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Did I Leave The Stove On?

sm_20160307_202115Deadpool is awesome. Raised the bar completely on the classic (new classic) superhero movie genre. By far. I think I’m going to go see it again.

This is the third part in my Deadpool Trilogy. Part one is here. Part two is here. I had a blast painting each of these.

This particular painting took me two sessions. Partly because it was more complex than the portraits I normally do, and partly because I’m in mad prep mode for Toronto ComicCon. Which, btw, is March 18-21 and you should go. Seriously. Go.

 

Working on a white base, which isn’t really white here, I started with a brown chalk drawing. My main concern was to make sure that even with my minimalist style, I followed the rules of perspective. These are things artists must be conscious of because even if the viewer isn’t; getting it wrong is noticeable to everyone.

Ism_20160307_204246-1 spent too many of my academic years learning this shit; might as well use it. Right? Of course, right!

 

I had initially planned on starting with a light colour but as I painted, it was apparent that I needed to lay in the black. I was losing the picture, and making sure everything was in place was critical. Actually, the thing looked good in black. Huh.

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Blue is tricky to match and one of the reasons I don’t share my source images is because there are variations that happen. Colour changes or positioning changes. I know when I see other artists’ source images, I find myself looking for their mistakes. It detracts from the whole experience. So while this blue isn’t quite the blue I was aiming for, it’s still a fab blue.

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If you watch the videos, you’ll quickly get that A: I was very tired painting this one and B: I thought I was painting the underside of the vehicle. LOL. Of course I wasn’t. But this is where painting what you see rules over painting what you know. In spite of that error, which I didn’t catch until the end,  the vehicle still turned out correctly.

Painting what you see is a huge theme that runs through all my work. My brain knows shit. It thinks it knows a fuck ton of stuff but the reality is (and this is true for everyone) that when it forgets, it substitutes crap in its place. I talk about this in one of the videos. This is why eye witness statements are not considered to be completely accurate. In fact, I think the stats are pretty low for that.

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I stopped at this point. I was beat and suddenly lost my mojo. Knowing when to stop working is important. There’s a time to push through and a time to stop. Since I had no real deadline, it was an easy decision.

Also I am out of rockets. Rockets are fuel when painting now, because I am hooked again.

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When I returned to the painting, all the layers had dried, which is a good thing. Sometimes I paint too fast and the paint doesn’t dry in time. This is a particular problem with black and white because any inadvertent mixing can taint a colour badly. Especially something like a light blue.

So, in spite of knowing that, I still started with the black layer again. Oops.

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And then it became a case of adjusting and tweaking the other colours. Little brushes.

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Lots of details.

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And the final.

“Did I Leave The Stove On?”

24″ x 12″

Acrylic on stretched canvas