Wacky Reference Wednesdays Contest

Monday, October 15, 2012

The White Queen (Tending the Hellfire). 2009.
Acryla Gouache and gouache on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

This is a cross-post with Muddy Colors — An Illustration Collective.

I have an ongoing series on my blog called Wacky Reference Wednesdays. Most often, it just features embarrassing photos of myself taken in the name of reference for my drawings and paintings. To celebrate the 200th installment, I'm hosting a contest. It's very simple: you send me pictures of yourself, your costumes, props, toys, 3D models—whatever it takes—and I'll choose one lucky winner as the basis for a painting which they get to keep.

The Rules:

1. one entry per person, 2 characters at the most in the composition
2. entries must be submitted to wrw200@paolorivera.com
3. they're due on or by October 24, 2012
4. submission of photos grants permission to post them here

The Prizes:

1st Place: an original painting based on your reference
2nd Place: a Daredevil #1 blank variant with DD sketch
3rd Place: a signed print
Runners-Up: photos will be posted on my blog

It's open to everyone. I'm looking for originality (not just a pic from last Halloween), perhaps some humor or narrative (all in good taste), and great lighting and composition. You can even photoshop elements together. Basically, make me want to paint it, and make it a complete composition. Good luck!


  1. I love the colors you use for skin tones. What do you mix for your usual comic convention face portrait type flesh color?

    1. I could devote a whole post to that, but for con sketches it's an easy answer: burnt sienna. Shadows are usually some mix of ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson. Usually just a hint of warm red of the cheeks. Blue or black wash for our more hirsute heroes.


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