1. First I need an idea, what am I going to paint. This usually takes me hours if not days of looking at lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of photo references, looking through photo books, reading stories, watching tv and good old fashioned zoning out and looking at the wall for hours on end until that moment when YES - I get the idea.
I usually draw it out small, scan it and enlarge it to my canvas size and print it out to the exact size. This time I drew my image to the exact size because I loath scanning and fitting images together.
Drawing on the left, blank skate deck on the right
2. Next, I get out my handy carbon paper, I'd be so sad without it. I then place and trace my drawing onto the canvas (or skate deck).
3. Finally, I remove the carbon paper, and there is my template from which I will paint. I almost always make changes in the design, as I have already with this one - I cut out about 1/3 of the original drawing, trust me, it was not worth putting on there.
And that's it. Now all i have let to do is paint it. In this case I only have 1 week to start, finish and mail this painting because my bff and husband of bff are coming for a long overdue visit.
Come back in a week for the final result - and if you are going to find yourself in the Philadelphia area on October 16th, please check out the Good Wood 3 show at Slingluff Gallery.