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Old 04-28-2012, 02:50 PM
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Painting backdrop

This is a backdrop ('South Pacific') I painted for the local high. 19' x 48' on billboard banner material with acrylic house paints last year. I'm painting over it for the 'Little Shop of Horrors'

detail of bird:

detail of wave:

detail of cove:

Well here are in progress pics of new backdrop. The first is my layout:

Here is day one, rough roll in. They had the set in place it was a very tight space to work in. I just rolled one color then poured new color into the same pan picking up some of the previous color, which made a bit of texture and harmonizes it with the other colors. No layout drawing just rolling it by sight:
Here is some day two pictures:

Close up of hidden part of the building.

color a little better

final pics two days later:

This one shows part or the backdrop behind set:

I snapped a few chalk lines going each way from the VP then built the building on the left (a little orange) it has the water tower on top. I ran the other lines for the different floors off that building and the VP. I did the same with the building with the water tower on the right. The spacing for the doors and windows I felt into place. When I got to the end building it was so large I had to introduce a measuring point to figure the spacing of the doors and windows. I found a description of how to do it in Loomis' book 'Successful Drawing'
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:02 AM
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Re: Painting backdrop

You definitely know what you are doing...checked out your website...your protraits are definitely amazing. One question....were these portraits done back a few years, because the celebs look younger. I like your variety and your expertise as an illustrator.

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Old 04-29-2012, 12:40 AM
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Re: Painting backdrop

Fantastic work! Did you really paint over the ocean scene though?? Wow, it was so pretty...

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Old 04-29-2012, 08:24 AM
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Re: Painting backdrop

Hi Sherry, thanks. I painted the billboard portraits back in the late seventies and eighties. The John-Michael Montgomery in early 2000s.

Thanks, I'm not a big fan of city-scape, but enjoyed the challenge. I did leave the sky from the South Pacific. I attended a seminar by Bob Mcleod a marvel comic artist just before doing this and we addressed some of the perspective issues. He is very knowledgeable.
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