Stranger Things

I recently finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix. Yes, I binge-watched it. What other way is there to watch a show on Netflix?

I really enjoyed it. Before I watched it, I had a feeling I would enjoy it, from what I heard about it. And I also thought it would possibly be something awesome to draw in a “pop culture” kind of way.

Around the same time I finished the first season’s episodes, I found my gouache paint. We have been painting models for Pathfinder, a campaign-style role playing game we’re going to play this winter, and all of that painting really made me want to paint more. Specifically, I wanted to revisit gouache. So I broke out the paint tubes, some watercolor paper, and after some quick character sketching for Stranger Things, I painted Eleven on a waffle. If you haven’t seen the show and you like sci-fi and scary stuff…and the 80s…I highly recommend it. It’s kind of Goonies meets E.T. meets Stand By Me. You probably have to have seen the show to understand the drawings below.

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Pretty fun, and a nice way to get back into painting. I would like to do all of the characters. Next, Barb. Have you seen Barb?

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I haven’t decided how I’m going to feature Mike, Lucas, Will and Dustin yet. Or if I’ll do Nancy, Jonathan, Joyce and Hopper. Or any others, for that matter. But I at least would like to do the kids. I also decided that these would be better for any products as vector art. I am still going to start with paintings of them each…but am currently in the process of making them vector as well.

It’s been hard to balance painting and working the day job…but with winter coming and less yard work / outside things to do, I’m hopeful my evenings can be spent with my paints.