My latest project was a pair of large (7ʼ x 4ʼ) cutout photo standees for “Kids Day” at the local new and used market in Deroche, BC. The market founders wanted one panel to feature an adult Sasquatch with two smaller child-sized Sasquatches. The other panel was a Wild West vibe featuring a “Wanted” poster look and feel to the standee. The materials (plywood and 2ʼ x 4ʼ lumber) were generously donated by RONA (Fraser Valley Building Supplies) in Mission, BC.
I started the project with a quick couple of sketches of each panel and prepped the plywood by applying 2 coats of gesso. The next step was to freehand the sketches onto the panels. Measurements and cuts were made for approximately where the head height of an average adult and child height would be. Once the panels were where I wanted them to be visually, it was time to apply the acrylic paint. I worked on the Sasquatch panel first, starting with a light brown wash on the Sasquatches themselves. From there I began working in the trees, switching back and forth between building up the paint on the Sasquatches and the tree background. The final touches on the panel included detailing the Sasquatch hair/fur, filling in the sky with various shades of blue with some little fluffy clouds, and adding shading/highlights to the trees and Sasquatches.
The WANTED standee project was a bit looser since I was going for an aged poster look to the overall panel. First I did an overall light brown yellowish wash over the entire panel, very wet, and let the water go where it may. From there it was onto penciling in the letters, numbers, and the reward banner. Then, I applied darker brown acrylic for the hair on the couple and working in the hats and clothes still being mindful of the aged wet look. Everything was coming into focus and it was time to apply black to the penciled-in words and numbers. The final touches included highlights and shading to our “wanted” couple along with a final dark brown wash to the outer edges.
The project wasnʼt quite finished as I had to cut and assemble stands for both panels so they would stand up on their own. Overall everyone was very happy with how they turned out and there was lots of engagement on Kids Day and I expect for many markets to come.