The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Varnish and Underpainting

By heather at 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 27, 2007

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I took a couple snaps today and yesterday of my work in progress for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants. The finals for this are to be in oils, and I tried a different set up this time. Instead of redrawing my sketches onto the illustration board (which takes a few hours,) I made copies of my sketches, printed them out, and glued them down onto the cold press illustration board. Then I painted a coat of polyeurathane to seal them. When working with oils on paper, the oil paint can over time eat away at the illustrations, so sealing them and then painting with acrylic for the underpainting keeps the oil paint from the paper and keeps the artwork from deteriorating.
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Then I’ve gone over and painted in big blocks of colour with acrylic for the underpainting… feels like a really bad colour by number! But don’t fear… the more garish & crazy it looks at this stage, the better it will look in the end!

acrylic painting

These colours are REALLY bright right now, because when I paint over with the oils the more toned down shades, I’ll leave those bits of bright colour peaking through at parts. It’s easier to start bright and dull back, rather than the other way around. It looks a bit messy at the moment, but it will add lovely texture to the illustrations.

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© Heather Castles

Filed under: work in progress, illustrations, childrens books, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants


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Comment by Crystal Driedger

May 29, 2007 @ 7:08 am

Wow you are so fast…. Maybe I should do all my underpaintings first too? hmmm

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June 5, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

[…] Things are ticking along with the illustrations for Elizabeth Badowski’s “The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants.”¬† I’m still in the acrylic underpainting stage… the illustration above is on its second sitting, so things are moving along well in acrylic. In this second stage of the acrylic underpainting, I’m focusing more on tightening up the details and getting everything looking “right.” The illustratio in places is a little flat, but that’s because I’m going to add the ‘light’ in oilat the very end once everything is looking right in the acrylic first. Filed under: work in progress, childrens books — […]

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Comment by Shari

August 6, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

Beautiful. Did you use normal paper or thick painting paper when copying the pictures?

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