Monday, 15 January 2018

Gugu painted by Joe Simpson from start to finish

I'm delighted to announce that the 6th subject for ACT is Gugu Mbatha-Raw! She's going to be brilliant to paint -

Chuffed that 'Black Mirror : San Junipero' won an Emmy for 'Outstanding Television Movie' starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. My painting of her as Cleopatra should be finished in a couple of weeks...

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is coming to my studio this week to see my finished oil painting of her as Cleopatra - I'll post pictures of the painting when she's seen it... it's always slightly nerve racking! Here's an initial black and white study, Acrylic on Paper - 90 x 60cm.

Here's a background detail of my oil painting of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Cleopatra, with guards in disco armour.

A work in progress preview of the background of my painting of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Cleopatra. I'm painting like mad!

Here's a background detail I've been working on for my painting of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Cleopatra.

*NEW PANTING* Here's the 6th painting from my project ACT // Gugu Mbatha-Raw in her chosen role as Cleopatra - Oil on Canvas 135 x 60cm.

Friday, 29 December 2017

2014: 16 Reasons Gugu Mbatha-Raw Is Slaying The Scene

16 Reasons Gugu Mbatha-Raw Is Slaying The Scene

The star of Beyond the Lights is the best British import since Cumberbatch.
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1. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a classically trained actress from Oxford, stomped onto the scene in America when J.J. Abrams noticed her and cast her in the short-lived 2010 NBC series Undercovers.


2. She was a badass spy in the vein of Abrams' previous serious Alias.

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3. So she got to stun in flawless dresses at galas while doing "sexpionage."

The show really tried to make "sexpionage" happen. It didn't.
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The show really tried to make "sexpionage" happen. It didn't.

4. She even stunned Boris Kodjoe with her low-key slaying.

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5. Gugu was stunting in white on white on white long before Olivia Pope.

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6. She even slaughtered that iconic Alias Super Bowl episode scene.

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7. Her breakthrough film role was in Belle (2013), a game-changing romance about a mix-raced woman in the Jane Austen era.

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8. She picked the role of Belle because she cares about the representations of women and race in film.

9. She had you saying, "Elizabeth Bennett who, tho?"

10. Gugu's latest movie is Gina Prince-Bythewood's Beyond the Lights, where she beautifully plays Noni Jean, a damaged pop star looking for redemption.

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11. She can also sing and she's amazing in "Masterpiece," a music video tied to the film's release.

12. She gives you "she's so lucky, she's a star but she cry cry cries in her lonely heart" better than Britney Spears.

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13. She just quietly slays while sipping champagne.

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14. She slithers about a banquet table like she's Voldermort's fucking Horcrux.

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15. She frolics about the beach and watches every Nicholas Sparks movie drown from how much she is slaying the romance movie game.

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16. And last not but least, she put the final nail in the print industry’s coffin with this mind-blowing, never-to-be-topped cover of Elle.

Let Gugu hand you every inch of your life in Beyond the Lights, in theaters Nov. 14.