Love That Tramp

Love That Tramp

Love That Tramp

This cartooning project was one of my biggest works for the Scenic Painting 372 class my freshman year. Big in several ways, it was; I had painted floor boards and wallpaper and signs and furniture on sets, but this was a 3-foot by 6-foot painting that took finer detail, tinier brushes and a steadier hand than I was used to, and big because it was the most detail I had ever had to squeeze into a canvas this “small”! It was a challenge alright, but I know I became a stronger painter because of it.

The assignment
Pick a cartoon that we could paint and present in a week.

Picking the Painting
Painting is a skill that needs to be practiced; however, when you are painting something you love, it becomes an enjoyable challenge that you become passionate about instead of a chore that you have to complete. To this end, I chose the signature scene from Disney’s classic  Lady and the Tramp. I am very passionate about all things Disney and couldn’t wait to get into the shop to get started.

Beginning Steps
While there were multiple possible approaches to completing this project, I took the route of graphing and scaling. First came the rendering, which I graphed into 24 separate boxes, and scaled the rendering graph up to brown paper the size of the 3×6′ panel that would be my canvas.

After scaling out my picture and making sure each box was identical from the rendering to the paper, I used the pounce machine to tap holes onto the paper. I then transferred the new pounce onto the luan with charcoal and proceeded with the rest.

Finishing Production
After I had precisely mixed all of my colors to the appropriate degree, I added more details to the background. I now knew exactly where the dogs were in the foreground, so I finished major components to the back.

Next, I added the first layer to the dogs themselves.

Then, with careful precision and no coffee, I finished the detail, added highlights and shadows to elements that needed it, outlined the figures, and called it a wrap.



We exhibited our work in the lobby of the Forbes Center during Parents’ Weekend.



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