I recently visited the 25th year anniversary of Miss Saigon in Londons West End. I knew the songs and everything but never saw the actual performance. After watching it I was completely blown away by the show and talent and was inspired to develop the painting of the two lovers. I tried to express the nature and story of Miss Saigon in the painting and hopefully it shows! I was particularly inspired by the song Sun and Moon. I played the songs as I painted and the reprise was used for painting the female lead and the original version of Sun and Moon and the solo of the lead male ‘Why God why?’ was played when painting Chris (the lead male character.)I’m currently putting together a video of the painting process and I can’t wait to share it with you! :)
A painting of Marvels Yuriko Oyama aka Lady Deathstrike. A woman filled with hatred with the drive to destroy Wolverine. Her father created the bonding process of adamantium and enhanced herself with cyborg and is probably known for her sharp claws. I was inspired by her original gold wrapped costume. I wanted to incorporate her cybernetic look from the Wolverines revenge video game but it didn’t feel right with this outfit.
A painting of Marvels Emma Frost aka The White Queen. The psychic with sex appeal and sass. She was formerly of The villainous Hellfire club, notable for corrupting Jean and the Phoenix. Emma later joined the X-men after a massacre in Genosha and discovering her secondary mutation ; the ability to turn into diamond.
A painting of Marvels Psylocke aka Betsy Braddock. The English lady trapped in a Japanese ninjas body. She is swift and sassy and one of my favourite characters! Known for her trademark purple hair, I lightened it a little and created an ombre affect to her hair. She is known for wearing her purple one piece and wraps and did my own twist on the iconic costume.
A painting of Marvels loveable Southern Bell Rogue, with the ability to absorb memories and abilities through skin to skin contact. She is known for her trademark white streak and gloves. I wanted her to appear like a siren, beautiful and seductive from a distance but deadly when you cross the wrong path. I paid homage to the yellow and green colours Rogue wears in the 90s/80s and gave it a casual twist.
A painting of Marvels first mutant lady Jean Grey, also known as Marvel Girl or the host for the Phoenix force. I wanted her to have wispy hair, creating an illusion of flames to symbolise her power. I’ve created a top that fans out from the neck to represent the wings of the Phoenix spreading out in flight.
A painting of the wind rider Ororo Munroe also known as Storm from the X-men created by Marvel. This is how I vision her ; I dressed her in a caped one piece, a mix of armour and drapery to go with her royal yet warrior personality. I’ve also given her a more feminine look with her controversial mohawk!