My friend Mary hosts the amazing Learning for Life Autism Centre Ball in Melbourne every couple of years and I am her completely pathetic committee member who offers to help but then turns out to be useless.
My one contribution was to recommission a couple of outdated roll up advertising banners to do these High Society cast paintings. They’re life size so I hope everyone there got the feeling of being in the movie and had a superb night tonight!
I was very sad not to join in the fun as I had totally overcommitted on two fronts.
The technique (although I should keep this a trade secret!) is to paint over the banner in an acrylic paint – a linen colour is perfect for this sketched style. May need two coats but one sample pot is enough for two banners.
Then I sketched the figures in HB pencil and add highlights with white and shade with black acrylic. Then – the best part – was to cover the fabric and jewellery in lots of gold glitter paint… $4 from spotlight.
Probably best not to paint at 2am if you want to get perfect likenesses – but the glamour works I think and now I have worked out a great way to create some instant bespoke art props for events after struggling with heavy board and cardboard in earlier years.