Translucent Backdrop

4' x 6' backlit painting based on an MGM studios backdrop that was used in the 1962 film called "Two Weeks in Another Town". Saved by the Art Directors Guild: Backdrop Recovery Project. This was made using an old school scenic painting technique that involves creating a background by first painting the front in a realistic but efficient manner. Then flipping the painting over to darken all areas save those you wish light to pass through for a glowing effect when illuminated from behind. This allows one to use the same backdrop for a day-time scene as well as a night-time scene.

Hollywood backdrop student copy

Custom comic book commission: The Adventures of Super Katie

Commissioned as a birthday gift for her sister Jenny asked me to create a comic based on the extraordinary life of her sibling. She told me wonderful and deeply personal tales of Katie traveling all over the world, finding herself, loosing one of her closest friends and i assembled them into a narrative that we felt represented her amazing spirit. The comic is hand painted and inked on watercolour paper to add a specialness to match the memories. Then I bound the illustrations into an accordion style book so that the pages could be flipped through one by one or fully extended to enjoy as one long panel. 

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Buddha

2'6" x 4' ft painting of a Buddha statue to study texture with a stone-like quality. Here the focus was to take advantage of an already textured under-painting to minimize the amount of layers needed to complete the effect. 

Completed painting

Cartooning the image using the grid method

Applying colour

Completed painting

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Church of the Citrus

18" x 18" painting of a constructed environment in which slices of fruit act as stained glass windows which pool light into a room occupied by a single altoid sat on it's box alongside a piece of string. For the fullest effect I created my own reference imagery to transform these objects into characters that inhabit a believable space.

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