step by step: From sketchbook doodles to full-blown composition
1 In the Beginning…
Even at this large a scale for the final art, my pictorial problem-solving process begins in small, abstract sketches. Shown here are the initial studies and a larger concept pitch to the client. This doodle later deviated from the stereotypical vertical architecture elements and opened the door to curving masses, design and light.
2 Drawing out the scene
With my model and element references all gathered, shot and considered, the transfer of the preliminary drawing begins on to the final linen. Even though I’d executed a smaller version of this drawing on paper (60 x 75cm), every head, figure and detail needed to be redrawn and embellished to work at the full scale of 150 x 280cm.
3 And now, Colour!
Turning to oil paints after the acrylic washes, the real work of this image begins. Dozens of faces, hands and costumes need to be rendered and colour balanced within the architectural landscape. Many of these faces have seen three or four paint-overs to set them right in value, colour, detail and design.