HERE is the painting and detailed pictures.
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This assignment was a result in patience. As you well enough know, I do a few conventions a year. On some of those adventures I get to meet the decision makers and show them my work. And with many of all those attempts I go home feeling defeated and unworthy as an artist. However, I plow through that negativity and push forth with new paintings letting them know that I’m not one to dwell and give up. If I remain calm and positive, eventually, those early introductions may blossom into friendships and possible job opportunities. And so here I am. After meeting the Art Director over at Moonstone Books several years ago, they got to see me grow professionally and artistically. I guess it didn’t hurt that a few of my convention pals were also putting in a good word for me since they themselves had done a few pieces with the publisher.
The assignment, a Kolchak: The Night Stalker cover to an anthology of prose stories. Kolchak is now licensed to Moonstone for comics, books, and such. This is exactly what I wanted to do for a while now. I’m glad they finally sought me out.
I was idle there for a moment. A client put our project on hold and I was left with literally nothing to do. With this client, I was booked for a half a year, 3-5 pieces and I needed to be focused. I normally think about the next project(s) while I’m working on the current piece. I couldn’t take on any new assignments nor think about other projects. I had just began the finished pencils to the first piece when it all came to a screeching halt. Damn.
This pause didn’t last for very long, thankfully. I spent a couple days mentally resetting, spinning in circles, and then plotted my creative course. I wanted to do some horror related paintings. I had several ideas, but I needed to wait for models and props to become available. However, I knew I always wanted to do a super-horror-fan type of painting and I didn’t need props and models to do it. So that’s what I did.
A theater full of horror film icons.
It recently came to my attention that I haven’t mentioned what tools I use. I’ve exhaustively went on and on about the steps, but never with what. People want to know that I’m using attainable tools and safe materials, right? Rest assured folks, unfortunately, there’s no dark arts nor sacrifices in the conjuring of my paintings.
Here’s a detailed step-by-step account of how I created this painting; from beginning to end.
This is where it all begins… laying out a good composition. I did these three variations to give the client options. The first one was a direct interpretation of their request. Not content, I worked up a couple other ideas for a stronger visual. My vote was for the middle one.
For those who don’t know already, Ceremony at Club Laga is no more. Instead, it has been transplanted two floors down of the same building at the UpStage. And with any new change, there needs to be proper notice, hence a new postcard.
HERE is the flyer.
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