Artist insight From sketch to final
Tusks and teeth!
The mouth area was the hardest thing to get into perspective. I kept having to turn the grid back on and try my best at making it work, but by the end I really liked how it looks, and the expression of the ogre patient as well. Definitely worth the effort!
Tools of the trade
The idea of putting some skulls, teeth and tools on a table nearby was a late one during the sketch process, but I’m glad I thought of it. Not only do these items add to the storytelling of the scene, but they also work to separate the foreground and the background.
A sign of what’s to come
I like to joke in my work, and I just wanted to make it clear that the one in the most danger here is the “doctor” rather than the patient, so I introduced a board to check how many angry patients he’s made it through.
Patients who are impatient
The faces of the other ogres waiting for their turn in the background was my favourite part of the image to paint, and it’s one that not many people notice. They’re so tiny, it was really easy to paint them, and I loved painting their funny, bewildered expressions.
Skin and face
It was great fun to paint the skin – it has a lot of volume and subtle form variations. I have a confession: to better inform my painting of this guy, I studied a painted portrait of an old lady, and then just exaggerated what I learned!