False Flag with redone background

After Kogyo, and one of my favorite pieces for Animaruprinto No Hitobito, I was never really satisfied with the background of False Flag.  It is a hazard when you work on a background and then decide what goes on it.  The new series is much more preconceived with multiple trips to photoshop to figure out what goes where.  False Flag is how I used to do things to a t:  do a background, flip back and forth between pics to do the render.  Anyway, I like this better.  It lets the figures breathe and it is finally clearly about a game of cat and chicken.

Rabbits Four

Rabbits Four

The Defensive Postures series continues with this rabbit inspired piece.  There are four rabbits represented, so I called it Rabbits 4.  The wasp nest imagery is symbolic of the series central theme.  I’m going to probably work it into future paintings.

The Lions in Retreat

A new painting in the Defensive Postures series.  This one sprung from the picture I was using as a desktop pic since I inadvertently changed it during Honeybear Massacre.  I really like the head on the palace guardian lion, and since I used his legs in Honeybear, I figured why not throw in the head.  I really like the blue stencil over the city.  Have be careful not to overuse it.

Underdrawing of new painting

A few words about how I work.  I use slow drying acrylics and very thin acrylics made by Golden Acrylics.  I have adapted an old masters technique (my understanding of it) to suit these media.  First I will do a detailed charcoal(nero) sketch on the aerosol surface.  This tends to come up in acrylic washes, so I’ve taken to illustrating a dark and light comic style illustration that will withstand washes.  Over this I glaze burnt sienna slow dry.  This establishes the middle tone.  I reestablish the lights. and darks, blending them in wet on wet.  What then stands is a tricolor underpainting.  Like the old masters, I will glaze colors over this toned skeleton.  this resembles coloring a photograph. Opaque highlights follow, usually with high flow thin acrylics.  Pictured is a comic style underdrawing from a new painting.  Sometimes they come out nice.  This one I might actually redo on the computer to do a silkscreen run.

APockylypse Goat

“Behold for I will come when the time is nie, atop an Italian scooter and bearing a Pocky apon the Earth.”

I’ve always wanted to do a painting of a Markor goat.  I had done one in the previous series, but was not happy with it.  Meanwhile, I found a painting where I liked the background and not the figure.  I scrubbed the adorned equestrian monkey and used some pics I took of a pretty much abandoned motor scooter in the student largesse apartments next door.  Seriously, this italian scooter has not moved an inch in a year and a half.  It would not shock me if it’s owner moved back to Houston and forgot about it.  And Pocky is awesome.