The Art of Ugly: Who is the Witch Doctor?

Ugly's Halloween Witch Dr Shirt is actually based on a character originally depicted in one of the first over-size paintings I every completed.It started as me doodling on the surface of a kind of MDF I have come to like drawing on. There was no plan for the painting, I just drew characters as they came to me while listening to music - just like if I were working in my sketch book but full scale. Sometimes I find working this way to be really freeing - it lets me practice color theory, line work and the design process simultaneously and I find the raw Ideas that come from it to be far more successful than anything I create where I am trying to be conceptual. When I am finished with a piece like this, I will typically rework parts or all of it, creating a separate. More refined image with the same raw ideas that came so fluidly in the first painting. In this case, I released a t-shirt (that glows in the dark! -- Check it out at http://getugly.myshopify.com/products/halloween-special-2015).

I should stress -- I don't do all of my paintings this way. Usually I work rather diligently through the artistic process of thumbnails, roughs and color comps like a "good" little commercial artist should. But now and then, it's a good idea to break the rules and see where it gets you. In the case of this painting, I got a rad-little witch doctor out of the deal.

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