The next step in all this shit is to cut out the backing board and mount the surface image. I use a 1/4" binder's board called davey board as a mounting surface cause it's wicked dense and works well with glues. The downside of this stuff it's so dense that you have to go all Hulk on it when you cut out the shape.... soooo my wrist and fingers have been killing me from all the curves.
Here's the boards cut out (along with the surface image). Takes about 5 hours to cut out that ish. You can see now that the boards are in two pieces to add a physical depth to the image.
I like my gluestick as I like my purple stuff.... purple. That's cause I'm gluing such a large surface area that it's easy for certain areas to dry out before you've hit the entire surface. The purple stick dries clear so you can see if you have dry areas with a quick glance. I use gluestick to mount btw cause it's low moisture (to prevent curling), it's repositionable while wet, and easy to clean up (important for an apt kitchen/studio).
After making a sketch on the photoshoppe I print it out onto acetate and use my overhead projector to scale it up to the size I want. The projector is another of my favorite tools; I lucked out to have one that has a bulb that staples still sells.
Some people may say, "Hey you're just tracing... if you were a real artist, you would like, freehand draw that, cause like, anybod-" and I tell them to shut up and that they don't know what they're talking about. Tracing is faster and achieves the same results. I went to art school.
When I trace freehand draw the image, I usually do it in several pieces (two in this painting).
One reason is that the paper is only so big and I can fit the whole thing, and the other is that you can achieve different relief effects of awesome when you mount the paper to the backing board. So that certain parts of the painting have a literal depth in addition to any illusionistic depth I may (or may not) add.
After the image is all traced freehand drawn, I cut it out to the final shape, so that I can freehanddraw trace the outline onto the backing board which then has to be cut out before the image is mounted.
Here's the raw image all cut out and stuff. As you can see it lacks paint and depth. I will remedy this soon. Smel u l8r. lul.