First off, sorry for the dead air for the last few months. This is basically the reason you haven't heard from me. Some old school chums of mine and I decided to throw ourselves an art show and just like that I had a deadline again. I can't begin to express how wonderful that feeling is. So, after months of planning and re-planning and, finally, painting, I was able to contribute three pieces to the show, two of them new. This is the first of the two.
I had this idea a while back of two horrible gods having a quiet moment to themselves, enjoying one another's company over a spot of tea. There wasn't much deeper commentary other than I was very keen on the idea of seeing two things, who's purpose (on paper, at least) would be to spread darkness and horror, indulging in a moment of peaceful camaraderie. Perhaps it's a comment on mankind's dualistic nature. Perhaps its about two masses of dying flesh and rusting metal enjoying a cuppa in the middle of a toxic wasteland. Man may never know.
This piece was done as an experiment in technique as much as a piece for an exhibition. I gessoed a two-plied illustration board, sanded it smooth and did my final line-drawing in HB pencil. From there, I applied some basic tones with burnt sienna oil paint, thinned down with some Eco-friendly turpentine. With some basic lights and darks established, I laid in the background, transparently at first and then with more opaque colors. The same goes for the figures; some basic, transparent tones followed with some more opaque layers. I finally glazed in a little bit of the gore, slime and decay as a final stage, as well as making some subtle adjustments to the sky. It took about 50 hours, when all tallied together.
I'm also pleased to add that this piece sold during the show, so I am now a PROFESSIONAL artist in a very real, money-having sense.
Thanks go to my girlfriend Leah for kicking my ass and keeping me working.
The other piece that I made will be forthcoming, but it'll take a day or two. Be patient.