A few weeks ago this painting started as sketch.

The intention was always to turn it into a painting and I made a color comp which I am showing you guys for the first time.

The color comp gave me a rough idea of how I wanted the final painting to look, but it had some good things going for it. One of the things that bugged me was that I thought the sky was too blue and the lighting didn’t convey the warmth of the desert.

The mostly completed painting you see as today’s sketch of the day corrected for some of these deficits and while it is not quite done, I thought you guys might want in on this super secret stealth painting mission. I still need to add in the bats and bring the render up in a few places, but all in all I am pleased with the state of the painting.

The faithful Simian Nation might notice that the hitchhiker in the background is not quite the same as my most recent hitchhiker character design.

The original sketch was completed before I had really hammered out the character design so I was kind of locked in. I am also not sure to what extent my future character designs of Dr. Gonzo and Raoul Duke will resemble the characters in this painting so I guess between you and I we can pretend that we are in a parallel Gonzo universe.

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