Jovial Jack O’Lantern with Extra Jocundity

This is still a work in progress, but here’s what I have so far. Not sure of the name yet, probably something like Jovial Jack O’ Lantern in Happy Graveyard…this is oil on panel, 11×14 inches (work in progress):

Jovial Jack O Lantern WIP 09-09-08

Jovial Jack O Lantern WIP 09-09-08

I’m submitting this painting to a local Santa Barbara show, Noches De Los Muertos, which is at the Muddy Waters coffee house starting October 1st. It’s all Day of the Dead and Halloween art. My painting is a happy pumpkiny jack-o’-lantern that dwells in a spooky graveyard…

I planned this painting out much better than I ever have before, partly since I have a deadline this time: about 1 month from starting, and I need to factor in 4 days at least to let it dry before putting on retouching varnish. I spent several days planning this out with pencil and paper and in Photoshop where I did a semi-final drawing and did some color-study type stuff. I then drew it in pencil on the panel, at first I used a grid drawn on the panel to help transfer the drawing but ending up drawing in my vanishing points and perspective lines (it’s 2-point perspective) and mostly using that instead. Although the drawing is pretty simple it still took a long time for me to plan it out and get it right…the vanishing points were off the side of the panel too so i did this hokey thing where I taped strips of paper that contained the horizon and vanishing points in order to get the perspective on all the tombs and gravestones and such correct.

I then did a rough painting in acrylic which reminded me how much I suck at using that medium 🙂 After a couple sessions when everything was blocked in I started the official oil painting which progressed much more to my liking than the acrylic did…I can’t believe how crazy fast acrylic dries after getting used to oils for many months!

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