3871. Cumberland Basin

It was really great to catch up with DFC1848 when he was painting this piece during a paint jam for Eman’s birthday at the beginning of August. The sun was out, there was a fabulous turnout of artists and all was good with the world.

DFC1848, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2021
DFC1848, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, July 2021

DFC1848 has painted a few of these ‘double’ characters and in this one continues to add in title flashes and decorations, always looking to add complexity to his designs. One of the things I really like about this is how he has ‘stitched’ the two halves together with a bit of cord, rather like Andy Councils recent pieces.

DFC1848, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, August 2021
DFC1848, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, August 2021

A nice clean piece and a fun character, DFC1848 is going from strength to strength. During our chat he kept on telling me to get out and paint. I really do need to do something about this state of affairs having talked about it for the last couple of years.

3825. Purdown HAA Battery (28)

It is always great to see pieces in Bristol by DFC1848, whose work over the last three years has just gone from strength to strength. His cartoon character pieces have developed from two rather basic forms into a wide portfolio of different animals and monsters, all with a element of goodness about them.

DFC 1848, Purdown Battery, Bristol, July 2021
DFC 1848, Purdown Battery, Bristol, July 2021

This is a particularly creative monster on one of the concrete walls of the Purdown Battery. DFC1848 tends to do solid fills in hie pieces, but the incorporation of details is adding sophistication. I am really enjoying the progress of this artist whose footsteps I’d like to follow.

3593. L Dub (26)

The work of DFC1848 just goes from strength to strength. His characters are becoming more complex and the finishing is becoming cleaner and tighter with each new piece he sprays. This is a rather nice take on his familiar character that he has built on over the last year or two.

DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, March 2021
DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, March 2021

In nearly all of his works, DFC1848 conceals the letters DFC, however in this one he has settled for signing it at the bottom right. The double headed bear, sharing a tongue could be quite a creepy concept, but this, consistent with most of his characters is cuddly and certainly not creepy. I like the highlights on the tongue and lower lips – these are additions that he is developing and improving all the time. A nice find.

3553. M32 roundabout J3 (288)

I love finding pieces by DFC1848 because they give me hope for my own artistic aspirations and his improvement over the last twelve months particularly has been exponential. DFC1848 has taken his character to new heights and developed so many ideas and incorporated new techniques.

DFC 1848, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021
DFC 1848, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021

What is obvious is that the more you practice at this game, the better you get. In this character piece, DFC1848 has switched things up a bit. Not only is the character a different animal, but it is upside down. The letters DFC are concealed within the character’s face, which is something he usually incorporates. Unfortunately, this piece only lasted a day or two, so I was rather lucky to find it.

3170. M32 roundabout J3 (253)

I don’t think that this lovely character piece by DFC1848 lasted too long, so I was quite lucky to get a picture of it. The rabbit (?) face is another example of the diversity of pieces that DFC1848 is coming up with these days, having spend much of his first year of hitting walls concentrating on his now-familiar bear face.

DFC1848, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2020
DFC1848, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2020

I am enjoying his diversifying portfolio and I told him as much when I met him last weekend at the Cheltenham Paint Festival. One thing led to another during our conversation, and he has offered to accompany me when I decide to paint my first wall, an offer that I am giving very serious consideration, so watch this space carefully – I hope to have something to show you before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, DFC1848’s pieces are becoming more complex and he is incorporating new features, such as the little patch on the cheek of this rabbit. Geat to see a street art hunter/photographer giving it a go and improving with each effort. Hats off…

DFC1848, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
DFC1848, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019

3128. St Werburghs tunnel (178)

I not only simply hate the new WordPress editor, I loathe it. Not only does everything take twice as long, but it constantly seems to try and give you what you want rather than letting you do what you want. Very, very annoying.

This is a cheerful little piece by DFC1848 in the tunnel, and yet another example of just how far his work has come over the last few months.

DFC1848, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020
DFC1848, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020

This is a reversion to his original character, but there is so much more in the way of decoration and experimentation, including some bubbles on the outside and two tones of blue for the body. There is so much more confidence and ease with his work now and this perfectly demonstrates that practice is the name of the game.

3003. L Dub (16)

I love this recent collaboration from DFC1848 and DJ Perks for many reasons, but mainly because these guys are more often on the other side of the camera lens, and have made the step into spraying a lot for themselves and both have made huge improvements in the last year.

DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020
DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020

The left hand side is a wonderful bright red character from DFC1848, which retains many of the characteristics of some of his earlier characters but contains additional detail. It just goes to show what improvements can be made with loads of practice – DFC1848 had a board in his garden and practiced during lock down.

DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020

On the right is a very tidy bit of graffiti writing from DJ Perks, whose work has also seen a great improvement over the last 18 months. the letter shapes are great and the depth of shading works really well. I’m not too sure about the drips though. A lovely collaboration which fills me with hope for my own efforts.

2970. Dean Lane skate park (317)

I love this fun piece from DFC1848 for a great many reasons. Primarily, we are witnessing the development of an artist from the early stages. DFC1848 is a street art hunter (a term I dislike) like me, who about two years ago turned his hand to spraying walls with his ‘stock’ character piece, following some work on stickers. He has been practicing and repeating his favoured character on a reasonably regular basis since then but the step change has occurred during lock down, where he was painting a new piece in his garden pretty much every day, with some rather spectacular results.

DFC1848, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020
DFC1848, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020

Now since the lock down restrictions have eased DFC1848 has painted this in Dean Lane, with a confidence of an accomplished artist. It is great to see. I really look forward to seeing some of the characters he practiced in his garden making it onto the streets of Bristol this summer.

DFC1848, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
DFC1848, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019

2347. L Dub (4)

I am enjoying finding these pieces by fellow hunter DFC1848, and these characters in the entrance to the underpass have encouraged me to probably start my spraying ‘career’ on these walls. It all seems so remote that I wouldn’t need to keep one eye over my shoulder, at least that is the theory.

DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, July 2019
DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, July 2019

I think I established in one of my previous posts that the letters DFC appear in the character, in the eye, the ear and the cheek. I think that the way forward for non-artists like myself is to work really hard on a particular thing and practice it and repeat it, before branching out and becoming overambitious. DFC1848 basically sticks to two characters (for the time being) and repeats them in different spots. All good.

2324. Dean Lane skate park (232)

This is the second post I have written about a piece by DFC1848. You may recall from the last one that the artist is better known to me as a street art hunter who takes great pictures of street art in Bristol, Cheltenham and further afield.

DFC1848, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
DFC1848, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019

DFC1848 has started doing a bit of spraying himself, and in my eyes it is pretty good. This little character contains the letters DFC, although what these stand for I have no idea… I’ll have to ask him next time I see him. I went to this wall yesterday, and sadly (but rather predictably) it has been sprayed over, but it is possible to see remnants of the piece. I am full of admiration for his work and inspired to carry on practising so that I can take the leap and do a piece on a wall somewhere, sometime.