So I Thought I would post a little progress on the air-force/brewery pin up commission. I am using a new paint for this painting suggested by Kent Lind. It's Wicked Detail Color by Createx. It is specially designed for airbrushing on many different substrates. While I love Lascaux Acrylics, they are not designed for airbrushing, and as such have some issues: most notably the colors separate quickly when thinned with a lot of water. This means the color is a different hue when first airbrushing than when you get to the bottom of the cup (unless you stir it Constantly.) Secondly, the pigment particles are much larger in the Lascaux paint, so regardless of how much it is thinned, it will always have some issue being sprayed through a precise airbrush like a Iwata Custom Micron. So that is my two cents on that. More progress coming soon. Stay tuned.
Well, it's been a while, not only since I've updated this blog, but also since I've even worked on a painting; what can I say, busy busy summer. I know I am still in the middle of the Soviet tank girl pinup, but when a commission comes along it gets bumped to the front of the line. This project comes from Albert who is starting a craft brewery called "Fly By Brewing Company". Albert wanted a pin up painting of his wife but didn't know exactly what he wanted for a theme. His brewery has military aviation as its theme, so working together we came up with the idea of a WWII era pilot theme set against the pilot wings of the time. Also beer. Although not in the sketch yet, the name of his company will be on top of the painting in a classic poster font.
So It's been a super busy last few weeks, what with the holidays and blah blah blah...so anyway, I finally got around to adding the first round of color into the painting..in the process I screwed up the suspenders so one step backward there, oh well. Other then that it is going pretty smoothly..dig
The next step in this painting is putting in the blacks, I do this in every painting, but in this one especially I am really developing it heavily before I move into color, probably because it just seemed natural as there are so many blacks/darks in the final.
Partly inspired by the Karl Ruprecht Kroenen character in the Hell Boy comics/film, this pinup is a bit darker. Part human, part machine; but all evil....but sexy evil.
The title says it all basically, the main colors on the horse are blocked in with more subtle values in the figure; neither are finished. I'm still not sure what colors the background and circle will be, once I'm done with the for-ground figures hopefully it will speak to me.
So this is as far as I got on the fit/muscular pinup painting today, I should have gotten further along but I've been updating my site all day so this is it. This is always the roughest point in my painting process, nothing is smooth or even but that is fine as it is still early on in the process. I am still not sure how I will handle the background entirely, I want to make it somewhat abstract/vague so it doesn't just look like she's sitting in a canyon in Arizona. haha I am not sure how far along I will get this week on this painting as I have allot going on, but I will update as I do.
Pin-Up artist Robert Ricci.