Sunday, October 11, 2009

Composition and Color Studies For Halloween Mask Paintings











I'm doing a short series of paintings inspired by old Halloween masks, in these you can see crude collage combinations of a variety of masks fitting into each theme, werewolf, the ghoul, the witch/vampire and demon. In the bottom black and white picture you can see changes in the werewolf to the color version. I ran some sketch stamp filters over the pictures to maintain that thick black cartoon linework that will be important to keep these looking more like flat Halloween mask interpretations and prevent me from taking them into a more sculptural, physically real direction. I'll be painting these this week, should be a lot of fun.

5 comments:

Robert Adam Gilmour said...

Of all the types of horror there are, Halloween horror is one of my favorites,, and as much as people say vampires, werewolves, witches and ghosts have been done to death in their most cliched forms,,, I say that they have not even scratched the surface in that form.
I cant think of any satisfying movie with stereotypical monsters,, so it has not even been done properly yet, let alone done to death.

I like the vampire the best. As with these I usually prefer "GGGRRRR MONSTERS!!! RRRAAARRRGHHH!!!" rather than thematic explorations that are worthwhile yet often sucks the life and fun out of it.

ULAND said...

Dude, I like that b&w wolfman image as is..

SEAN ÄABERG said...

So you're going to do paintings of these?

Human Mollusk said...

I like the ghoul best!

Paleo said...

wow, those stop you in your tracks, and the B&W's are very striking too!