That’s a good name, don’t you think? Credit Joaquin Palacios for the dwarfy moniker, and more importantly this classic, characterful dwarf bust.
Talk about a fun project. I set out to achieve a more cartoony, graphic quality than I usually aim for. I thought the bust allowed for that interpretation, without forcing me away from some of the more painterly tendencies I’ve worked to develop over the last year or so.
To realize the more illustrative look I knew I wanted that really saturated beard, but I also tried to pick out all the various little shapes with crisp paintwork and hard contrasting edges.
I painted this piece over the last few weeks. It took a little while because there are many independent elements within what seems a simple model.
I’m definitely eager to explore this creative direction further. I’m interested in finding a way to reconcile my various influences and ideas on models that pack a visual punch. I’d love to hear what you think of old Grunt in the comments below!