Boilermaker 15K - Hall Of Fame Weekend Poster
During the second weekend in July, Utica, NY hosts two of the great events on the American distance running calendar, the Boilermaker 15K Road Race and the annual National Distance Running Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
I was commissioned to paint the poster that celebrates both events. This year Jim Ryun, Mary Decker Slaney and George Young are being inducted so I will paint their portraits, along with two scenes from the race, with special focus on the finish line.
When it's complete this will be a full color painting.
The Base Drawing - May 15, 2003
My design will be a montage of images, including a view of the leaders running through the golf course section of the Boilermaker race course in the background, the three portraits and the winner breaking the tape.
My line drawing is not sketchy, but very accurate as it will be the basis for the everything else that is done. I like to start with a tight, realistic drawing and then loosen up as I paint over it, adding gesture and blurred color as I complete it.
The lines will eventually be erased after I block in the color with an airbrush and Dr. Martin's dyes. The dyes are the consistency of watercolor.
Airbrushing causes the colors to blend together, so to keep clean, distinct fleshtones I mask off all skin areas with transparent tape. I trim the tape with an Exacto knife, tracing the line drawing of an arm, for example. I spray the color into the background then remove the tape and spray the fleshtones last.
- In Detail May 17- 20, 2003
The Finishing Painting
- May 27, 2003
Here's the completed painting. I've run the race twice now and I think two memorable parts of the race are running through the golf course and the finish line. You won't forget either one! I added a suggestion of the lanes of a track behind the three inductees in the painting to establish that they are in a different environment than the rest of the image. The final step is to spray the painting with workable fixative to "lock in" the color.
The finished poster will be available at the Boilermaker 15K race expo and at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
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