I Am Superman

Final - I Am Superman

There is a hero in every one of us. All it takes sometimes is a red cape, clothespins, and the inspiration. Our children know it to be true.

Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 36 x 48 x .75 inches
Original: $1800
Signed middle bottom

Work In Progress - I Am Superman 1

Let’s start with the red in Superman’s cape and chest plate area. The red cape reflection of the Superman statue in the mirror is also painted in.

Work In Progress - I Am Superman 2

The red boots are filled in along with the rest of the cape. The boy’s red cape in the mirror reflection background is also filled in.

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Time to paint in some blue. The boy’s shirt and jeans are painted in the background. Now the painting starts to take shape.

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Some of the orange background is painted in, including the the light brown colored curtains. At this stage, most of the work involves painting in blocks of color.

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Time for Superman’s blue in his costume to be painted. I use a lighter blue for the base, but will darken it later.

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Painting the bottom blue foundation that Superman stands on here. A turquoise blue is used as the base color.

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Some of the furniture in the background is painted in, revealing the living room the boy stands in. The boy’s hair and the yellow in the Superman “S” is also colored in.

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The window plantation shutters are painted in behind the boy. More of the living room is loosely painted. Color filling in the main areas are still the primary objective at this stage of the painting. The foreground mantle the Superman statue sits on is also colored in with a neutral grey.

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Some detail work is completed in this part of the painting. Shading in the boy’s jeans and shirt and Superman’s cape give form to the subjects. Most of the block painting is complete at this stage. Now the real work begins.

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Shading work goes into Superman’s cape and blue outfit. The form and shape of the statue is now defined more clearly.

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The red in both Superman and the boy’s chest plate is intensified. A brighter blue is painted onto Superman to make him really stand out. A brighter color red is also painted in parts of Superman’s cape area.

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Detail in the shadows and more coloring in the background of the painting is completed during this stage.

Work In Progress - I Am Superman 13

Painted in the details and darkened the color values in some areas of the painting. Also painted in Superman’s eyes. Now he doesn’t look like a zombie. Getting very close to completion at this stage.