We love his pictures so we wanted to analyse his style. That means we want to figure out what makes a typical McKee painting, a McKee painting.
We spotted that he uses:
- Bold, cartooney colours. The colours have shadow details too.
- Simple style, don’t use too much detail
- You hardly ever see peoples eyes or mouths
We soon realised that there was much more to a McKee than the type of drawing though…we noticed quite a bit about the subjects he paints:
- They are typical Yorkshire people doing things we all like to do…visiting the coast, watching footy, eating chips
- They wear typical Yorkshire clothing, like flat caps and football shirts (unfortunately of Sheffield teams rather than Barnsley!)
- There are often typical Yorkshire landmarks or scenery in the background (we spotted the rainy weather in the cafe scene Mr McKee!)
We decided to use all these elements to create our own Pete McKee-style artwork. So, Mr. Swallow sketched out a few ideas about things that mattered to him (his brother helping him on his house, his father-in-law blowing on his cup of tea and even a Yorkshire pudding!)
We then looked at how to import the sketches into the computer and reformat them so that we had a digital copy of the sketch. We then used the program, Paint, to colour in the pictures digitally…re-creating that distinctive, Pete McKee look. Here is our progress so far…