on canvas and measures 16'' by 12"

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Painting of my framer Bijan

light and shade likeness painting portraits


I painted this portrait from a series of pictures I took of the guy that does my frames, he is master framer. I tried to capture the look in his eyes when he wants to know what you want this time.


It is an oil on canvas and measures 16'' by 12"

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Painting of my friend Francisco

light and shade oil on canvas painting portraits


I painted this portrait from a photo I took of my friend where I work I had to switch off the lights and had only one source of light -a tungsten bulb spotlight. I wanted to create a kind of mystery around his life-So I titled it "creepy shadows" or simply "creep".


It is an oil on canvas and it measures 120cm by 80cm.

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