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Pickman’s Gallery Grande Opening

Hey, another “LIVE” button off the main page! As Dust hinted in the last post, we gave ourselves a project through July to try and recreate The Pickman’s Gallery. Inspired by the story ‘Pickman’s Model’ by H.P.Lovecraft we created a few illustrations in the style and with the content we thought might have been painted by Pickman himself. I was particular lazy, busy and rubbish this month so I only managed to contribute the one painting; ‘Feeding Ghoul’. All my other pictures finished on the digital cutting room floor. I have however, another sketch that might grow up into being a Pickman’s gallery piece. Hopefully, I can work this up soon.

So the ‘Feeding Ghoul’. I started by thinking I wanted to swim against the tide of BIG monsters and have a small yet nasty character. I decided I wanted him to have a BIG head, though. In the end his head isn’t big in the way I wanted it to be. The plan was also to have him well hairy but near the end of this project I was having yet more trouble with clean edges and Dust introduced me to the ‘preserve transparencies’ function…I couldn’t go on. I knew the next picture could be done so much better and without the hassles that were now inherent in this picture.  The last 2-3 hours on this picture were purely doing fixes. I wanted to start afresh. I kinda cheated with this guy in my terms; the cheat was to include a knob. I figure if you want to convey disgust in the viewer, stick a hairy knob in your picture. I did, so I did…it worked didn’t it 🙂 As I get better I’d like to think I could convey disgust with more subtle techniques. Learnt heaps again…hopefully you can still see me improving at this stage. I think the painted end-products are starting to catch up on the coolness of the original sketch now. Gotta post a huge thanks to Dust for carrying this project this month…I wanted to contribute loads more but have struggled with output this month…post World Cup hangover perhaps?

Thanks for the props homie. Ah the Gallery, if two years ago someone had told me that Lovecraft had written a story about some artwork that me and MAS had done I would have laughed in their face, but here is the proof if proof be needed. Two of my pics are me trying my hand at speed painting which was fun, 2-3 hrs then walk away, looking forward to developing this. The other two began life as a photo montage of some clouds and some seaweed, the framed one represents the painting Pickman did and the photo is supposed to be the photo the d00d finds in pickmans cellar without revealing all the story (I think I just did)

“What it showed was simply the monstrous being he was painting, But by God, Eliot, it was a photograph from life!”