Tuesday, 30 March 2010

A boy and his monkey.




Firstly, thanks so much to everyone who dropped by and said such nice things about Bathroom Lion, I really appreciate it folks! For those who asked it will, hopefully, be published October time. There's a chance it will be available on Amazon, and the publishers will have it on their site. When I know more I'll be sure and post about it.

I've been working on a commission for a little boy's first birthday present. His parents wanted a painting of the little guy riding a monkey, maybe holding it's ears, and wearing a green T-shirt with a 1 on it... the rest was however I wanted to take it. I showed them 2 versions of initial sketches, which I also splashed some quick colour on. They loved the colour palette of the left hand version with the character design of the right so last nights task was a marriage of the two. The parents are happy with version 3 (save for keeping the original sun design , showing the boy's teeth and having him bear foot) so the next step is to get out the paints! It's going to be a useful exercise in pushing me into doing more natural media pieces. I'd love to get my eye in with gouache as well so I've tried to design things with an eye to the final painting process. I guess I'll know how easy I've made my life when I get cracking over the easter break. I'm away for a few days so it will make a nice holiday project as it will like as not be raining! I'll post the final piece when I have it. Enjoy your secular chocolate eggs folks!

11 comments:

damon said...

nice stuff!

David Kow said...

wow!! i love this characters!!

Abz said...

good choice of colours!

Jenea said...

Hey mat! My favorite picture is second! More fun! :)
Iwas born in monkey year, so I like all monkey! hihihi...=)

Juan Bauty said...

Nice!!

Philip Morgan said...

More lovely stuff Matt. Your work on 'There's a Lion' was beautiful by the way, did I say that already?

Jon Davis said...

Thanks for putting this up, it's always really interesting and helpful to see someone's process through sketch, rough and finished piece.
Nice picture as well :)

Abz said...

Thanks buddy! Do you have facebook?

Abz said...

Sounds great dude...!

Tam Hess said...

Love your art! The colors are great and it has a little retro feel to me that I like. :)

Abz said...

Thanks for the comment dude- and the bday wishes! I would love to the things you suggested, but since this game is played mostly by women, we're trying to keep things are "pretty" as possibly if u know what I mean! lol

However, I will suggest it! ;) go on and update dude!