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Gary Mackean, The Boy Who Draws Monsters, is the creator of the gremlin webcomic Barnaby and Loaker, Angus the Haggis Slayer and many other characters. Gary is an Edinburgh cartoonist and illustrator and is available for commissions and projects. garymackean@aol.com

Friday, 20 January 2012

Failed Smiley

My first attempt at painting George Smiley from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I stopped it half way through because I didn't think it looked like Gary Oldman very much, if anything it looks more like me wearing glasses. It also wasn't where I wanted to go with it. I had initially planned a sort of semi-caricature painting of Smiley but every sketch resembled Woody Allen. Maybe I should stick to painting dead bunnies....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is my favourite thing you have done. I think it's excellent; the textures are especially good. Also, the way you have left out some details is intriguing and skillful. It's really quite brilliant, Gary. One thing I might change is the colour of the face, I think it would be better as a warmer skin tone and more subtle. I say continue!