Thursday, May 7, 2009
What Price Glory?
I believe this is the only stand-alone painted color study I've done (I've done others, but they were in conjunction with digital studies). I vaguely remember having some oil paint, a tiny scrap of masonite, and big dreams. It was only my second cover for Marvel, so I was still finding my footing. In fact, I remember a kid in our studio (I was still at RISD at the time) watching me paint it. He stared for a long time, then said, "You're really slow." And he was right.
My girlfriend at the time referred to this as the sequined superhero. I don't think I've painted a shiny Cap since. However, this was the first Marvel painting I ever sold, which I remember being pretty excited about.
Anyway, the main reason I wanted to show this was because I didn't use to do color studies, but now it's an integral part of the process (not to mention my favorite part). What started out as a sort of joke — an oil painting executed on a wood block 1.75" x 2.75" x .75" — ended up being very helpful in the long run.
Have a great weekend!