Kelly Kapoor

Kally Kapoor collage by artist Megan Coyle
“Kelly Kapoor,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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It may have taken me until the very end of the month, but I did manage to complete one more portrait in my The Office series. I took my time with the seventh portrait, “Kelly Kapoor,” since again, marathon training has taken up most of my free time. I have two more months of training until my schedule will free up again.

What I’m really enjoying about this series is striving to get the likeness down of so many characters. Since the TV series has a fairly large cast, it really is pushing me to tackle a number of personalities while doing my best to maintain some consistency with how the portraits are constructed.

Angela Martin

Angela Martin collage portrait by Megan Coyle
“Angela Martin,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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Little by little, I’m completing portraits for my series inspired by The Office. It took a while to complete my sixth portrait, “Angela Martin,” simply because life has been a bit hectic these days. I’ve been training for the NYC Marathon which has been eating into the time that I used to devote to my craft. But have no fear, once November is here and gone, I’ll have more time freed up for art-making. In the meantime, I’m continuing to strive to complete at least one new collage every month.

Oscar Martinez

“Oscar Martinez,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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June has been a slow month for my collage-making since I’ve been doing a little bit of traveling and recently started my marathon training. However, I did manage to complete my “Oscar Martinez” collage inspired by The Office. This took a little longer to complete than usual, primarily because life has been hectic these days. Again, portraiture doesn’t come easy to me, so I’m glad that I’m working on tackling this series.

Pam Beesly

“Pam Beesly,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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Again, life has been a little hectic for me and I haven’t had a chance to make as much art as I was hoping to, but I managed to tackle this portrait of Pam Beesly this month. This is the fourth portrait in my series inspired by The Office. I’m having a ton of fun challenging myself to work on portrait illustrations, striving to get the essence of a given figure captured in a collage.

I’m planning to complete several more in this series. I may only have a new portrait to share once a month since I’m going to start marathon training soon, and that will consume a lot of my free time. However, I’ll still find time to make art, even if it’s not as much time as I used to devote to my craft.

Jim Halpert

Jim Halpert collage illustration by Megan Coyle
Jim Halpert collage illustration by Megan Coyle
“Jim Halpert,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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This month I haven’t had a lot of time to focus on my art since I spent a couple of weeks traveling. It’s always nice to take a break from your routine and unplug and unwind. But now I’m back and I had a chance to finish up the third portrait in my series inspired by The Office – and this time I completed a portrait of Jim Halpert (played by John Krasinski).

I spent a good amount of time working on layering the cutouts for the shadows and highlights of Jim’s face. Again, these series that I keep working on are helping me grow and get better as an artist. This type of work also makes me a bit uncomfortable since portraits don’t come easy to me, and I think that’s a good sign that I’m focusing on this type of subject matter. If it’s a challenge, that means there’s a lot of room for growth.

Dwight Schrute

Dwight Schrute collage by Megan Coyle
“Dwight Schrute,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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My new collage series inspired by The Office is definitely going to be a fun series to tackle. This is my second portrait in the series, and it had to be Dwight (played by Rainn Wilson) since he was one of my favorite characters from the show.

Portraiture continues to be a subject matter that’s outside my comfort zone, especially when it comes to sharing my work online. If I’m making a portrait of a well known figure, there’s even more scrutiny about whether or not my portrait looks like that person. And honestly, that scrutiny makes me nervous. So working on portraits over the course of several months has slowly taught me how to be okay with depicting portraits my own way. After all, I’m not a photorealist, my works are illustrations. I’m depicting my work with my own style, my own vision, and that doesn’t always mesh with how things appear in real life.

Michael Scott

Michael Scott by collage artist Megan Coyle
Michael Scott by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Michael Scott,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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Lately I’ve been pretty busy with a number of things outside of art-making. This year I’m planning to run the NYC marathon, along with a couple of half marathons, so life has consisted of a lot of running and working out. Thus this month I didn’t get around to completing many collages. “Michael Scott” is the only collage that I completed this month, and it was inspired by The Office. I’m planning to make a few more portraits in this series, although my next piece will be an animal portrait inspired by a song that I heard the other day.

Portraiture continues to be a challenge for me, but I’m determined to get to a place where I’m as comfortable making portraits as I am with animal portraits. We shall see how long that takes…

Wednesday Addams

Wednesday Addams collage by artist Megan Coyle
“Wednesday Addams,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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The challenge with portraiture is getting the likeness of the subject down properly. The past couple of months I’ve been focusing on portraiture, and I definitely feel rusty with this type of work. It also hasn’t come easy, so I’m doing my best these days to strive to improve and get better as an artist, especially with subjects that are a struggle. I’m looking forward to continuing to improve and get faster at this type of work (at the moment it’s slow going).

This portrait of Wednesday was inspired by the new show on Netflix. Lately I’ve been inspired to make illustrations of well known figures from the media, and I’m having a lot of fun exploring different characters. It’s been fun creating my own version of these characters.

Nancy Wheeler

Nancy Wheeler is a collage by Megan Coyle
“Nancy Wheeler,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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This is the tenth portrait I’ve completed in my Stranger Things-inspired collage series. I’ve really enjoyed illustrating a number of characters from the show, and now I’m ready to move on to a new series. I’ll have to revisit this one in the future to add more characters, but for now, this is the final piece.

I had a lot of fun with this portrait and managed to complete it over the course of a few days. I’m a little surprised at how many portraits I’ve managed to complete this month. Life outside of art has been pretty busy, so I’m doing my best to make time for art. And again, this collage involved using fragments of images of jeans for her jacket, as well as fragments of photographs of hair for her hair. I also used the same texture for the background that I’ve been using for a number of the portraits in this series. The remainder of the piece involved layering a variety of solid colors.

And now I’m off to sketch out a portrait for my next collage…

Steve Harrington

Steve Harrington collage by Megan Coyle
Steve Harrington collage by Megan Coyle
“Steve Harrington,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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I’m getting closer to finishing up my Stranger Things inspired portrait series for the time being. I’m planning to make one more piece, before I set this series aside for a little bit. I recently completed this collage this past weekend. Again, I focused more on using solid colors. Even though this collage came together relatively quickly (when compared to other portraits in the series), it felt like it was a bit of a struggle.

I suppose that’s why they call art a “practice.” I’m constantly practicing my craft. In many ways my collages never truly feel finished, since I’m constantly striving to improve and grow with my work.