Monday, October 30, 2017

Doctor Strange Commission

DOCTOR STRANGE. 2017.
Gouache & Acryla Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.

This commission from earlier in the year took 11 hours, prep to scan. I had great reference (thanks to my previous work for the movie) and basically just copied a single photo. If only it were always that easy. Typically, I end up trying to interpolate 2 or more different photos into something new (typically a bad idea).


detail of raw scan

At the bottom, you can see how I try to lock down the drawing in a single wash — Sepia Holbein Gouache, in this case. The face is always toughest, so I saved it for last. I must've done okay, though, since my Photos App now thinks I know Mr. Cumberbatch.


detail of raw scan


work in progress snapshot

6 comments:

  1. Man. The shading on his skin. It honestly looks like you just used a filter in Photoshop. It looks too damn good.

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    1. Thanks! The smooth tones and transitions are mostly transparent washes. I tend to go opaque only when I have a particular stroke in mind.

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  2. This looks awesome! How do u prepare the paper before you paint? because when I paint it tends to shrivel up and have a bendy surface.

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    1. Thanks! To answer your question... I do nothing at all :) This was painted on watercolor paper (a watercolor block, to be specific, which keeps the paper glued flat at the edges until you peel it away). For painted covers, I typically use Strathmore 500 series 3-ply bristol board (again, doing nothing special but taping it down).

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  3. Hello again! For your gouache bust works they look transparent in some areas. Do you usually build up a couple of transparent layers and then use opaques in certain areas?

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