Saturday, November 19, 2011

Paint Elevations

Now, please make allowances, Dear Reader.  This image is a translation from a PDF of a scan of the original acrylic paint, colored pencil, and photocopied original (and who knows what your monitor is doing to it!).  But under all that distortion is an example of a set designer's paint elevation to instruct the scenic painter.  In this case, it's a black and white and mostly gray rendering for Pegasus Theatre's B&W show, The Frequency of Death.

Not only have I been drafting and designing in absentia, but painting too.  Splashy fun!  Trying not to get paint on someone else's carpet and walls.  (Oops - just scratched a fleck of gray off a window blind.  Ahem.)

The Frequency of Death, Pegasus Theatre, set design copyrighted Clare Floyd DeVries 2011

The fastest way to do a paint elevation is to photocopy a drawing, then tint it.  1/2" = 1'-0" scale is the smallest you'd want to bother with.  This is a simple version, just meant as a painter's go-by - knowing that I'll be around to talk with the painter - but paint renderings can be works of art in their own right.

BTW  Seven in One Blow opened last night!  Fun for the whole family!  Circle Theatre, Fort Worth.  Spend the day in Cowtown and see a holiday show!

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