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Monday, January 18, 2010

Process! For Zombie Fair!

Hey! I just finished this painting for the Zombies In Love show at Gallery Nucleus. I twittered about the process as it went along, but i figured i would post them all here! in case you were interested!

here is what happened! step by step. for ease of looking..


step 1. doodled on zerox paper. (i need to think of a better word than doodle. some day.)


2. Scanned the drawings into the computer and put them all together in Photoshop.


3. Printed it out and taped them together.


this is how loose the drawing was at this point.. loosey goosey.


4. Traced the drawing onto the watercolor paper using a light box and a 6H pencil. this is when the drawing gets a liiiittle tighter. but not too much tighter, since i'll paint lines anyway.


5. Printed out some reference and made a mood wall. i love that one of the family the best. dude's eyes are closed in a radical sort of way. He's taking a happy snooze!


6. Mixed some swatches based on the mood wall. I tried to stay within these colors for the whole piece so the colors didn't get away from me and become a rainbow mess.


7. my painting materials: mug of water, old plate for mixing, 2 brushes (cat's tongue and a fatter one), winsor newton water colors, scratch paper (for testing paints), paper towels.


8. Watercolor wash to lay in some light value over the whole thing. and texture.


9. Started laying in rough colors.


10. After the basic colors are laid in... Mixed my line color! a dark reddish color. I love this part. This is when the drawing gets tight.


11. Laid in the lines..

12. After all the lines were in, went back and pushed the value contrast of everything, so that the elements popped and looked more 3D.


13. Finished! signed my name in the corner. felt super good.


THE END!

p.s. i'll post the final tomorrow..

34 comments:

Kid Shay said...

Thanks for this awesomely informative post! Makes me want to whip out my watercolors right now.

WJC said...

Great post, thanks. Fantastic art as usual.

Adam said...

Awesome to see it come together, I always love these making-of kind of posts.

Alec Longstreth said...

Bro, this is so awesome! Thank you for taking the time to document the process. I've always wondered how you approach your amazing work, and now I have some idea!

Doug said...

this is great! How long did the whole process take?

Jen said...

Amazing, can't wait til tomorrow!

pumml said...

Scott, what a great piece of work! Nice of you to post your process shots... that mood wall is hilarious. Where'd you get that cool image of all the carnival tents? I also can't believe how many funny gags you put in... the brain bumper cars, sharing a head smoothie, rip headstone backboard, etc. Genius stuff.
Looking forward to peeping the final for more.

Amy said...

I nth all the positive inspirational love.
Your paintings always make me smile and it's very cool to see how watercolour (which has a very 'it's hard to use' rep) can come together so simply.

Dead Fish Korp said...

Excellent!! More making-of if you have the time! ^^

Lucas Ferreyra said...

FANTAAAASTIC! How long did you take?
Congrats!

armyofcats.com said...

Gruesome and great - thanks for sharing the process Scott!

Leah McDowell said...

Is great to see the process - love your work!

Bill Robinson said...

This is soooooo great to see your process! Love stuff like this. And great painting too.

Michelle Kondrich said...

This looks fantastic and it's so fun to see it take shape!

Christian said...

Well I for one am disappointed. I had envisioned an assembly line of magical elves that are inspired by your creativity to create such masterpieces. Next you're going to tell me that you don't live inside an ancient oak tree. In spite of this I will continue to admire your always fantastic work.

carrie said...

thanks for the showing the whole process! I have been wondering how you get your watercolors to look so great. impressive.

Ming said...

This is fascinating and very inspiring! Your enjoyment of doing this really shows in the final result. And educational to see this effective method for working on big format. Thanks!

drono said...

Wow. What a great post. You're awesome. awesome to the max.

Mike Laughead said...

This is super-inspiring and helpful. Thanks a ton for posting your process.

Sally aka Fixpert said...

Wow, so cool! Thanks for posting your process! I have "Ninjas All Over The Place" hanging in my living room, and I still love staring at it and finding new little things I hadn't noticed before, like the kitty in the ninja suit, so good! haha!

KhrisCembe said...

B R A V O !!!!

Es increible!!!

You are God! XD

:: smo :: said...

hooray for how tos! this is stellar man, thanks!

The Holy Yost said...

Nice!
I do a lot of watercolor & ink stuff, but I always have to pre-soak and stretch my paper so it doesn't buckle like hell when it dries. As far as I can tell, yours isn't stretched. What voodoo magic do you use to keep it in line??

Jen Vaughn said...

A mood wall! I haven't thought about using one of those for comics or illustration before---just for giant paintings. Amazing! Also, I love how many drafts/lightboxing steps you go through. Being thorough is sexy.

Clinton said...

Awesome! Loved following this on Twitter. What type of Watercolors do you use?

Ikeda-Barry said...

Just want you to know that many of us out here find this kind of peek behind the curtain to be extremely helpful. Many thanks for all the extra effort to do this step-by-step for us.

And great piece!

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Aubrey Z said...

So great!!!

Kassandra Heller said...

Wow cool! It's great to see your process! Water color is a battle I'd like to fight again someday. I love all the little gags in this piece!

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Dude, this is SO RADICAL. thanks for posting your process...imagine if we did that for everything we do!?
This is my new fave Scott C. totally tubular piece. You rule, Dude.s

Briliantlyfreakish said...

concept sketch! call it a concept sketch!
It's always fun to see the process. For me so much of art is in the process, not just the finished piece.

Laqua said...

ohhhh yeahh man,
your are my hero!

another fan!
:D

god bless
Laqua
from Brazil

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Ezekiel said...

For my part every person ought to go through it.
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