Sunday, October 23, 2011

Chewy Van Gogh

Chewbacca is the star of my latest painting:

a painting of Chewbacca

"Chewy Van Gogh", 2011

20" x 24", oil on canvas

I based this portrait of Star Wars' Chewbacca on Van Gogh's "Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin". At least the background of flowery wallpaper is based on one of Van Gogh's many portraits of his beloved postman. It would've been too much for me to try to paint the whole painting like Van Gogh, but I did try to loosen up and paint in a more expressive style. I painted quickly, and the whole effect for me is a painting that is "unfinished". But I am resisting the urge to embellish it any further. Below is the portrait of Joseph Roulin that inspired my Wookiee portrait.

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