GOTG Fan Art – More Pics

GOTG FacesHere are two more photos of the Guardians of the Galaxy fan painting I made, which is now hanging in the home of some very happy superfans. In case you missed my previous post, I switched out the faces of Starlord and Gamora with those of John and Theresa, a couple of Marvel-maniacs (like me). GOTG closeup

These photos were taken by John, who appears as Starlord in the composition. I am happy to report that he was very pleased with the painting! It’s not every day that you get to see yourself surrounded by a space assassin, a sentient tree, and a talking raccoon.

GOTG Fan Art

GOTG A BeginningsI recently finished one of my most challenging projects, a Guardians of the Galaxy fan painting. I was basically paying homage to one of the movie posters, replacing the faces of Starlord and Gamora with those of a superfan couple, John and Theresa.GOTG B Faces Finished

It measures 2″ x 3″, which is only slightly smaller than the size of a real movie poster. While not technically the biggest painting I have made, it is nonetheless bigger than my usual canvases. With a GOTG C Finishedfull 5 characters in view, along with energy beams, spaceships, and a planet, it is definitely the most complex and detailed composition I have worked on.

This painting really put me through my paces, and I’m glad I got the exercise! I feel ready to take on new challenges and go outside of my comfort zone.

Guardians of the Galaxy and its team members are trademarks of Marvel Comics.

Birthday Boy’s Painting

Logan on Tatooine

The above painting is a birthday present for a boy named Logan — named after a certain Marvel Comics’ character.  He requested a painting that depicted him with his favorite robot character.  A family member suggested I also incorporate two other franchises he loves.  The result is a combination of three completely different children’s properties!

For this blog post, I will show you step-by-step how I embark on a painting like this.  I always begin with an initial sketch.  Below, you will see the sketch.  It is based on several reference images.

Logan on Tattoine sketch

I print this image onto a transparency, and use an overhead projector to transfer the image to a black-painted canvas board.  I then paint in all the lighter areas with green….

logan painting projection 1logan painting projection 2logan painting projection 3logan painting closeuplogan painting green and black

Here is the green-and-black version beside the original sketch:logan painting with sketchThe next step is to begin adding the primary colors.  I apply blue where I want deep shadows to be, then yellow where I will paint the lightest areas.  I add red for a basic mid-tone.  After this, the entire value range is described by the primaries, with the underlying green acting as a bridge between the poles of blue and yellow.

logan painting adding bluelogan painting adding yellowlogan painting green yellow bluelogan painting primaries onlyFrom here, I begin layering transparent glazes of the “true colors” for each object.  For example, I mix up a few flesh tones and add them to Logan’s face.  The “underpainting” of green + primaries influences these layers, adding to the illusion of depth.

logan painting primaries plus flesh tonesLogan painting almost donelogan painting doneFor me, a painting is not complete until it is ready to be presented.  A canvas board is flat, so it almost begs for a matte and frame.  I picked out a frame and matte that complemented the painting:

logan painting framedThat’s how I do it!  Not a common method, but one that helps me make the leap to full color.  Because I normally think and work in black and white, the underpainting stage radically simplifies the colorization process.  The primaries efficiently fill in the value range, and then it’s just a matter of glazing over the underpainting.

I videotaped myself working on another painting recently.  I already posted this video, but here it is again for those of you who wish to see my method unfold in moving images:

Painting Video

Starscream © Hasbro
Star Wars © Disney
Angry Birds © Rovio Entertainment