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S.P.X. Rocks! Now with more Owly! :) [Sep. 23rd, 2008 | 09:29 pm]
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Hey Everybody. My wonderful SPX friends asked me to paint a guitar to help them raise money for the CBLDF, and so I did! Here it is. :) It has affectionately been named the Owly-Caster™ and it will be auctioned at SPX with all funds going to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. You can read more on Karon's post.

It was fun to paint, but rest-assured this is a one-of-a-kind item. It took me almost 2 weeks to paint it (off and on because it took so long to dry) using acrylic glazes to give it it's unique appearance. The guitar itself is meant to be an art piece and it could just hang on the wall and look pretty, but it's also a fully functioning electric guitar, lovingly assembled by Mr. Greg Bennett of Big Planet Comics in Bethesda, MD, one of THE best comic stores in the country.


Everything always starts with a sketch and here was mine for the guitar. I originally planned on only painting the bottom section and fading it out everywhere else.



I've never painted a guitar before and was unsure what to use to paint it with. I didn't want it to look like a big painting. I was going for something more delicate. At first I tried regular ink but it was no use. The entire guitar was actuyally coated with polyurethane so it was almost like painting on glass.... which made it very diffcult. I sketched the design on the guitar and then used liquid acrylics (Thanks Jeremy). Liquid Acrylics were too runny to get the coverage I wanted for Owly's eyes so I used regular acrylics.



Soon I had the entire image painted out. Because the whole thing would have translucent glazes there was no room for mess-ups or mistakes with the black lines. The design looked a little bottom-heavy so I added a few birdies going up the side.



Then I started to glaze the guitar. I started using watercolors but the pigment would just wipe away. I had to slowly build the colors with watered down layers of liquid acrylics. I added highlights to all of the animals to make them pop.





I also painted the back and sides at this point. I went with the translucent glaze approach I used before and blended everything together. This part was extremely difficult. The three-dimensionality of this process added a certain complexity that I should have been prepared for, but I hadn't seen since I used to paint models as a product designer in my previous life.... and I left that job for a reason. ;)



I also added a bit more complexity to Owly's color at this point because he was looking a little drab. He almost glows, now. :) It's now on a towel to protect the newly painted back... and a couple of coats of polyurethane finished it off (to make it last). :)



And here is the final product. I'm incredibly happy with the way it turned out! :D Hope you like it too!

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[User Picture]From: syntart
2008-09-24 02:41 am (UTC)

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Beautiful. You know, I've been meaning to graduate from Guitar Hero to a regular guitar. Maybe now's the time! ;)
[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-09-24 05:41 am (UTC)

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Well, I tried to make it special. :)
[User Picture]From: debbiehuey
2008-09-24 02:48 am (UTC)

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Nice! I love the treatment you did...not too over the top and very classy!
[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-09-24 05:42 am (UTC)

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Thanks, Debbie!
[User Picture]From: mundungus42
2008-09-24 02:51 am (UTC)

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*falls over from the awesomeness*

Y'know, Mr. 42 and I are, apart from being huge Owly fans, also competent guitarists who currently do not own an electric guitar...

*raids household budget*
[User Picture]From: yaytime
2008-09-24 03:08 am (UTC)

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ROCK!!!
[User Picture]From: jou
2008-09-24 03:12 am (UTC)

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That's gorgeous!!!
[User Picture]From: allenec
2008-09-24 04:42 am (UTC)

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wow!! That looks great! I should get you to do my violin.. haha

[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-09-24 05:39 am (UTC)

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I'm not sure they'd allow that in the orchestra, would they? Besides... that would be too much pressure. Maybe a small tattoo... that's all. ;)
[User Picture]From: allenec
2008-09-24 02:40 pm (UTC)

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haha, that's true! a person's skin has a shorter lifespan than a violin does!
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2008-09-24 08:23 pm (UTC)

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gross
[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-09-24 08:30 pm (UTC)

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I actually meant a little one on the violin.. but I suppose that would affect it's "value."
[User Picture]From: music_slut
2008-09-24 07:22 am (UTC)

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Dude, that is fucking sweet.*


* - that is correct. It is so sweet I had to swear.
[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-09-24 07:58 am (UTC)

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Dude, you always swear!? ;) Thanks, man.
[User Picture]From: rebecoming
2008-09-24 11:20 am (UTC)

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I love it!
[User Picture]From: tobycraig
2008-09-24 11:56 am (UTC)

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That's really great awesome super.
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2008-09-24 12:00 pm (UTC)

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That is the cutest guitar ever! I like how it's super-cute on the front, but almost looks like flames on the back. :0
[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-09-24 08:22 pm (UTC)

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It's got a bit of an edge to it is all! ;)
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2008-09-24 08:22 pm (UTC)

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EXTREME!!
[User Picture]From: gummibaehr
2008-09-24 12:24 pm (UTC)

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Oh my gosh! I would actually make a serious attempt to learn guitar if I had a guitar like this! I'm musically challenged, but I think Owly and friends would help me out! Hee! :D
[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-09-24 08:21 pm (UTC)

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Aw, thanks! It can certainly get frustrating, but they would always be there for encouragement. :D

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[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-09-24 08:23 pm (UTC)

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Thanks, dude! You should do one. Surely your guys would look even better on a guitar. It'd be the perfect fit!
[User Picture]From: gregmce
2008-09-24 01:54 pm (UTC)

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I actually want to learn how to play the guitar so I could rock out with this!
[User Picture]From: vilepanda
2008-09-24 02:03 pm (UTC)

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Sweeeeeet!
[User Picture]From: nekoneko
2008-09-24 02:16 pm (UTC)

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So precious!
[User Picture]From: savageknight
2008-09-24 02:47 pm (UTC)

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Wow that's really beautiful!! Thanks for the photo process!!
[User Picture]From: arlecchinakitty
2008-09-24 03:08 pm (UTC)

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Wonderful work!
[User Picture]From: alisa5179
2008-09-24 03:48 pm (UTC)

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Fantastic! I've never seen a custom guitar that was nearly this awesome.
[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-09-24 08:23 pm (UTC)

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Aw, you're too kind! :)
[User Picture]From: spacesamurai
2008-09-24 09:31 pm (UTC)

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I loved looking at the pictures of the process to make the guitar! This is awesome!
[User Picture]From: comicboysrock
2008-09-24 11:18 pm (UTC)

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Andy that is fantastic! Is it going to be at SPX? I can't wait to see it and you!! : )
[User Picture]From: lamenta3
2008-09-25 02:17 am (UTC)

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Holy wow...
You always seem to do such an awesome job on things. Wish I had the money to go to SPX and bid on it. :)
[User Picture]From: chefmongoose
2008-09-25 06:24 am (UTC)

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Quite a guitar indeed! So cute.