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Topic: No, no, no! We Dare Not Marry!-- A Painting (Pic Fat!)  (Read 7492 times)
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CraftyOctober
« on: June 27, 2012 12:36:33 PM »

Hello again! I previously posted a painting I did of my boyfriend, a Roy Lichtenstein-inspired pop art painting. Well, still on a Roy Lichtenstein kick, I decided I wanted to do something so very traditionally Lichtenstein and paint a girl from a romance comic. (If you don't know who Roy Lichtenstein is, check out this website that shows his paintings compared with his source material: http://davidbarsalou.homestead.com/LICHTENSTEINPROJECT.html/ )

So first, I googled "romance comics" and found this image I really liked, drawn by John Romita Sr:



After I found that, I did some brainstorming and sketched out the composition I wanted in my sketchbook, making it a big, close cropped portrait:



Then, I traced my sketch onto acetate, turning the black areas into negative spaces to be colored in just like Lichtenstein did:



I used the transparency on an overhead projector to transfer my image to my hand-stretched and primed canvas:



I applied my benday dots using a large, perforated metal sheet, a stencil brush, and oil paint. I used masking fluid to mask off the boundaries of where I wanted the dots to go. This is what it looked like after the dots were applied:



Then, I started on the first coats of black!




I added in color next, keeping it limited to basically the three primary colors as I wanted this painting to hang in my dining area:


The primary cyan paint in her hair was the worst to do; it literally took five coats before it was solid and no longer streaky. Ugh.

And finally, here's the finished painting!



Hanging over my table:


I do still need to build the frame for it, which will be a simple wood frame spray painted red, but I couldn't wait for that to post this. Let me know what you think!
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2012 12:55:52 PM »

You are officially the coolest girl ever.

If I could ever ever ever find the time, and then there is the issue of the talent, but really, let's blame it on the time thing.

Are you available for commissioned works?
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2012 01:13:53 PM »

Love ~ Love ~ Love it!  Great job!   Cheesy  Thank you for sharing!!!
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012 01:15:23 PM »

That looks freakin' fantastic.  You did a great job.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2012 01:28:49 PM »

Amazing! Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2012 01:32:22 PM »

AMAZING! I love Roy Lichtenstein and you've done a fabulous job emulating his style. Love this!
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2012 01:37:45 PM »

amazing job!!!!!!!!! I so want this in my room!!! this totally rocks!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2012 01:52:41 PM »

I love this..so glad you have a picture of you with it (her?) so we can see the scale..the placement of the dots is mindblowing!
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2012 02:09:28 PM »

I love this..so glad you have a picture of you with it (her?) so we can see the scale..the placement of the dots is mindblowing!

Yeah, I realized I forgot to say how big the painting actually is! It's 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, so it's pretty sizeable.
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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2012 03:41:24 PM »

That is brilliant! 
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« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2012 06:39:45 PM »

It's absolutely stunning!  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2012 06:44:09 PM »

This is really amazing! Great job.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2012 07:22:44 PM »

Great job and i love the size.
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« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2012 11:49:08 PM »

Pretty incredible!!! Thanks for sharing the in progress pictures. Love it!
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2012 10:28:50 AM »

Oh! My! Goodness! That is an amazing painting!

Lots of work, thanks so much for sharing your project with us.

Ha, it is clear that this ROCKS!!  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2012 11:25:31 AM »

Amazing! I love it!
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« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2012 08:49:32 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous! I don't even know if you'd want to frame it...it kind of has a contemporary/classic look to it.  Really well down Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2012 12:22:18 AM »

Oh. My. Glob. This so so incredibly awesome! I totally want to make my own now! ^_^
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« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2012 04:40:27 AM »

Holy amazing wall art, Batman! That's fantastic!
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« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2012 05:45:58 AM »

It's fantastic!

If you don't mind me asking... what brand of paint did you use? I always have a bugger of a time finding a decent red and yours looks lush.
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« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2012 07:59:41 AM »

That is amazing, great job!
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« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2012 08:55:17 AM »

awesome! i don't think it needs a frame!
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« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2012 08:58:27 AM »

This rocks! I absolutely love it! Great job Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2012 09:43:35 AM »

O.o

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« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2012 06:15:48 PM »

that's awesome! you're house must be so fun to be in. I loved your boyfriend's portrait too. What does he think of having a big painting of himself in your living room?  Grin
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« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2012 12:12:36 PM »

It's fantastic!

