This piece originated in my Composition & Staging for Visual Development class at the Atelier. The title…’Temple of the Ape King’ was an assignment, with only the text line for inspiration. Most concepts start with descriptive words. It began with an invented sketch of a large ape seated on a crude stone throne. As is typical for me…it was roughed out on a pad of cheap blue lined paper (it already looks like hell so you’re not afraid to wreck it). I usually do my best thinking on the patio, so that is where my preliminary thoughts and sketches emerge. A sketch of the guard ape and the prisoner was generated next. On a tracing-paper overlay (in the studio) the environment was developed and the guard ape sketch sized to fit and everything cleaned up with any minor drawing issues corrected.
The drawing was scanned and inkjet printed upon thin watercolor paper. This was mounted on board and the finish was executed in class in about 2 ½ hours. This is really scary! There was no reference used at any stage…Good Practice!
Medium: Watercolor & Gouache
A Specialty Class is in the works to address this type of concept invention.