I was idle there for a moment. A client put our project on hold and I was left with literally nothing to do. With this client, I was booked for a half a year, 3-5 pieces and I needed to be focused. I normally think about the next project(s) while I'm working on the current piece. I couldn't take on any new assignments nor think about other projects. I had just began the finished pencils to the first piece when it all came to a screeching halt. Damn.
A theater full of horror film icons.
Initially, I was going to have a young couple making out up front. Ya know, kids being rude at the movies. Then I saw the CD for Elvira Presents Haunted Hits and I had a new point-of-focus. She is, after all, a horror host. Now it's questionable that I threw my horror net too broad, including everything that her "B" persona didn't represent. Whatever. She's hot and applicable.
After that, I filled in all of the blanks that my reference material couldn't. Some meant additional reference photos of me posing here and there. Others meant clever uses of lighting/shadow. In the end, my goal was to build a collection of figures that didn't look like a bunch of floating heads. They all had to have a story in a sense... cohesion. They had to look as though they belonged there. Along the painting process, I ended up adding an additional 12 characters; some were suggestions from the peanut gallery. I spent probably 100+ hours on this piece.
Cinema horror is an integral part of my life. It was there for me when high-school was difficult. It consoled me when friends and family were absorbed in their own lives. Their films educated me in death, murder, mutilation, drugs, and premarital sex. I'd love to give them each a giant hug to thank them for the fine moral compass I travel life with, but I'm afraid they would cut me down on sight.