Thursday, 29 December 2011

3Cs Prints...

Over January you have the chance to purchase a 3Cs print (or more if you feel that way inclined). Orders will be taken throughout January then the order totals will be tallied and printed, signed and editioned accordingly. Below is the grid of all 100 portraits and their number IDs. To keep this as simple as possible, there is a link below to buy one print- at checkout you have the ability to tell me the ID of the portrait you would like (please ensure this is completed!).

Prints will be produced at 8x10" with a border for framing, signed and editioned on heavy cotton rag stock and shipped out flat in card mailers. Each portrait costs £25 including shipping.

Buy a 3Cs portrait here!

Thanks again for viewing over the last few months and again, a big thank you to all of those involved! Happy New Year as well by the way!


Friday, 9 December 2011

100 portraits done!...

Here we go, after 100 days and around 150 hours of work later, 100 digitally painted portraits! It certainly feels good to see them all together like this and to be able to see how the colours, textures and variety of sitters gets tied together with the strong lighting and seated position. I would like to say a big thank you to all those 100 who voluntered (or in the case of a few- coerced) to be a part of this project! This poster is on view at the Fine Art Print Company in Bath where the photoshoot took place.

The text is explaining the project but also gives details of whats happening next. Starting January 1st 2012, each portrait will be available to order as a 8x10" print, orders will be taken throughout January and end on the 1st February. The orders will then be tallied and the prints will be produced and editioned accordingly. Each will be shipped out in a stay flat mailer, with any luck within the week. So if you would like to order your own portrait or the portrait of a friend involved will be able to do so- this is a timed print run so youve only got January to place the order! The order details will appear here on the blog in the next couple of weeks.

I mentioned this previously but in case you missed it, i generally paint using Painter IX.5 but in order to produce what i had hoped to be a 1 hour portrait study i chose to use Photoshop CS2. This enabled me to create and use a variety of textured brushes and quickly add layers of texture to create depth to each image. Of about 20 or so custom brushes i actually ended up just using a core of 5 brushes for most pieces! I also utilized the grid method to block in the primary shapes of light and shadow using Photoshops handy grid display. Even though these things certainly cut out a lot of time- it still wasnt enough to bring the portrait within my 1 hour time limit!

Each portrait was painted at 300dpi at A5 size (approx 6x8"), below you can see 3 i was really happy with (some definitely ended up being better than others!) and below that a section of each at 100% size so you can see some details a little better!

So there you go, thats mainly the end of the project, im hoping to produce a book of this at some point in the new year, in the meantime, dont forget to check back in January for the chance to purchase a print! Thanks again to all those involved and thank you for viewing!


Last 20 portraits done...

And there it is, 100 days after starting the project i have managed to produce 100 portraits, admittedly not so much 100 hours worth of work- more like 150 in all i guess, but at least my main goal was achieved, 100 digitally painted portraits in 100 days. Im just posting up the last 20 here but will add a fuller post with all the collected works in a bit!


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

80 Days in...

Its that time again, 20 days later (well, 22 to be exact but i didnt get around to posting this yesterday) which means another 20 portraits done and just 20 left to do. If you are one of the 100, i will be sending out an email to let you know the project has finished but i will also be blogging it here, so if you didnt leave an email address- just check out the blog after the 10th Dec! Heres the latest 20 portraits:


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

60 Days in...

Another 20 down, lucky no13 officially took me to over half way through the project at 51 portraits done! So this collection takes the count up to 60 which 'should' mean that no100 will be done on the 10th December- it still feels like a long way to go but im slowly getting the project. Heres the next 20 portraits:


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

40 days in...

Slowly but surely theyre coming along, heres the next 20 portraits grouped together. I still havent been able to cut down the time theyre taking, but as i mentioned in the previous post- im not too worried about that. Some are certainly proving more difficult than others and im having to miss out a few details here and there- something that i would really want to add in if it was a more finished piece, but even so, im pretty happy with how theyre turning out. See you again in another 20 days!


Friday, 23 September 2011

20 days in...

Well technically 22 but anyway.. heres the first 20 random portraits from the 100 volunteers. Thank you all again, hopefully this will all look pretty cool when its all collected together! As i said in my previous post- im picking one person per day by generating a random number from 0-100 but in the grid they run day one top left, left to right, row by row. I also mentioned that so far i havent been able to get these under and hour, one or two have come very close but for the most part theyre taking 1.15-1.25 or so, its not something im going to stress about- i would rather each came out like this than really roughly blocked in. Look out for the next 20!


Thursday, 8 September 2011

A week later...

Well, a week later and i have 7 portraits, so far it seems to be working as planned (dont know how i will feel about it 50 in of course). As its a week to the day that i took the ref photos, i just wanted to do a quick post to show the sort of thing im doing- not exactly a process break down, just a couple of quick photos that i took yesterday which shows a little progression on one piece.

