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« on: January 14, 2009 08:46:16 PM »

This is my first post (yay) and of course I chose a project that is very atypical of the stuff I normally do.  Usually I'm more into sewing and beading, but I'm really proud of this project so I thought I would share. 

So, both my boyfriend and his brother are in love with Charles Bronson.  He can do no wrong in their eyes and because of this I have been forced to watch Death Wish I, II, III, IV, and V on multiple occasions along with every other movie he's ever been in.  And because my boyfriend's brother is the kind of guy who has everything I thought I would make him some original Bronson artwork for his Christmas present.  Then I saw the threads on here about stenciling, and with the inspiration of seethesky's tons of stenciling tutorials and Andy Warhol, I decided to do a multi-image pop Bronson. 

This is the original photo, and I used MS Word to convert it to a stencil image. 
   

After tweaking with some of the image's shading, I made two stencils out of transparency sheets, one for each of the two foreground layers.  And about 3 hours later I finally finished cutting them out.  Then I painted the background colors on the canvas and then each layer of the stencil.  I'm a little bummed about the Bronson in the lower left because I wanted the reddish pink to be lighter and more vibrant, but it dried kind of dark (I told you painting is not my medium).  Here is the final product with a flash.  It's 16"x20".


And without the flash for a better idea of how dark the bottom left one turned out. 


The green Bronson is my favorite:


Anyway, he really liked it and it's already hanging on his wall.  Now I'm thinking of all the other images I can stencil.  It's addictive.  Thanks for looking. 



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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009 09:13:06 PM »

I think this was an awesome idea! What a great personalized gift.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2009 11:30:36 PM »

awesomeness. just the perfect guy present
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009 05:14:08 AM »

Love Bronson! I actually live about five miles away from the tiny western Pennsylvania town he grew up in. Great work.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2009 03:55:18 AM »

This is awesome. I envy your patience to cut out that stencil and make the paint near perfect. I've tried a Warhol-esque painting and it didn't turn out near as good as this. Amazing job!
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