THE BIG PICTURE: I wanted to shed some light on the future. Everyone is so quick to point out the shitty side of everything. If you tell yourself there are going to be good times ahead, there will be good times ahead. If you tell yourself that your in a bad situation and the future looks grim, well then thats exactly what you have in store for you. Control your mind before it controls you.
PROCESS: This character is the "wise old man archetype" the "I can float while holding a cobra in one of my 6 arms while wearing a bathrobe type"...you know. He is also from my first label I illustrated for Saugatuck Brewing Company. I had a copy of tracing paper with him on it from when I originally drew him for the beer label, So I just recreated him onto a plank of wood. I used a high key method to paint the figure with acrylic and then taped him off with masking tape. For the background I used heavy gloss medium with several different vibrant colors. I applied the paint with only a pallet knife, working from inside to out using less and less white paint as I went outward. This was to create an illuminating tunnel effect behind the figure. The heavy gloss medium made for a solid glass-like effect which is what I intended to do. I uncovered the figure and the lettering very carefully then proceeded to hang the painting in the bathroom so everyone has good thoughts when they use my facilities.