Thursday, August 18, 2016

Self-Portrait - Bathroom Graffitti

There used to a band that I followed frequently. Not like Grateful Dead-Head type followed, but I'd try to catch their shows whenever they were in town.  They were called The Schomberg Fair (not to be confused with the Schomberg Agricultural Fair, although they did play there a few times), their genre was best described as "Speed Gospel" (banjos, twangy guitar, hard-and-fast rhythms, and the occasional Biblical reference), and I wish they were still around, because they were great musicians and pretty cool guys.

This painting is based off a picture that my friend Amber took at their "Mercy" CD release party at Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, back in roughly 2011/2012.

Acrylic on 8x10 wood panel
I used the Liquitex soft body acrylics for this piece, as I find they are really good for bright vivid colours, which was the most important aspect for this piece, as the original reference photo is also very bright.

I had a good deal of difficulty with two parts of this picture: The hands, naturally, as it has become apparent that hands are my nemesis; and getting the correct angle of my face, since I am not used to trying to draw/paint faces that are facing aways.

I'm really happy with that ear. It's a small detail, but man.. ears are hard. I also like the way the fur on the cuffs and collar of my jacket turned out. I miss that jacket, even if the zipper never did work properly.


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