A Personal Spin on an Old Favorite
Not much time today but I wanted give an update on (or introduce you to) one of my personal projects, turned anticipated assignment, a dark re-imagining of The Jungle Book. The image you see here was one of my first digital painting assignments. The goal was to do an animal in Photoshop or Corel Painter. This was executed entirely in Photoshop and is no doubt responsible for my couple of year-long fascination with digital rendering.
Absolutely, while the “King of the Swingers” was not originally in The Jungle Book, he’s definitely my favorite Disney addition to original story. While the monkeys are without law and without order, it is inevitable a king, a master of mischief, will eventually rise.
Here are a few sketches I’m working with. The final output will be oil on canvas. When this project is finished I’ll have at least four paintings. I’ve decided on Bagheera and Baloo (probably together), Mowgli and the wolves, Hathi (the elephant general) and of course Shere Khan.
I doubt I’ll be redoing King Louie in oils due to time constraints. But who knows?
Throughout the course of the term I’ll try to post my progress. I’m open to any suggestions and any feedback is most sincerely welcome.
– J. Hall