Folks don’t normally get to see my black and whites, but this one looks kinda cool, so why not post it? I also finally took this chance to time myself. A lot of long time pros know their processes so well, they can accurately tell how much time a project may take them. I’m trying to find that out myself. Anyway, not sure what to make of it, but at least I know this piece took approximately 30 hours, admittedly, much more than anticipated.
I based this whole piece on sleep paralysis. When I was a teenager a…um… while ago… this happened to me for the first time. It may have been my very religious upbringing, but without knowing of any folk stories or any past experiences, I thought I was being pinned down by something unearthly (refusing to say demon… whoops… gone and said it now). I found out much later it was, in my case, due to physical exhaustion.
Most of my time went into these infamous inks. Sketching those mushrooms went faster than refining them with black linework.
By the time I started painting this, I had a solid idea of what the colors were going to be, only to find out that once all the colors were set, the little dude in the middle looked like a chupacabra (by the way, this little paper construct is a pretty wicked rendition).
Somehow, in my head (and probably only there) changing the color scheme made it look less like a chupacabra (this one’s just plain funny). So blue and gold was the last color scheme.
Lesson here? I wish I were faster, and it would be good to better foresee how colors will affect the piece.