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Tutorial: My Painting Process (Alien)

Over the years, many inquisitive fans have asked me about my painting process. It's pretty simple, really. Most of the emphasis is not stressing on drawing every tiny detail, but it's about capturing the mood and lighting just right. I really admire Rembrandt (see my Rembrandt post here) and his attention to the reflection of light on his subjects. I'll be using my latest Alien painting as an example for a step-by-step tutorial on how the process works. Step 1: I start the whole process out as a monochromatic underpainting, usually as a sepia tone. I paint all of my work alla prima (painting it all at once instead of using pencil). Step 2: I sketch in all the main character elements that are important to the composition. Here is the time I think about size and eye flow in a painting. Still working monochromatic at this point. Step 3: This is the final stage in the underpainting. The background elements go in and the final shading occurs. Once dry, I begin color application. Step 4: The final color stage as well as painting the really small details and highlights comes in here. This is the fun part, when you get to see a painting come together. And that is generally the basic structure for how my painting process works each time. It may seem difficult to others, but it works very well for me. If you have any other questions, always feel free to ask! I love what I do and wouldn't change a thing. The most important thing for each artist is to find one's own style. What works for you may not work for others. Whatever process feels most comfortable is the right one for you. You can find me on Facebook at Horror Artist Chris Kuchta's Gallery of the Macabre and on Twitter at @Bloodedemon. Also DeviantART as bloodedemon and I'm now on Pinterest.

New Painting from Hell - HELLRAISER!

Hellraiser portrait. 16x20, oil on board.

 One of my top ten favorite films is Clive Barker's HELLRAISER, and I couldn't be more proud to present this freshly finished piece to you all. I put a LOT of work into this one. Since I'd wanted to have it ready for Wizard World, my time was limited. No TV, socializing or going to the movies. These are sacrifices I'd never give up entirely, but I'm okay with doing several week stretches because it's totally worth it in the end. As a professional artist, I feel it's necessary to always have something new for each show. Don't let the fans get bored. The last thing you want is to come off as stale. Need to add a little fresh meat to the table!

I've literally been painting for four solid hours every night like some kind of frenzied madman. Deadline stress aside, it's still damn fun. I kid you not, the moment I added the final touches, I threw up! That's how hard I'd been concentrating on getting this piece done in time!

I also like to play with the idea that I was possessed during the process. Cenobites are supposed to be angels and demons who are on this demented plane of existence that lies between pleasure and pain. In essence, sadomasochism. Artists busting their asses to make deadlines kind of fall into that category!

I really hope everyone likes this piece, and I'll see some of you at Wizard World in a few days! 11x17 prints will be available for purchase at my table.

Here's my bio on the Wizard World artist page!