Steven Yeun as Glenn from The Walking Dead.
I made a video of the painting process. It’s extremely sped up (the painting took well over 6 hours to complete) but aside from that there’s no editing so bad decisions, mistakes and moments of doubt are all included.
As usual you can see more images in my Portfolio Gallery.
Another TV show character, this time it’s a remix of two characters from two different shows: Tattoo from Fantasy Island (played by Hervé Villechaize) as The Man From Another Place from Twin Peaks (originally played by Michael J. Anderson).
I thought it would have been funny if the guy who’d played a dwarf on one show had played a dwarf on another show too, hence the “TV mashup.”
Here’s a short breakdown of the process behind the painting.
I started with a clean sketch, no crosshatching and no shading.
I chose a medium dark color for the background to set the mood for the image and I started blocking in the main shapes to check that the composition was working.
Next I quickly painted the character in black and white to ensure the values were correct and the image read as three-dimensional.
The main color areas were blocked in as big, flat shapes on a separate layer in Color blending mode. This had the result of tinting the underlying b&w value study.
Jump to several hours later when the skin tones have been found (see the palette in the top right corner) and enough shape and volume have been blocked in to render the line sketch superfluous.
The face is completed with the addition of strong highlights and the rest of the painting is brought up to the same level of detail.
All the details are in, the lighting is enhanced and the painting is done.
See a couple of close ups in my Portfolio Gallery.
There are several things I should improve but given that this is only my second ever digital painting I’m satisfied with the result and I’m moving on. One can only do so much in a single image and I know the next one will be better.
In the early days of television, when there were only half a dozen channels, at most, significant, well-written dramas on a cathode-ray tube could still make us feel like members of an attentive congregation, alone at home as we might be.
There was a high probability back then, with so few shows to choose from, that friends and neighbors were watching the same show we were watching, still finding TV a whizbang miracle. We might even call up a friend that very night and ask a question to which we already knew the answer. “Did you see that? Wow!”
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake, 1996.