Saturday, December 3, 2016

If Your Baby More Fat, Order More Size. Part II

A sketch for what I was hoping to add to the third layer of imagery.

The second layer of imagery is good and dry, now it is time to get to work laying down the third layer.

Painting a parking lot is as rewarding of an experience as it sounds like it would be.

Most of the line work is there.  The area between the cowboy-head silhouette and the tower/archer figure is probably the most crucial visual dialog to establish.  Even though it is taking me longer to develop that portion than the rest of the images, I still wanted to get those down so I can gauge how dense to make that sweet spot.

Once the line work has dried, it is time to start doing the color-by-numbers portion of the show.

Painting a parking lot full of cars is about as riveting of an activity as laying down the initial line work.  Hours upon hours.....

I am starting to see some Spanish conquistador-esque qualities in what I had previously referred to as a 'cowboy-head silhouette'.  Following the Spanish adventurer path a little further, I find I need to make a body for the former vaquero.

I had a great shape lying around the studio for a partner in crime, the problem was it pointed in the wrong direction, so I made another one which faced the proper direction.

Add a little rider figure on top.

Large horse and rider and small horse and rider attached.

Here it is before getting its last (hopefully) haze coat.

In the near future, I should come up with a proper title for this piece.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mystic Guru Gets A Workin': Part I

Pop Song: Mystic Guru back in 2010 from the show Things Of Which Our Mothers Would Not Approve.

A couple preliminary sketches/doodles from back in the day.

I always felt that the frame was way better than the painting, so it's time for another layer of imagery for Mystic Guru in order to address this imbalance.

Now to fill in the colors.

And one last little section with a few more lines.  I will come back in a few days and add some color to this area.

....and Boom, color.

It was obvious even before I added any colors to this layer, that I would probably be compelled to add (at least) one more layer of imagery to the piece  -something a little more visually dominant and conceptually relevant to what is taking place on the carved frame.  So let's dive into that, shall we?

A battle plan sketch...

Time to lay down some lines.


Even after all of these changes, I can't say that I'm satisfied with where the piece is headed.  I still plan to finish the detailing in this layer, but I'm already envisioning the need to go further.....

I have some collage elements I wish to bring into the composition.

Some relief elements along with a strip of canvas from my recently decommissioned piece Critical Mass Sans Polar Nuclei.  Things are already working better.

Compositionally, it's starting to come together.

Time to celebrate by applying a haze layer....

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Moving Forward with RE

One of the pieces I have been working on lately is RE 10.

Adding a few more images/doodles and a little more color....

There are still two or three darker tones that need to go into RE 10, but before I tackle that, I want to move on to DE 12......

The first couple waves of color (and some extra line work)...

More on these two interrelated pieces when I start the second layer of imagery.