Vigo the Carpathian, just in time for Halloween
Oct 30, 2007 On Saturday, three days ago,, I was sitting around the house and I suppose I must have been thinking about what sort of decorations for Halloween I might put up, which is odd, me not being the sort of person that’s into carving pumpkins, or putting a bunch of crap in the yard, or the usual sorts of things people do. And so I thought, “maybe I could do a painting of some sort.” Well, the next thing I know, I have the idea to try to duplicate the painting of Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters II. Looking around the net, there are a few — very few — pictures of this painting, and all of them of low qualtiy. But, I didn’t let that stop me.
This is one of thos projects where it seems like a great idea in the beginning, but after you get home with a blank 30×60 inch canvas, you start to wonder, “is this really cool, or is this just weird?” Hmm. Well who knows. Maybe it is just weird. But I’ve seen it through, just the same.
Looking at this creepy thing is like being in an unwinnable staring contest with the evil twin of Hugh Downs.
Here’s a closer look at the skulls and rocks. These were done very quickly and loosely with a half-inch flat brush. They came out pretty well, I think. Some of those block-ish rocks were done with just 2 or 3 brushstrokes, one per visible face, and for once, my attempt at painterly technique actually worked like I wanted it to. The whole painting was done with just 5 tubes of paint: Ivory Black, Titanium White, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, and a tiny amount of Raw Sienna. The clouds were done with only black, white, and red. I was a bit surprised at how the black and red interacted, they make a kind of purplish tone. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, as black and yellow tend to make a greenish tone, so I suppose Ivory Black just acts a bit like blue. It probably doesn’t show up so well in these photos, as they were taken under incandescent lighting, and while I tried to correct the color a bit, I wasn’t able to really get it right in these photos (and who knows what vagaries my monitor intruduces.)
Thanks for looking.
Edit: Aug 10, 2009: I have since come across a couple of links which might be interesting for the Vigo aficionado: First, I found a rather hi-res jpeg, much better than anything I found when I was making my poor copy… I wish I had this pic then: hi-res vigo pic. I found it here: ghostbusters.wikia.com.
Next, I found the website of one of the original artists of this painting. The original painting was done by David Rymar and Leslee Turnbull. Here is David Rymar’s website.