Ad for 2012 Summer Olympics
This is one of two paintings that I was commissioned to paint for the 2012 Summer Olympics in England. The paintings that I did will be used as posters and billboards!
The idea of this one was "The games are coming to Weymouth", or something like that.
They wanted a realistic look to the illustrations, but I also felt it was important that they had a painted look to them. For my flag reference, I actually hand made little flags and then stuck them in Styrofoam. I then lit them how I wanted and from there I sketched and finally painted.
This painting is all about how it looks from a distance rather than up close. Which is how I prefer it anyways.
The flags were a lot more difficult to paint than I first thought and took a lot longer to paint too.
One of the most challenging aspects to this painting was the arrangement of the flags. There are certain flags that they wanted to showcase up front, but some flags don't look right next to other flags, so there was a little back and forth before everyone agreed on where each flag should be.