Sometimes an idea for an image just sticks in your head and
you have to just go with it. That’s how it was when I thought about the many
reinventions of the Wizard of Oz tale; none, to my knowledge, had adapted it to
a Post-Apocalyptic setting. That led me to imagining what these incarnations of
the Oz characters might be: Dorothy could be a tough, Mad Max-style biker girl
and the Cowardly Lion an experimental mutant escaped from some scientist’s (or
Wizard’s) laboratory. The shapes of the Tin Man suggested to me a soldier in
vaguely pulp-sci-fi armour and the Scarecrow a ragged, wasteland mutant. I
pictured the characters in a group, on a road and looking outwards toward or
past the viewer. The composition would be a wide, landscape format image,
suitable for a comic or magazine cover.
In this workshop I want to give an insight into my methods
and demonstrate how ideas change and adapt from the initial sketches to the
finished digital painting. I created the image in Painter 7 on a fairly
antiquated PC, with a little help from Photoshop.
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