Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Charlie Chaplin painting

I got a few days off this week so I decided to do something for myself.
I am a HUGE fan of Chaplin, and I've been wanting to do a portrait of him for a few decades, so this was a good chance to pull out my paint brushes.
A few preliminary sketches.

Final drawings of the characters

Stretching the paper, and on go the first washes!

By this time, the lines had been washed off, so it helps to refine them.

I'm very happy with the result. I started off with a few failed concepts. Having Chaplin signing an autograph for a little girl was not going to work. And even though I usually push for extreme expressions, I decided against it for this painting. I like the subtle story behind this piece, and I think it goes well with the watercolours.

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