As some of you may know, i generally use Painter IX.5 for my more painterly pieces but as these are relatively quick and dont need to be finished to a high standard- im using Photoshop CS2. Before i started all of this i created a brush library consisting of Photoshop brushes that had a real textured feel. I either made them myself or found them online (ive amassed quite a large collection of custom PS and Painter brushes over the years) and my custom brush library for this project consists of about 20 different brushes, so far i think ive used about 9 or 10 of them to get the effects i wanted.

In order to get an accurate likeness to my ref photo i have the ref on the left and the work document on the right and utilize Photoshops handy grid overlay to quickly block in the main areas of light and shadow and develop the general form. I really wanted each piece to only take one hour, but so far its more like 1.20 or so to produce a reasonable portrait, hopefully i will get a bit quicker as time goes on! Heres a few quick IG shots i took of the screen as i produced portrait no6 yesterday.


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Photoshoot done!...

A big thank you to all the 100 that we managed to get through the doors at Fine Art Print Company in Bath today. We managed to start a little before noon and continued till about 5pm, shooting a single reference photograph for the 100 that either turned up after hearing about the project via twitter, facebook, seeing the flyers around town or were effectively coerced when they were walking past the shop! I have to say it was a pretty eye opening experience trying to persuade passers-by to come in and have their photo taken for the purposes of creating a portrait painting- fortunately only a couple looked genuinely scared and refused to participate!

So now the fun part begins, im going to be randomly picking a number 1-100 every day and seeing what i can produce in my alloted single hours worth of painting time! After 20 or so are done i will group them together and post them up here so that all my subjects can see how things are progressing. Hopefully at the end of 100 im going to have something pretty cool!

Heres is a couple of Instagram pics, the first is the signatures of the 100 volunteers, which in itself is great to see. The second is a screen grab of a few of the shots i took today, its amazing to see all these portrait refs lined up like this!

So, thank you all again, check back in a short while to see how things are progressing!


Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Not long to go now...

I cant believe its come around so quickly- thursday the 1st of September is a day away as i write this and i just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the interest in the project! I got a question on the first post that (for some reason) i cant reply to- Alex asked whether we will be trying to get all the photos taken on the Thursday or if people will need to come back on another day.

This is a tricky one to answer- hopefully we will be able to get 100 people turn up, have their photo taken and finish the shoot by the end of the day! But really i dont know for sure, will 100 people turn up? How long will it take to get each photo reference? Will it rain and put people off?.. a lot could go wrong really!

All i can say is that during tomorrow i will make sure i update my twitter feed (and if possible this blog and my facebook page) in order to let people know whats happening as the day goes on!

Again, thanks to all for the support and interest, hopefully i will see some of you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Flyers and tickets arrived!...

Yesterday i received the flyers that will be used to promote the project in Bath and Bristol together with the little tickets that those in the 100 will receive. Lovely printing job by Ripedigital as usual. Now comes the lovely part of trying to get them into shops, cafe's and pretty much anywhere that i can! (if youre in the area and want some to hand out to friends etc just let me know)


Monday, 8 August 2011

3Cs Web flyer...

Here is the 3Cs flyer which will be used for promotion of the project online, if you have a website or blog and would like to help with getting the message out there- please feel to use this image and link through to the blog! Many thanks!


Sunday, 7 August 2011

All about the 3Cs project...

On the 1st of September 2011, artist Tom Bagshaw will begin a unique project to create a portrait study in one hour, one every day, for one hundred days!
In order to accomplish this task we need your help. Through the use of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, along with promotion via art related portals and blogs and also the more common printed flyers and word of mouth, we need to get 100 willing participants to turn up at the Fine Art Print Company in Bath, UK at 12 noon on the 1st of September!

If you would like to in with a chance of having your portrait digitally painted, for free- the first 100 to arrive at FAPC will be asked to give their contact details and sign their understanding of the project then be invited to sit for a couple of quick photographic reference shots. They will then receive a ticket with a unique number relating to their position within the 100. When all the reference is collected and sorted the painting can begin!

This blog will serve as a place to see how things are going, with a collection of finished pieces being displayed together every 20 days or so. It will also be here to keep everyone involved up to date with news and possible developments as time goes on.

Even if you do not live in the South West of England or even in the UK, you can still help by promoting the project on your website with a simple link to this blog and use of the twitter hashtag #3CS, the more people become aware of the project the more likely we will get the required 100 turn up for the photoshoot!
A little about the artist...
Tom Bagshaw is a commercial Illustrator and Digital Painter based near the Georgian City of Bath in the South West of England. He works under the moniker of Mostlywanted and is represented by the Central Illustration Agency. His talents are sought after by clients in fashion, advertising, editorial and publishing, and include The Daily Telegraph, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sony, the BBC, Kraft and GQ. He has recently started to exhibit his more painterly work and currently has a new body of work on show with the Corey Helford Gallery in LA. To view his work, please visit and if you are interested in more of his creative process have a look at his blog: