With my comic book at the printer, I was finally able to finish up the illustration that I’m contributing to the Pony Club’s GHOST Show.
Even with all the prep work I completed before I embarked on the final drawing, the process wasn’t without a few foibles. I managed to majorly eff up one little doll, but impressively, I did not throw a childish tantrum and instead calmly carried on. Like a real adult, you know?
So here’s the final work! It’s a classy 2 x 3 feet.
Come see the actual piece, for really real, this Thursday at the Pony Club Gallery. I’ll be showing my ghoulish drawing with tons of other great artists!
Artist Jennifer Parks is part of the Pony Club Gallery collective and was kind enough to include me in this upcoming show in April. Naturally, I’m pretty excited about the ghoulish theme.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know about some of the sketches and studies I’ve been doing for my contribution; a black & white number of spirits in the dark forest.
Since I’ve finished these drawings, I feel ready to move on to the final piece. OOOH! Exciting stuff, indeed.
Small pencil draft
I don’t normally perform this much prep work, but there are many components of this drawing that I needed to sort out besides a composition.
I played around with a few “cutesy” spirits before settling on decidedly more “creepy” spirits. I also wanted to integrate more of the bleeding paint technique that I developed with my last art show, Sticks + Stones, so I did a painted forest study.
And then there was the matter of the ghosts themselves – should I paint them in gouache? Allow the white of the paper itself to embody the spirits?
Tracing paper has an inherently ghostly quality, so it seemed the most natural choice. Plus it’ll be like working with little ghost dolls! Cutting them out and adhering them to the dark forested background will be a fun challenge in itself.
Look for glimpses of the final piece in the coming weeks, as I bounce around the different projects I’m working on.
Based on the sudden burst of creative energy I experienced whilst doodling in my sketchbook last week, I pursued this new direction on a bigger piece of paper.
The drawing came about in my most fave way: no rough drafts, no planning; just pencil-to-paper and drawing whatever came to mind. I started with the vague idea of a forest scene in my head, then filled in the blanks as I went.
Although I hadn’t planned on doing so for awhile, I seem to have stumbled on a whole new body of work to magically fabricate from thin air. Here we go!