Ok, I normally forget to take WIP (work in progress) pictures, but when Ben Bale commissioned me to do this epic surreal portrait, I knew it was likely to be a bit of a one off chance to do something this big and weird and fun, and I wanted to record it for posterity, or something. So I made a point to take photos, which I am now getting around to sharing with you. The order I did things in is not actually very logical, and the pictures are not massively clear, but well, here you go.
first, sketch out design of walrus, mountains and people, not sure what I was watching on TV here - seems to be someone eating a juicy apple.
collage of ripped up print texture papers made while at Uni from leftover printing ink, adds texture and depth to painting (although I painted over most of it) and also a pretentious historical element, as both the people in the picture where at the same University at the time.
ink in figures, told you it wasn't in a logical order.
under-painting on walrus, acrylic. paint is mixed on soup lid.
under-painting on ground and sky
add colour to figures using combination of watercolour, ink and acryllic
add ink detail to foreground and walrus
add moody clouds
add lightening and adjust colours with ink washes.
there you go. Isn't it these glimpses into the artistic process that just bring artworks to life?
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