The Process

 

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Elvira will be SO EXCITED when she sees this!!! (I hope!!!)

 

I’ve been a fan of ELVIRA since I laid eyes on her.  Besides her incredible look, I’ve always loved her tongue-in-cheek humor.  It’s filled with snappy comebacks, innuendo and physical comedy.  Even as a little gay boy, I couldn’t get enough boob jokes.  I watched her first movie “Elvira Mistress of the Dark” many many times.  I still quote it without thinking in everyday conversation.

When I decided to do a portrait, I wanted an image like the one above, that would capture the humor.  However, the image I choose was just too spectacular.  It’s so striking and magical.   The excited Elvira above will get a portrait soon.

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After selecting the image and size I will do it, I start laying out some pieces to hold the baseplates together and structuring the main face shapes.  I like to start with the lips.

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My Color Palette with the smallest piece available in each color.

 

I use the original image a lot and draw squares on it when I fill in areas.  This gives me reference for where I am later, because it’s easy to get lost.

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I love that eye!!

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I sent this to my friend and fellow fan Richard.  He knew who it was already, so that was a good sign.  If I can’t recognize it by this phase, I start over.

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Between these two images is a period much longer than one would think.

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My work area is fairly organized.  Sorting LEGO pieces by color and size makes it easier to find parts, but it’s not a fun job.

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This looks done, but it’s not.  I ran out of Pink and Purple pieces and am waiting for a shipment.  You will have to check out the final image when i post it.

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