So I’ve made a little bit of progress with the graphic novel-ish style painting of my niece as a zombie. I’m hoping to have it finished by tomorrow since I found out it’ll be going in the student show starting Friday. Actually, I’ve made more progress since these pictures were taken, so there’s not much more to do other than finishing the other attached panel close up. I completed the outline on the canvas and did more detailing on the face after taking the pictures, but it’s not much different than this.
…and the first part of the panels that will be attached…
For our final painting in class (I’m still working on the others, so there will be pics eventually), we could basically choose to do whatever we wanted as long as it has some significance to us and we can relate it to another artist’s style. Since I’m in no way, shape, or form an art major, I wanted to relate my final project to what I’ve been working with in the English department – the idea of fear and horror in young adult literature. My niece is far from being a young adult, but she has really inspired the idea since she is following the same path I did as a child – enjoying anything scary or grotesque. One thing she is particularly enjoying right now are zombies and other monsters.
I’ve also spent a lot of time working with graphic novels in my classes over the past few years, but I’ve really always enjoyed the artwork. I was hooked on manga when I was younger, but now my interests have moved on into the work of those such as Alan Moore and Frank Miller.
So I thought…what would be cooler than my niece as a zombie in a graphic novel? Nothing, that’s the answer. Nothing could be cooler than that. So I began doing the basic sketch and then transferring it to my canvas. The colors will be very flat and hopefully end up looking very graphic novel-esque.
Just fyi — this is merely the base, there will be two smaller panels attached to this canvas. One will be a close up of her otter toy and the other will be a close up of the fanged little bloody zombie mouth. I will also be including two lines from William Blake’s Augeries of Innocence that I think fit appropriately, “Some are born to sweet delight,/ Some are born to endless night.” Unfortunately, I don’t have these sketched out yet, but you’ll see them when I have the finished product.
A classmate caught this photo while I was putting the image to the canvas.
More updates to come soon!