Painting Bon Vivant Part 1

It’s been awhile since I’ve painted.  I dug out my tubes of gouache and acrylic paint; it took some more effort to locate my brushes.  Then I needed to decide what to paint.

Bernard Cribbins

While out and about online, I found an image of British actor Bernard Cribbins dressed in clothes from the Edwardian era.  That appealed to me for some reason and I pondered what if Rusty wore an outfit like that.  Since Rusty wouldn’t look too out of place in the retro universe of Sunnyville in that apparel, I decided to paint that.  

The first thing I had to do was work out some thumbnails.  I was invoking famed illustrator Howard Pyle when I did this.  Even if the first thumbnail was right, I had to do more just to be sure.

Thumbnails for painting

The first thumbnail was taken directly from the inspirational photograph of Bernard Cribbins, but I decided the pose looked too stiff.  Also, I did NOT want to plagiarize the photo directly.  I thought of Rusty looking away from the book…but that’s not how Rusty would read.  So I settled on him reading the book intently.

Bon Vivant Pencil Sketch

Bon Vivant, Pencil on paper, 8.5×11 in.

Yes, I accidentally put the wrong date on the pencil sketch; that was done this year and not back in 2014.

Now that I got this finished, it was time to move onto the next step.  But that’s another post for another day.

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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