So happy to finally show off this piece - my homage to the classic arcade game Bubble Bobble - I spent hours upon hours bouncing these little dinosaurs around the screen in all their pixelated glory, frantically popping bubbles & madly collecting jewels and fruit!
I decided a few years ago to paint what it really felt like to us playing this game back then as kids, a bit of an indulgent painting for 'me'
So I set about a heap of research and planning then off I went!
I had a huge amount of fun painting this piece & really enjoyed adding all the little details that I remember from the game.
I've been holding off showing it off as I've been waiting for the stars to align, uh I mean my new website to be finished, good shots finally taken of it, and the prints to be released!!
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After all the detail I thought I may as well go the whole hog - a rare hand carved frame for the original - I individually carved all the little pixels then painstakingly painted it all.
Below are some progress shots I took over the months of work on it, it's hard to show the what goes into all the different layers when creating an oil painting like this, but all of it was a blast!! Definitely one of the most fun paintings I have ever done!
Above is the start of the piece, sketching it in with oils and figuring out the placement based on the initial drawings I did, then starting the black background. Usually I'll tone a canvas or board with an Indian Red wash but with this piece I was just too excited to get started. I spoilt myself and painted it on super quality portrait linen.
In the progress shots above I'm starting to get stuck in to the fun stuff - the Invaders at the top shooting their red lasers down & that terrifying Skel Monsta that appears if you don't wipe out the enemies quick enough (Hurry Up!), then on to the normal "Monsta" - I always thought they looked like purple whales so hey, it's my painting - it's a purple whale!
More detail more monsters, I definitely had to include the clockwork Zen-Chan / Bubble Buster robot - the staple bad guy of almost every level of the game, and those damn ghosts that throw rocks across the screen at you...
Then on to the heroes of the show - Bub and Bob the Dino's!! in their pixelated glory they had red hands and feet, so I naturally assumed it was blood from CRUSHING ALL THOSE ENEMIES!!!
I added a bunch of other stuff - the potion that turns the screen into candies, the umbrella that skips levels, the speed shoes and stop clock..
Ahh so many memories of screaming at the screen "quick quick quick!" with so many friends, we never ceased having fun with this game, doing this piece bought it all back & was so much fun to paint.
I get a real kick out of having the original hanging in my hall, it's odd but this is one of my paintings that I feel most proud of and most connected to (yes, it's for sale if the right price is thrown at me), and I always hear that music in my head every time I walk past it.....
I'll get around to doing more paintings of this nature in the future for sure!!