So I just finished a big thrift store painting featuring a giant Rick Moranis head. How did I get here? Do I have a love for Rick Moranis? Why would someone do this to a perfectly good painting? While I can't always mind map an art project, I have a pretty good idea where this one came from.
It starts with #meetingnotes. Meeting notes is an ongoing project of mine that organically started as I had to go to meetings at my day job Many of these meetings didn't pertain much to me, so I started drawing to a) pass the time and b) work on my drawing skills. When I started, I made mostly doodles. Over time I began working on more complicated and intricate sketches of people (mostly celebrities that I admired). I would post these on my Instagram on Fridays to the she-grin of friends and fans.
The Wada Effect
Kevin Wada. I loved and admired his beautiful watercolor illustrations of my own childhood obsession, X-Men. The dude really takes the images of these characters into a whole different dimension. But, what was prominent in Wada's work that I always disregarded in comics when I was a kid was men with chiseled faces. Structure and lines that made them manly and super. Never a doughy face in sight. In response, I started trying to draw round faced men. Men who's features wouldn't make them an action star. One of my favorite subjects is Fred Armisen.
His face is full of so many expressions and he has these features that are very round. From Fred I moved to other faces until one day I made a meeting note of Rick Moranis.
From earlier meeting note iterations, I decided to add words to the images and put Hey Ricky! behind his head. And thus a new project idea began to percolate.
Bill Murray, the Muse-iest Man Alive
When I first decided to try and paint one of these new projects, I turned to my main man, Bill Murray. I had a small landscape paining that I picked up from the Salvation Army that seemed perfect for Bill to be added. I found a song title that I liked and got to work. History was made. :)
I knew that I wanted to turn my Rick meeting note into a painting and I knew just what painting I wanted to use. Over the summer, my wonderful wife had made a mission out of finding big old paintings for me to work on. I've done small work before, but this was the biggest "canvas" that I've tried to tackle. So I put it off. For months. I had printouts, sketches, test paintings, but I just feared the big guy. I let it sit in the corner collecting dust. Then one day, feeling like the muse might leave me for this work, I decided to pull out the painting and started. Worked. Then finished. And now its done. I hope you like it!
Ben J Hutchison
I am an aspiring children's book writer and illustrator.