I’m making a new painting right now of a skull that my friend Debbie has named “Frank,” which is an inside joke originating from that douchebag ghost hunter show I admit to guiltily watching on occasion with a bowl of ice cream.
I am working with whatever junk I can find in my art drawer, which – at the moment – just happens to be gesso diluted with water and hunter green Selennier fountain pen ink that’s half dried up and has got to be over a decade old – I picked it up when I worked in the stationery store in college. I mixed it up at different hue values, and am using my usual drip-drop technique that I like playing with. I like messy neatness. I want to layer it so the skull has a lot of nice detail and pops out from the background; this is just the underpainting so far. It’ll look more like an actual skull than just a cartoony one. It’s amazing how much the painting changes at its different stages. The second photo shows up darker, because I photographed it in another room. It’s not that dark in real life.
I got inspired by the awesome skull painting in Sherlock’s flat that’s hanging on the amazing wallpaper. Since I only had green to work with, that was perfect. So now stage 2 is drying and there are green driplets all over my kitchen floor that will need to be cleaned up by a Magic eraser. I really, really need a good studio space. Working in my living space is a pain in the ass.
Here is stage one, where I lay out the composition:
And here is the second stage, with a little more detail. I will go over this again when it’s dry so that nice settled detail in the edges doesn’t get messed up too much with extra moisture.
It’s gonna be awesome when it’s done! I’m excited!