Cyclops — The Other One

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cyclops. 2012. Watercolor with acrylic highlights on paper, 9 × 12″.

I've always been a huge fan of Ray Harryhausen, so I was happy to get this request for the Cyclops from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. As is often the case with commissions, it's painted in watercolor with white Holbein Acryla Gouache used for highlights. In general, it's faster for me to paint transparently, but nothing beats a quick opaque stroke, even on a mug as lovely as this one.

Thanks to everyone who came out for Dare 2 Draw! We had a fantastic turnout, and it made for a wonderful evening — we even got some drawing done, some pages of which I've posted below. I hope to participate again, so stay tuned.

In case you hadn't been following along, my Lord of the Rings poster, Precious Cargo, sold out in about 3 minutes. Much as I'd like to take full credit for the demand, that seems to be the standard for Mondo posters. That being said, I've since had many requests for copies. While I will eventually have a small number of posters to dispense as I see fit, I haven't decided how to do so just yet. As soon as I do know, I'll post it here.

Have a great weekend!

2-5 minute poses
10-20 minute poses


  1. nice! do your watercolors bleed beyond the shape of the bust, and then you use gouache to tighten your edges? or are you just that sure about your edges?

    also, your poster was magnificent. Missed out on that :(

    haha! thanks for sharing your work!

    1. Thanks, Kyle! I used Acryla Gouache on some of the edges. It just depends on the look I'm going for. By the time I start painting, my underlying drawing has already given me a pretty good idea of all the major forms.


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