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    bar...

    I'm doing a "bar" scene and am not sure which way it'll go yet...

    Here's a basic pencil layout. I think that arches and some theatrical detailing will inform the background.

    It's "lightly humorous" ( it makes me smile, but I'm not sure why it's funny.)

    I may develop the humor or just let my painting style enhance what humor is there already... we'll see I guess!
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    Ok, taking it slow... here the pencil backdrop is in place....

    Without colour it looks too busy but i'm confident that this is a strong composition and that the colour (and value) will simplify it.
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    Clever color and lighting can handle the busyness. That's why some people do value comps to show clients why and how it would work. Hard to tell from a drawing like this whether it would be handled properly. It could conceivably be skimpy when it's painted. All depends on your style too.

    I think the joke here is that there are a couple very sexy babes waiting in a porn movie setting and the male actor is furiously pouring over the script to figure out what happens next. Or that he thinks the script has flaws, or something where it's about the importance of something so unimportant. Aspirations of being a real artist.

    Could that be it?
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    HaHa, I hadn't thought of that, but it's so obvious given the evidence!

    ...Lionel wondered about his character's "motivation" in the climax of "Renaisance Girls are Easy"...


    ... and there I was hoping I could post this outside of the "after 9 o-clock" section....

    With the current eyelines though I think the humor is maybe in his melancholic and serious contemplation of the piece of cheese in total disregard of the eyecatching babes and scenery...

    If this was for a client I might well do a tonal study to convince, I wouldn't show this as it's far too open!
    but I'm confident it'll work, just not sure how yet... I think I'll dive in with blocking colours... to try to keep spontaneous.... If I get into trouble I can always de-saturate to check the tonal values....
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    Doris and Felicity wondered who'd win at chess... Lionel or the cheese?
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    an initial block out of colours and forms. almost no "modelling" at this stage... I think this could be nice but am tempted to try something else completely....

    If I put a window under the arch and make it daylight out there I'll get a more interesting set of lights and some strong "rims" on the characters... it may lose the figures too much though... less of an instant read....

    I will try now!
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    ok, here's one with the "back lighting" I think it's stronger and will go with it.
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    Still a LooooOONG way to go...

    the yellow light under the arch was beginning to feel too strong so i knocked it back with a thin wash of blue... It's in that tricky phase where some bitys are resolving and lots is still loose.... I'm beginning to feel I should extend the canvas so we see the girls feet and the ground... it seems a bir of a cop out at the moment....
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    Its starting to take shape.

    It reminds me of me many years ago when I worked playing the piano in bars. I sat studying the music while unbeknownst to me there were ladies giving me the eye.

    (Well. at least I can remember it that way--hahaha.)
    The only problem with humor is that no one takes it seriously.

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    It reminds me of me many years ago when I worked playing the piano in bars. I sat studying the music while unbeknownst to me there were ladies giving me the eye.

    (Well. at least I can remember it that way--hahaha.)
    ha ha, maybe that's one of those universal things that everyone realises as they get older!

    I aim to "push on this" painting and try and finish it today, I didn't get as much time as I'd have liked yesterday, but fingers crossed!

    There may be one more update before I'm finished.
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