Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FPM Finale: Cosmo is Complete!

5" x 5" acrylic on canvas
©Xan Blackburn 2012
Fall Portrait Marathon, Cosmo

Done.  Cosmo's portrait, and the Fall Portrait Marathon of 2011, both done.

Cosmo's portrait was based on a black and white photo, which has such power on its own that, given the option, I decided to stick with a monochromatic approach.    I did try some coloring in Photoshop, but I couldn't get happy about spots of color.  It seemed gimmicky or false.  So here he is.

Back in my comic book coloring days (yes, it was a real job!), we often were called upon to create scenes that were monochromatic.  For some reason, I found certain colors harder than others, but working on The Savage Dragon (this particular page lists me - Xan Micka at the time - as a colorist, but thinks I am a male.  Hmf!), for instance, I learned a lot about greens, or working on Spawn, I learned about a lot of red.  Ick.  I think I'd take a different approach now, but my comic book days are loooong over.  (That's a whole 'nuther story!)

What was I talking about?  Oh yeah.  Monochromatic painting.  Well, enough said.  I'll just let Cosmo do the talking.

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