Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monster’s Assistant

Arthur Rackham, the story goes, hired an old woman model who posed for many of his characters: not just nymphs and hags, but also trees and dragons.

Whenever you’re creating an imaginary creature, it’s good to have someone act out the pose. In a pinch you can act it out yourself in front of a mirror or a camera with a self-timer. You can change all the forms around, but there are often valuable details you can pick up from real life.


This little hunchback monster, a sidekick to the Birdman character (full image on earlier GJ post) was such a reality-based creature.

Even though I made a little maquette, I based details of his forehead and his hands on the live-action photograph, which I made with a digital camera on a timer.

The original painting is currently on display at the "Son of Baby Tattooville" exhibition at Riverside Art Museum in southern California. The show will end November 21.

Earlier GJ post on the exhibition.

5 comments:

Jenea said...

Yesss, is very nice work. I think what this little "Gollum" is very beautifull ;) h haaaahaa

MC said...

The image below is more disturbing...

Jon Hrubesch said...

I picked up on the hand right away. It really sells the sense of reality to something you know isn't real. I think hands are some of the most difficult shapes to paint realistically without reference.

Joe Sutphin said...

Thats fantastic Jim! and that painting just blows me away!

ivo.de.wispelaere said...

I like both monsters the way they're depicted ;-).