Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Musty Old Comics
Hi again. It's been about a month, but you know how these things go. But anyway, I was looking through a couple of old comic books that I have, and between sneezes brought on my my mold allergies I was noticing how faded and ratty they were looking. Then I thought, hey, that's actually kind of cool looking. As I am wont to do, I started wondering if such a thing could be reproduced on canvas. It seemed obvious what I should do, so I mixed a little bit of sepia shaded brown, some matte medium and a lot of water. The idea was that I would slowly start adding a number of very thin lowers of sepia over the painting and see if it gave the look I wanted. I used a painting that I basically wasn't all that happy with to experiment on and I'm glad that I did. I'm not hugely thrilled with the results, but it doesn't look bad. I didn't want the sepia tone to be even because discoloration of comics isn't even, so I purposefully made it a little blotchy. In retrospect this may have been a mistake. I'm still wondering how I could reproduce various stains for maybe even crinkly pages. At this point I wouldn't say the experiment is a success, but I think it still warrants looking into. If anyone has any thoughts, feel free to offer them.