Baby Blue Monster

Another Halloween themed painting! This time made it even scarier yet still as cute. The Little One went to a local costume shop the other day to check out some stuff and experiment how far she could get scary!! And yikes…

I started with a rather snazzy background combining layers of inks and paints, having too much fun piling on whatever came to mind and was available at hand. For instance, Golden fluid acrylic paints in orange and yellow followed by Daler Rowney’s fluorescent acrylic inks in yellow and orange. And still not satisfied, I spritzed some orange ink spray by Dylusions. Then as if that wasn’t enough, I added a layer of green stenciled patterns using stamp ink on some corners and ink spray on others.

After having outlined my drawing in oil pastels I traced over them in acrylic paint. For comparison of appearance and texture, the green creatures are by Golden full body acrylic in light green and the red ones by red paint mixed with modeling paste. The hair of the Little Monster was firstly drawn in red and purple oil pastels, then painted over in magenta paint and then scraped over with Golden heavy body acrylic in violet using a palette knife. Following that, I painted in the body in blue (Sky Blue by Rangers) and drew in the skeleton with white Uni Posca Pen.

The eyes were then firstly traced with black Pitt artist’s pen and then filled in with paint and ink . I used acrylic markers and the uni posca pen to add details on the little creatures. However I wasn’t happy with the hairdo of the Little Monster so I thought a collage on the sides would be an idea. After digging through my scraps of paper, I found a piece from an old painting and made two star-shaped cut-outs before gluing them on. Dotted the eyelashes with some metallic marker. Et voilΓ …

A true Halloween painting! As said before, Halloween is a great excuse to go crazy with colours and style. Go extreme with hair and eyes, and it really doesn’t matter if the subjects are crooked, asymmetrical or even lopsided. Of course anytime is just a good time to explore the unusual. My figures are never perfectly shaped or proportioned anyhow. But Halloween gave me the opportunity to be more brave…

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