No Brexit Halloween

No Brexit Halloween

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had to send a letter to the EU asking for an extension so it no longer looks like Brexit will happen on the 31st of October.

Will the main players in the Brexit saga be satisfied with calling out ‘Happy Halloween‘ instead of ‘Happy Brexit’? I wonder who they blame for the current impasse, perhaps each other?

With 4 characters to include in this illustration I thought it would be best to go reasonably large. I bought a number of 15 * 20 inch Crescent cold press illustration boards a while back and decided to use one of them.

I don’t really enjoy painting with acrylics on these boards, the paint doesn’t go down the way I like or with the finish I want. My plan was to have an acrylic underpainting but to finish the piece in oils.

I blew the original A4 sketch up with photo editing software and then transferred the sketch (printed on 4 sheets of A4 ) onto the gessoed illustration board using graphite transfer paper.

Transfer the Sketch
Transferring the Sketch

Once I had the sketch down I blocked in some colour. This was just to get rid of all the white and it gave me a chance to bring out those of my acrylic colours that never get much use, like pthalo turquoise, dioxazine purple and cobalt blue.

Block In Stage
Block In Stage

Even though I planned this to be an oil painting I did a more complete layer of acrylics. Because acrylics dry fast it was easier for me to make corrections and be sure of where I was heading before I brought out the oils.

Acrylic Colour
Acrylic Colour

The photo below is a shot of my palettes during the first oil layer. On the left are the colours I used for the skin and, on the right, for the clothing.

Colours left palette: burnt sienna, burnt umber, yellow ochre.
Colours right palette: alizarin crimson, pthalo blue, cadmiumm red, cadmium yellow, titanium white, burnt umber, ultramarine blue.

Oil Palettes
Oil Palettes

And this is how the painting looked after the first layer of oil. Most parts have had some work, the exception being the ‘bones’ on Cummings cloak which didn’t see much change after the acrylic layer.

First Layer of Oil
First Layer of Oil

And in case you were wondering, the fancy dressed characters are:
Theresa May (Former Prime Minister) as a witch
Nigel Farage (Leader of the Brexit Party) as Count Dracula
Dominic Cummings (Special Adviser) as the Grim Reaper
Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) as a devil

You can buy cards and prints of this illustration in the shop.

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