Wednesday, January 9, 2008

In the Boudoir...

"Juicy Piglet"
Acrylic and pen on 12" x 16" illustration board.

I had a lot of fun coming up with the concept for this painting. It's based on a love letter I found on my car, which was parked in the school parking lot. The thing is, the letter wasn't for me. Yep...the amorous, lovestruck young girl took the time to write a letter (on Hello Kitty stationary, no less) to her beloved "Ricky boo," throw sparkly confetti all over it, fold it up into a nice heart shape, and attach a black ribbon to it, only to place it on the wrong car. Poor thing.

The message itself expressed how proud she was of him and that she loved him, etc. etc...It is signed "Juicy Piglet." How she got that nickname I don't even want to know, but it led me to come up with the idea of this painting. I wanted Juicy Piglet to be really intense, almost psychotic in her obsession over the guy. I also referenced certain parts of the letter in the painting: the heart-shaped sofa recalls the heart-shaped letter, the black ribbon she's using to choke him is the black ribbon attached to the letter, and of course the pig mask refers to Juicy Piglet herself.

I'm not sure the technique I used (acrylic washes) was the right technique for this painting, seeing how things are kind of dull and there isn't as much contrast as I would have liked, but I was trying something new.

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