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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Queen of Arts! It's Kate as you have never seen her before - Duchess is portrayed in jelly beans, Marmite and Lego

By JENNY STOCKS

The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge will be unveiled any day now.

The painter believed to have created the picture, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery, is Paul Emsley, a 65-year-old Wiltshire artist famed for his extrordinarily realistic, almost photographic, portraits.
With Emsley’s picture likely to divide opinion — art critic Brian Sewell has branded his work ‘sickening’ — the Mail commissioned eight artists, from a four-year-old with a box of crayons to a fine artist with a jar of Marmite, to present Kate as you’ve never seen her before.

JELLY BEANS

Malcolm West used more than 5,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans in 20 different flavours for this portrait, including liquorice and chocolate pudding for the Duchess’s hair, with candy floss and pink grapefruit for her English rose complexion.
The Surrey-based artist painted a background sketch on a 4ft-high canvas and then glued each bean into place. ‘It’s a fiddly, messy process,’ he says. ‘But I’m very pleased with the results.’

TOAST AND MARMITE

‘I used 35 slices of white sliced bread from Asda to create the image, plus a pot of Marmite Gold: the gold glitter seemed appropriate for a royal,’ says 23-year-old Nathan Wyburn.
The fine art graduate was on 2011’s Britain’s Got Talent and boasts commissions from Hovis, Costa and Oral B — though he was very excited to turn his focus on the Duchess. ‘Kate was a great subject, a true British icon,’ he says.
So what will become of Marmite Kate? Nathan, from Cardiff, ‘recycles’ all his work by donating it to a local farmer — apparently, his horses are Marmite mad.
nathanwyburn.co.uk

STREET ART
Street artist Joe Hill has drawn the Duchess in 3D before — a stunning bird’s-eye view of Kate and William leaving Westminster Abbey after their wedding in 2011.
The new picture — based on a photo taken at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur (right) — works by stretching the image out towards a vanishing point, so it tricks the eye into thinking it is 3D when seen from the right angle.
www.3djoeandmax.com

GRAFFITI STYLE
The Duchess has never been the edgiest of icons — nude LK Bennett heels aren’t terribly hip-hop — so she’s perhaps an unlikely subject for a graffiti homage.
This metre-square portrait on canvas took Benjamin, a graffiti artist for 13 years, six hours and seven tins of spray paint to finish.
‘I wanted to portray Kate so that she looks pretty in a medium she’s never been seen in before,’ he says.
Benjamin is part of Graffiti Life, an East London company that has produced advertising campaigns for BMW, Nike and Microsoft.
graffitilife.co.uk

BABY BUMP

What more fitting way to celebrate the royal pregnancy than Kate’s face painted onto a baby bump?
Nicola Shilson — face-painter in the Eden Project greenhouses in Cornwall — enlisted seven months pregnant Katie Lutey, 26, to lie still for three hours. Nicola then completed the work with body paints.
The portrait was based on a photo of Kate at Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall’s wedding (below).
‘I was nervous before I started,’ admits Nicola. ‘But it really came together. I’d love to know what Kate thinks if she sees it.’
Sadly, all that hard work went down the plughole after one shower.
lucid-arts.co.uk

CHILD'S CRAYONS

Ella Mountford (right) was keen to have a go with her best crayons. Four-year-old Ella, who lives in South-East London with dad Sam, 38, mum Clare, 40, and little brother Alex, two-and-a-half, brought some glamour to Kate.
‘I like blonde hair better than Kate’s so I added a bit of yellow,’ she says. ‘Because she’s a princess I gave her a crown with jewels in it. Her dress is a bit boring, I thought she’d like a bright pink one. I tried really hard not to colour outside the lines.’
Ella is considering offering her art to the Palace, but for now is making do with sticking it on the family fridge.

LEGO

A whopping 13,842 bricks in 20 colours went into this metre-high picture by Ed Diment and Duncan Titmarsh of Bright Bricks. The pair have also made a half-scale working jet engine for Rolls-Royce and a 15ft portrait of the Queen for Hamleys’ window.
‘We ran Kate’s photo through our software and produced a big picture, which was broken into tiny squares onto which we could place the Lego,’ Ed says. ‘It was a pleasure to have her as a subject.’
bright-bricks.com

iPAD CARTOON

Even Duchesses are fair game for a caricature, though Jon-Paul McCarthy admits that her flawless face gave him problems.
‘It makes harder to exaggerate her features while staying respectful,’ he says. ‘But she’s got a nice big smile, that was the focal point. She’s also got a large chin.’
Jon-Paul, a trained animator who has a shop on Brighton Pier, sketched Kate from a photo, then used an iPad-style tablet to paint and draw her onto the screen.
caricatureshack.co.uk

source: dailymail



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