The Showdown Process!

Hello, you guys!

Some of you may have seen the Great Showdowns livestreams before and that is great news if you have.  We did a one most recently at Gallery 1988 Return Of The Great Showdowns exhibition (on display until OCtober 13th) where a live studio audience was on hand to watch the painting of a very special showdown from the film Back To The Future Part 2.  Jeff Yorkes was kind enough to document the day with photos.

Would you like to see what happened?  well, let us journey forth together.

1) Here are the materials laid forth for everyone to see.  Pencils, pens, watercolor paints, brushes, watercolor paper, copy paper, and a plastic bag.  I did not use the pens for anything.  they were just there.


2)  Here i begin to sketch out the dudes in the hoverboard scene.  (earlier in the day, i chose the hoverboard scene and did my RESEARCH, gathering photo reference from the internet. It is all chilling there on a Cintiq, so i can just look at it when the heck ever.)  i am in the process of drawing young biff in this photo right here.


3)  Here is one of the pages of sketches that we scanned in.  not super tight and doesn’t totally look like the people yet, but that’s ok because i can mess with stuff in photoshop later.


4)  And here i am doing those photoshop things.  i’ve cut and pasted all the sketches into one file and am now just moving little bits around, like eyes and ears, so they look a littlemore like the real characters.




5)  When the drawing is solid in photoshop, i printed it out and pulled out my friend Chris’s enormous light board that he let me borrow.  Thing was nuts.  I had to put it on the floor and get kneely with it.  Here i am putting my special homemade cardboard window around the little watercolor paper to it isn’t too bright for my sensitive eyes.



6)  In fact, that monster lightboard was so bright, i had to put other things around it to block out the light, like trash and some weird black zipper case.  Anywho, i traced the drawing right onto the paper there using a 4H pencil because it needed to be a real subtle line.  I don’t want people noticing it later.  The lines.  And it’s still real sloppy looking at this point because i am just going to be painting it again anyway.


7)  Here i start laying in all the colors!  Very lightly.  Pink bat, jackets, shoes, all that…  i bought that paint plate on ebay a million years ago as a part of a whole set of nice plates, that i can’t find anymore.



8)  Check it out.  More colors.  It looks almost ready for the line stage.

9)  Oh wait.  I guess i have more orange to paint on there somewhere.  Who knows where though.  Maybe the board?  I seem pretty into it.  Biff is yelling on the screen there trying to get my attention.


10)  Here is a close up of the paints just before the line stage!  Look at that loosey goosey mess of colors.



11)  Line stage!  My favorite stage.  But also so stressful because this is when it really does need to look like the guys.  Sometimes it is sweet success and other times it is not sweet success.  But almost always, i am very quiet during this stage.  A very tense and suspenseful stage.  The studio audience was sweating.




13) And after a bit more value touch up, we call it done!  A brand new GREAT SHOWDOWN is born.  Cute little Showdown.



That is about it!  Thanks to everyone who came!

If you would like to see this showdown or other like it get painted, you can go to

Ok, thanks!  Talk to you soon!

..scott c

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9 Responses to “The Showdown Process!”

  1. Nic October 1, 2012 - Reply

    That was awesome, thanks!

  2. Greg October 2, 2012 - Reply

    Thank you for the process run down. That is awesome! I always love your work. How are you doing your lines? Is that a watercolor pencil?

    • Greg October 2, 2012 - Reply

      Nevermind, I just watched the livestream. Nicely done sir. Always impressive!

  3. Phil Willis October 4, 2012 - Reply

    Wow. So awesome and so educational.

    It’s awesomcational!

  4. ann ernandez October 4, 2012 - Reply

    i love it when blogs show the creatin process, thanks for the post!

  5. Abram Gordon October 4, 2012 - Reply

    Dude this was an awesome step by step of creating something this original. I must try this because I can freehand draw and do graphic art but painting is my least favorite but you inspire me. Great Job!

  6. Helena Juhasz October 4, 2012 - Reply

    Thank you for the step-by-step breakdown and commentary. It’s very helpful :)

  7. Daniel Levenhagem October 8, 2012 - Reply

    very very cool! i love your work, I’m a big fan of Brazil! Thanks!

  8. Michel October 10, 2012 - Reply

    The colors are simply amazing

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