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July 07, 2020
I was playing (I mean…designing a composition) with my Frankenstein figure holding a donut over his head. Sometimes, I have the title first, other times, the objects or painting inspires the title. It actually took me some time to come up with the title. I was thinking along the lines of “Keep Away” and “It’s all Mine” but when I thought of “Over My Dead Body,” and since Frank is made of dead body parts, it was the obvious winner!
The composition is really quite simple, with just the monster and donut. However, it’s the shadows that add the drama and complete the story. Lighting from below created the large shadow of Frankenstein and his donut, and the ‘angry mob” exists only as shadows. While there’s a lot going on in this story, there’s really only two actual objects in the piece.
Another aspect of this image that adds to the drama is the palette used. When I depict more modern toys made out of plastic, I use the brighter, more synthetic colors, as with the vibrant orange and yellow tones in the background, and primary colors in the monster as you see here.
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July 07, 2020
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