Painting Process

Painting Process | ESPN Zone NYC in Times Square

 ESPN ZONE final

After three days in Times Square, my ESPN Zone NYC picture has been completed. About a month ago, I was painting Elaine’s on 2nd Avenue, when ESPN Zone’s Marketing Manager stopped by. She inquired about my painting their storefront in honor of ESPN Zone NYC‘s ten year anniversary.

A few emails later, I found myself in the heart of Times Square, recreating everyone’s favorite sports lounge. After the jump, the full painting process. Thank you to everyone who came out to visit over the past few days, including, Erin, Pat, Justin, Rob, Dan, Wendy, Liza, Eegan, Paul for stopping by – as well as Ari and Jim for the nightcap(s). As always, thank you people of, and visitors to, New York City – you make my day 100x better with your conversation.

ESPN Zone

Setting up shop on the Great White Way.

ESPN Zone

Beginning with the green Sharpie, to define the basic compositional elements.

ESPN Zone

A touch of orange means I have found my composition.

ESPN Zone

The basic layout is in place – and here comes the sun.

ESPN Zone

Moving on to the final drafting stage with a black outline.

ESPN Zone

Drawing nearly complete, and I am three iced coffee’s in – thank you for the Grande Mr. Leavy.

ESPN Zone

While the shadows moved wildly throughout the day (as they always do), I decided on a high-noon layout for the sidewalk – far more interesting than static slabs.

ESPN Zone

The sidewalk is playing the blues.

ESPN Zone

Getting into the reflections in the curved window with the same palette from the sidewalk.

ESPN Zone

It was at this point I realized – two day canvas. Additionally, cartoonist extraordinaire Justin gave me some futuristic hockey tape when he stopped by – good ones.

ESPN Zone

Being a true cadmium red fiend, I couldn’t wait to add the Zone.

ESPN Zone

With a derivative orange red, I began to outline the colors in the building in the background.

ESPN Zone

Adding the grey, soon to be silver, awning – window reflections – check.

ESPN Zone

The action going on behind me – you will notice, this would have been a record crowd for me if they were facing the other way.

ESPN Zone

Little brush, biggish canvas, stained tank top, SPF 50.

ESPN Zone

It is always around here the quest to eliminate the white space becomes maddening.

ESPN Zone

As the sun sets, so too does my hope to finish this thing in one day. Thankfully, ESPN Zone provided a delicious late lunch for Erin and I – thank you Susan.

ESPN Zone

Getting in there, trying to get some closure on the top window reflection.

ESPN Zone

Getting detailed, background almost covered.

ESPN Zone

And here is where it ended after day one. Thank you to everyone for the coffees, food, conversation and photographs.

ESPN Zone

Finally, a trip to the Corner Bistro with Ari and Sam for a beer or eight.

ESPN Zone

Day two begins, working towards a white-free canvas, and adding some yellow light on the sidewalk.

ESPN Zone

As I continued to shape the building above the “Fit” sign in the background, it began to bother me – so, yellowish white wash time.

ESPN Zone

Paneling on the storefront and mood-lighting on the marquee.

ESPN Zone

Getting close, but there is much detail to add. The windows are starting to pop – hopefully, one more session.

ESPN ZONE

Day three begins with the flames above the ESPN Zone marquee.

ESPN ZONE

Flames added, metal patterns swirling, reflections reflecting, swatch lights now exist.

ESPN ZONE

Polishing the picture, trying to make little improvements throughout with equal color and highlight distribution.

ESPN ZONE

Bring the stipple back on the neon sign.

ESPN ZONE

And we are finished – the final piece in context with the reality of the scene.

Final

Here it is, ESPN Zone NYC in Times Square. Up next – get this picture to Sportscenter for a mention and shameless promotion – a Holiday Ham to anyone who can make this happen. Let me know.

Comments

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  2. cagney says:

    I just LOVE how you share your process and comments along the way!
    Rockin’ painting!
    You are a true inspiration!

  3. Aaron McCoy says:

    I also enjoy reading the step-by-step process that you post. I haven’t painted in years, and your work is so inspiring that I might just start again.

    Good work!

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  5. Tom Hessel says:

    Ditto on really enjoying your process. I’m sure you have a firm concept of where you’re going when you begin the painting, but it also seems like navigating a boat through uncharted waters to see what you might discover. Whatever, this one really works for me. You’re getting a very strong sense for detail, but still leaving your own mark in every stroke.
    I love it!! Good Luck.

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  8. Borbay, this is amazing to see your process. I think your work is insane. Keep it up my friend!

    Best,

    Jason Phillips

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