Trying new techniques with X-Men leader, Cyclops

Cyclops from the X-men

Cyclops by Sam Flegal

Over the past several months I’ve been experimenting with smaller paintings. My main goal was to develop a method of working where I didn’t make an elaborate gray tone drawing. I wanted something a bit more stream of consciousness. I’d do a simple sketch, transfer it to the board and then start painting.

My hope was that this approach would free me up to experiment more with the oil paint. It worked. For Cyclops I had a lot of fun with the shapes in the background. For the most part the background was painted using a pallet knife. Since this painting I’ve found myself using the pallet knife in my more elaborate paintings. One example is Tyr’s Promise.

Cyclops is the only X-Men character I’ve painted. I’ve done a couple more small experimental paintings, but I moved on to a secret project I’ll talk about soon. I’ve always loved the X-Men, but recently I’ve been listening to a podcast called Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, which has certainly rekindled my love of mutants. I highly recommend their podcast. Rachel in particular talks about her love of Cyclops on the show. I think she subconsciously influenced me to paint Scott Summers.

All in all it was a fun project!


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