Thursday, May 10, 2018

"Soldiers of Love" series

Two finished panels

The book cover

I had a temporary job at Bookmans mainly doing simple tasks like dusting the shelves and alphabetizing. While I was dusting I was fixated by this book cover. I saw it repeatedly for the three months I worked there. I was like "Wow. I have got to paint a bunch of medieval soldiers wearing this type of uniform."I dug the mail outfit. I thought the outfit would make fantastic intricate line marking.

With each series I try to make the figures have their own vocabulary. A distinctive way I approach the eyes or the lips. Although my art is already cartoony, I wanted it to be extra cartoony. Something between Keebler elf and Flintstones.

 I sketched lots of different weapons in their hands. The more I sketched the more I realized I didn't want the soldiers to be fighting. I preferred the soldiers to be friendly. They are holding the heart shape with their hands but also their feet.

Months ago I was reading a photography book 50 Contemporary Photographers You Should Know. The book was a short and informative book to quickly flip through. I was enthralled by the work of Richard Mosse. He photographed wartime. Except he used a type of photography that would turn green into red and pink. The photos are almost surreal and otherworldly. I wanted to attempt it but not have that same effect. It ended up looking silly.  Instead of painting and drawing leaf shapes on the bushes I wanted to bring out the shapes in the bush without rendering them. I decided to use the ends of balloons. I like the fruit loop and whimsical like look to them. 

Richard Mosse photograph

I've always wanted to do a big painting with tons of panels. A painting that would consists of fifty to a hundred panels gathered around a room. . One panel by itself is cute. But a bunch of these together, that's epic. .I remember being in a museum once with a panorama painting. Panoramic paintings were the cinema of its time. A majestic painting around the whole room. I hope to achieve that same effect with this series.

Paintings in Progress