Randy Savage: Funky Like a MonkeySchamberger Labs
Ink and acrylic on bristol board
Artwork by Rob Schamberger
Printed on 11" x 14" 130 pound uncoated cover stock, perfect for framing!
Sometimes I have a technique or approach in mind and I pick a subject that will match it, and other times it's, "Hey, I want to do a new Randy Savage, how am I going to make that work?" That was the case this time around.
My initial thing was "Bright colors for the outfit, black and white for the face." Instead of other ways I've approached that, such as grey watercolors or mixing spray paint with white acrylic paint, I thought I'd use a more illustrative technique. I recently re-read the early Alan Moore Swamp Thing stuff, gorgeously drawn by John Totleben and Steven Bissette, so their way of using linework to build up value was top of mind for me.
I think that technique brings out something I really wanted to get across, which is that while Macho Man's outlandish outfits are what you notice first, the hyper-detailed linework of the face gets across how complicated the man himself was.
I'm trying to be more conscious of every decision I make on a piece and how those elements all come together to tell a story and my hope is that's coming through on your end. If not, when you read my musings on my decisions can give you an even deeper enjoyment of the work.
That or you just like looking at the dang things.