Too Bad for Them We’re Out of Here!
acrylic/enamel on canvas
16 x 20 in.
Too Bad for Them We’re Out of Here, loosely based on a panel from X-Men #5, revels in the exaggerated grittiness of 90s comic books.
Here’s to Extreme Everything!
Acrylic paint and Derwent Inktense water-based ink combine with line work done in Sharpie Paint Pen. Three coats of gloss acrylic varnish add brightness, protection, sheen, and durability.
Pastel Portrait Ten.
The smiling face of your Martian moderator here.
Buy it as a card or print.
Fear nothing. You might not find that in any drawing tutorial, but it lies at the heart of our approach to these pastel drawings.
We struggled with pen for many years. Ink makes demands for perfection. You can’t massage ink into the right place. You can’t undraw the mistake.
But with pastels – especially these new oil pastels we’re trying – you can reshape reality at will.
When you know a mistake isn’t going to wreck anything, you can draw with absolute confidence. Be bold. Coax the shapes into existence, painting your subject with color and light. If you get it wrong, blend in the right color, then redefine the shapes with light and shadow.
Bob Ross talked about this absolute confidence. On his canvases, he said, he could move mountains and redirect rivers. He could build and destroy. He could make it anything he wanted.
So can you.
Red Portrait measures 20 x 30 inches because that’s the size of the piece of paper that came in the 20 x 30 poster frame. It has many layers. We drew on that paper, then collaged over it with comic books, porn, postcards, an old set of dental x-rays, the most special page of the Slang Dictionary, and tiny photographs. Next, we washed it with Ultramarine Blue, splattered it with Black, and covered it with a layer of Mod Podge mixed with Deep Permanent Green acrylic paint. Once that dried, we hung it up next to our photo reference and started sketching. That’s when the fun really started. Pastel, sharpie marker, acrylic paint, gesso, sharpie paint pens, ink pen – it’s all in there.