If you don't mind me asking... what brand of paint did you use? I always have a bugger of a time finding a decent red and yours looks lush.

I use Golden Heavy Body acrylics. This particular red is Naphthol Red Light. Hope that helps!
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« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2012 12:13:22 PM »

that's awesome! you're house must be so fun to be in. I loved your boyfriend's portrait too. What does he think of having a big painting of himself in your living room?  Grin

He likes it! I think it helps too that, next to my painting of him, his similarly styled painting of me is hanging as well!
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« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2012 01:09:05 PM »

Beautiful work! I've been a fan of Roy for a long, long time now and it has influenced my work greatly. Glad to see he's still inspiring others as well. Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2012 02:15:27 PM »

SOOO fabulous!  If I had an ounce of your talent, I'd be hounding art galleries!
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« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2012 08:02:53 PM »

Oh my gosh, this is such a fantastic idea. I am in love.
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« Reply #30 on: July 01, 2012 11:01:34 AM »

LOVE it, would like to take it home along with your kitchen set!!
Great job!
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« Reply #31 on: July 01, 2012 01:41:27 PM »

Very cool!  Love the teary eyed vixen in the dining room.
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« Reply #32 on: July 02, 2012 02:38:17 PM »

Wow, this is incredible!  Shocked You are very very talented Smiley If you don't mind me asking, how did you do the red dots though? They all seem identical.
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« Reply #33 on: July 02, 2012 04:57:37 PM »

amazing
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« Reply #34 on: July 02, 2012 11:39:15 PM »

Wow, this is incredible!  Shocked You are very very talented Smiley If you don't mind me asking, how did you do the red dots though? They all seem identical.

I don't mind at all! It's a bit of a pain in the butt process--I always end up having to redo it because I mess up the first time. I bought a perforated metal sheet from Amazon (the dots on this painting are 1/4" diameter). I mask off the borders of where the dots will go on the painting so I can see them underneath the metal sheet and so I don't get dots where I don't want them. Then, I make sure I have a completely solid support underneath my canvas (usually by layering lots of hard boards or whatever I can find under it)--this step is important; if there is no support under the canvas, it will bounce all over the place and the dots will be so, so sloppy. Then, I put the metal sheet over the canvas, take a stencil brush and non-diluted oil paint (I use oil paint because its color is thick and intense enough that it doesn't require more than one coat, plus that's the way Roy Lichtenstein did it!), and "tap and smoosh" as I call it. What I do is apply paint to my stencil brush, though I tap most of the paint off the brush because too much paint also makes sloppy dots, then I tap the brush over an area of the metal sheet to spread the color, and smoosh and twist the brush around to really push that paint into the openings and achieve a uniform, solid dot pattern all around. It's a very time consuming process, and one that leaves me aching and cursing midway through, but when done correctly it makes such a cool result!
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« Reply #35 on: July 02, 2012 11:44:55 PM »

LOVE it, would like to take it home along with your kitchen set!!
Great job!

Thanks! That kitchen set was a super lucky find on Craigslist of all places--only $100 too!
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« Reply #36 on: July 08, 2012 09:20:02 AM »

You inspire me!   Cheesy
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« Reply #37 on: July 12, 2012 06:40:26 AM »

WOW!!  Just saw this - so amazing and I LOVE that you took "in progress" photos - it's always so interesting to see the process!  What great talent you have!!
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Um, holy crap!  This is AMAZING!
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« Reply #39 on: July 13, 2012 09:16:34 AM »

Absolutely amazing! I wish I had that much talent!
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« Reply #40 on: July 17, 2012 08:29:08 PM »

wow... im going to have to try this.
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« Reply #41 on: July 23, 2012 12:36:58 AM »

That's awesome. Great job on figuring out how to make the dots!

I agree it doesn't need framing.
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« Reply #42 on: July 27, 2012 08:15:18 AM »

Holy guacamole! This is absolutely amazing!
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This is fantastically well done!
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« Reply #44 on: March 21, 2013 05:49:16 PM »

At first I was impressed, but then I saw the size of that project and I'm literally in awe!  Great job!  I also really appreciate the documentation of the process you underwent from concept to conclusion.
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