The last post about the process for three Screenplay paintings, this shows the final inked piece--pre-watercolor.
I ran across this tintype early on, and used it and others for resource.
Most often, after the thumbnail sketches for any artwork, I collect a lot of resources. I use Pinterest in order to keep them organized. If you are interested, the link to my Screenplay resource folder is here:
Here's a sheet of thumbnail sketches for Projectionist. The sketches always seem to begin sort of motionless.
Originally envisioned as a young man reading a newspaper, the projectionist morphed into a kid. I thought the idea of a person smoking in a projection room with flammable celluloid would be humorous, but on second thought, not really.
So the human character became a kid reading a monster movie magazine. Frankenstein's monster plays a part in all the pieces.
After inking the outlines with a small brush, I use a very light 2H pencil as a shading guide, and begin layering the ink lines.
There are many layers of cross-hatched ink lines in a piece like this.
This section threw me a bit because of the glowing light from the magazine. I wanted the effect but hadn't a clue how to achieve it until I got to this point.
The pieces, like many of my works, are pretty much drawings with watercolor washes laid in afterwards. The hardest part of this stage was getting the washes to blend around the glow. I used Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Sienna for the washes.
This was also a section in which I knew I wanted the monster's face in the light beam but hadn't an idea how to accomplish it. Somehow it all worked out.
The rat was a compositional device. The projector, the projectionist, and the monster created three subjects at the top. The pic needed balance, so the rat came to the rescue.
Well that's about it. If you are in Denver for the Screenplay reception on October 30th or the month of November, head over to Helikon Gallery and Studios to see all three finished pieces. They will be there, along with Screenplay interpretations by 30 other fantastic and inspirational artists. Each of us got to create three, 12" x 12" artworks for the theme, and it is going to be a great show!
Thanks for following my progress here--I appreciate it!