Completed pic – (NEW!) Elvira by: Mike Vanderhoof

All finished! Thanks for watching the progression. I’m really happy with how this one came out. I’ve been painting on Masonite (particle wood board) a lot lately as opposed to canvas.  As long as you get a nice white gesso base coat, I think the colors come out a lot more vibrant. Not to mention using the “Grisaille Technique” as of late has really begun to make my work pop more than in recent years, which I’m very proud of. I find it’s also more difficult to get a good digital photo after painting on canvas. There always seems to have the grid pattern of canvas texture appearing in the digital pics as opposed to 35mm film. Also, as far as cost, there is no comparison. If you are a painter I’m sure you are well aware how pricey artist canvas can be, and usually are only available in standard stock sizes.  That is, unless you purchase canvas off the roll at your local art store and cut it to size, but then you are forced to make your own wood framing to staple it to which, to me, is unnecessary and fucking tedious. I don’t have the time or the patience.  Just grab yourself a 4’x8′ sheet of Masonite from Home Depot for only $8, and have them cut you some nice panel boards for 30 cents a cut.  Dirt Cheap and a better finished look.  But I digress.  Also you’ll notice below, Elvira herself was kind enough to give it a “favorite” on Twitter. Can’t wait to give her a print copy this October at the Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles. I’m still awaiting my booth #.  The original is FOR SALE at this moment… you can contact me on my website to purchase at www.kingmikev.com  Prints are also available for $10 on my “store” page.  Until next time….. DON’T STOP!

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