Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Henry Cavill

Willem's and Mads' faces were fun to paint because there is a sinister element to them.   Or just a touch creepy.  Just enough to make it interesting trying to capture those features.  

To change things up, I decided to paint Henry Cavill, the actor that plays Superman.  Henry looks heroic and classic.  Kind of perfect.  I found a picture of him where he's in strong sunlight.  I like the dark shadows it makes.  

8" x 8" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas

I even captured some little veins on his forehead.  His perfect gorgeous forehead.

Before I finished it, I showed Nate what I was working on: 
He thought I should leave him without eyes and let it be evil Superman.  

Painting faces is fun.  Who should I paint next?  Nate has suggested Kevin Bacon and/or Christopher Walken.  I'm also considering Jack Nicholson.  Not sure.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Mads Mikkelsen

After I finished my Willem Dafoe painting, I wanted to do another distinctive face right away.  Mads Mikkelsen is a Danish actor.  He was the villain in the James Bond movie Casino Royal.
handsome, yet also creepy

Like Dafoe, his face is slightly mesmerizing to me.    So I started painting him... and then let it sit unfinished for over three months.

To my delight, Mikkelsen was in the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One. 

rocking the Nordic rugged vibe

Awesome movie!  It inspired me to go back and finish the painting.
12" x 12" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas

His eyes, brow, and snarly lips seem like his signature characteristics.  I think I spent 3 hours on his upper lip...

Now he is hanging in my kitchen under the spice rack.  Willem is hanging in our half bath.  They are strange little paintings and the make me really happy.  I'm filling our house with my weird art just like the mom from Beetlejuice.