is the face in the painting's early stages. I wasn't
too fond of my original sketch, but figured that once
the painting was underway I'd be able to work out
the problems. (I think I have better skills with paint
and color than actual drafting.)
this point, I have a vague idea about what I'll put
in the background, but again, I want to give this
a more painterly, 2 dimensional look. To make the
most of the oil medium, I also thought it'd be fun
to paint at a diagonal, putting more emphasis on stylized
lines than the traditional method of blending colors.
the end, I decided to use a jungle setting with "washed
out" yellows and greens in the background. MY
original intent was to have a world map (common to
the INDY films), but it seemed a bit too flat, visually.
(Insert bad Columbus joke here.)
background used was inspired largely by an old TREASURE
ISLAND illustration by N.C. Wyeth.
oils can be a slow process, but they blend wonderfully.
I often smudge paint everywhere, from under my fingernails
to all my laymen's clothes.
hours before I was ready to put this on the web, Drew
Struzan, God bless him, had his braveura INDY IV teaser
poster released for all to see. I guess that's what
I get for taking my time.
right is a closeup detail of the face on the completed
painting. Though I don't think the rest of the painting
matches the quality of the portrait, I'm happy with
the way Indy's face came out.
I commonly do when using oils, I "bake"
the painting under hot lights to speed the drying