This piece was completed for the big end of year art sale at Kustom Lane gallery in Hawthorn. The show runs form 28th November – 19th December and is a great chance to pick up some cool art before Christmas. There’s no opening night event but a bbq at the gallery on the 19th December.
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My main inspiration came from pulp paperback covers from the 1960’s (particularly artists like Robert Bonfils). Many of those covers not only had provocative imagery and titles but were painted in a rough dry brush that gave the artwork real energy.
In regards to the lady’s appearance I was inspired by two animated movie characters. Ginormica from Monsters vs Aliens and Mirage from The Incredibles. Both have white hair that contrasted strikingly against their skin and i wanted a similar effect here.
In my first sketch i had her holding a wine glass but a gun seems more appropriate and in keeping with the pulp theme. It also creates a greater sense of intrigue. As you can see in my development sketches below i had a lot of trouble with her face. Eventually went for cute younger look rather than a sultry appearance.
Art nerd stuff
For the texture I used heavy modeling paste over the pre primed canvas. This was spread with a palette knife and then created the texture with various toothbrushes and combs.
After the drawing was transferred with carbon paper I began painting with Golden Acrylics. The darks in the curtain is a mix of Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue. The gray/green shadows in the dress is a mix of white, a tiny bit of Thalo Blue and a touch of Burnt Umber.
Heres the completed painting with a first coat of acrylic sealer. Gave it three coats sealer and two coats removable varnish.
Development sketches (Below)
Sketches were drawn at A3 size. Revised parts were redrawn on tracing paper. Eventually it was scanned into Photoshop where sizes were adjusted. It was printed out and then transferred by carbon paper to the canvas.