Some Progress Shots and Explanation on the Wrap of My Portrait of Jordan Sabolick.
You can all heave a sigh of relief. You will no longer be wearied with posts about the crawling progress of my painting of Jordan and the many woes and setbacks therein involved, because it is finished. And I love it. Well, as much as a person can be in love with a piece of plywood covered in paint and gold leaf. I was really stoked on it after I finished all of Jordan‘s face, but it was touch-and-go there as to whether I ruined it after I finished the shirt… and then again after the background… and then again with the halo. But all was recovered in the end and all the mistakes blended together into something grand.
This was my first painting on wood and it’s the biggest I’ve done yet. The wood was much smoother than canvas making it easier to get fine detail. It was hard to get a perfectly circular halo. I finally found the perfect stencil to work with – a giant pot lid. Necessity: the mother of invention. Working larger scale also made it easier to really get all the nooks and crannies in there (I got every freckle, Jordan… Every. One.). Now I’m pumped up to start my next one! I want to start one of my Frenchie friends who visited last summer – a dapper group of chaps who all lead lives of adventure and intrigue (one is a med school dropout turned professional poker player, one is a professional Street Fighter player, and the other is my old friend from highschool who studies abroad in foreign countries and is starting his own shoe company). They really embodied the spirit of my series and it would be fun to do a painting featuring multiple subjects. It’s either that, or I’ve found my first female subjects for my series!
Many of you know my severity upon my own sex (refer here for my schpeel), so it was hard for me to think of women who had the look and personality I wanted to portray. Then I realized I had the answer right under my nose – I just couldn’t see the forest for the trees. (Enough analogies? Did I even use that last one correctly?) I’m proud to announce that one of my first female muses will be my dear, dear friend, the lovely and talented Sara Wilkins. She’s been talking about getting a full sleeve for as long as I’ve known her, so we’re going to paint her with one and let her live vicariously through the painting while she continues to mull it over.
Enough yammering. Below are some shots of the final piece. A big shout out to my friend Jordo (see left) for letting me paint his mug! And also, as cheesy as it is, thanks to everyone who’s supported/critiqued/encouraged me along the way. It was so helpful (and encouraging) getting everyone’s feedback as I posted progress shots on facebook and instagram. We artists are fickle folk, in constant need of feedback, and I know I never would have finished this monster if I hadn’t had all that positive feedback.
by Adam Arcuragi