Tenacious D(ogs) - Art (batch 1)

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  • First, I photographed a sample of dogs, portrait-style, at NANAS. This reddish brownish dog is an example.
  • Next, I transformed them into black and white photos, and heightened the contrast. I then got them printed out onto transparencies.
  • These transparencies would be emulsified onto silkscreens, and thus printed onto canvas panels.
  • This is the emulsification process at work.
  • As you can see, my first attempt failed, because the shopkeeper forgot to tell me that if a sensitiser of a particular brand runs out, I shouldn't mix and match it with another brand's photo emulsion because apparently each brand uses a different mixing ratio :S
  • I didn't want to waste any more money or time, so I got the silkscreens done professionally instead, and voilà, I was on my way. What you see are paintbrushes, a squeegee, silkscreen ink, canvas panels, and some contraption I borrowed for holding down the silkscreen.
    (Turns out I didn't need the contraption since the silkscreen automatically stuck to the canvas -- just had to peel off the canvas with my hands.)
  • One of my first few (failed) creations. I underpainted the background before printing the dog onto the canvas, but I guess I uninintentionally cropped off this poodle's head and chest too early (and there was too much going on in the background to make out what the background looked like, so I had to paint it all out, adding to the sloppiness).
  • A better attempt, although I can't see Long Jean's eyes.
  • A test print to compare which contrast would look better on transparency (three guesses for which one ended up being chosen).
  • The finished work. He was a rather orange-brownish dog to begin with, which is why I wanted to paint him orange.
  • A few of the underpainted canvas panels waiting to dry.
  • Ta-da, the finished samples of batch 1 :)