Cloud-gazing artist goes next level with eye spy video

New Plymouth creative Paul Gledhill has launched a blog which demonstrates what he sees in nature.
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New Plymouth creative Paul Gledhill has launched a blog which demonstrates what he sees in nature.

A New Plymouth creative is taking cloud gazing to the next level all while providing a rare glimpse into the mind of an artist.

Paul Gledhill has launched a blog which demonstrates for viewers the fanciful images he sees when looking to the clouds and other organic formations, like a shadow or the detailing of a tree.

It's all about perspective, he reckons, with some people sharing the same mental image and others seeing something completely different.

"That's the beautiful thing about imagination, when you come to this you can have a thousand different takes on it and thats the beauty and confusion in our lives," he said.

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"We're all seeing stuff slightly different and noone can compare our realities."

Tattoo artist Paul Gledhill's passion for art began when he was younger and encouraged by his creative grandfather.
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Tattoo artist Paul Gledhill's passion for art began when he was younger and encouraged by his creative grandfather.

The tattoo artist began the blog What Eye Spy on Blogspot about three months ago and now shares the same illustrations on other platforms such as Instagram.

 

Using programme Procreate on his iPad the 33-year-old takes a photo of something that inspires his imagination and then draws over it, bringing to life his creative thought before the eyes of his audience.

He draws in his viewers by asking what they can spot in the before picture and then it takes him about an hour to sketch out what he sees. Using the programme's time-lapse video the journey to his artwork can then be shared.

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Art is in the blood for Gledhill, who has a degree in accountancy. From a young age his abilities were nurtured by his late grandfather who was a talented watercolour painter.

He also studied illustration and cartooning and went on to work as a commercial artist, graphic designer and then eventually a tattooist. 

The artist is enjoying exploring the high-tech side of art but remains a purist at heart.
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The artist is enjoying exploring the high-tech side of art but remains a purist at heart.

"Drawing is just my absolute favourite thing to do," Gledhill, who admits he's a bit of a fidgetter and finds comfort with a pencil in hand, said.

He's got a few artistic projects on the horizon but for now he's working on getting the blog off the ground.

Drawing on inspiration, both figuratively and literally, Gledhill said the blog was a great way to share with everybody what he saw in the world.

But delving deeper into the "grey area" of life was Gledhill's main objective.

"The beauty of the world is we live in a grey area. You can describe nouns easily like the floor or the ceiling, we can confirm those but everything else is a grey area."

"This is just one way that we can explore the grey area of everyone's mind."

 - Stuff

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