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This is my second project that is based entirely on computer clipart (see sources below). Due to the mainly dark colors of the objects involved, I was able to use a non-white canvas. In fact, the beige matches the color of sand and skin and it reminds me of ancient excavation sites.
The idea of the fastfood menu (combining Greek traditional cuisine with modern American way of eating) came only late in the project. At first I just wanted to paint a large, richly ornamented tree on the back of the shirt, having in mind a family tree. When I finally had the idea, everything fit into it: The birds on the front representing various chicken meals, the people on the back depicting waiters who enumerate the meals and their prices.

date Nov 1999
time 12 days
object beige cotton shirt
technique brushsketch


With this non-white (i.e. non-transparent) background, I once again used the iron-on transfer pen to copy a sketch to the shirt. I started with the treetop's branches. Then I freehandedly added the leaves and other decorations.
I did not sketched the Greek texts in its entirety. Instead, I punched little holes through a printout at distinctive places of each letter. Then I put the paper on the cotton and pierced an ink pen through the holes. Now, I had a rough sketch of the outer limits of each letter, which avoids painting ever larger letters or changing the spacing between single letters.
To create the weather-beaten stone balloons, I first painted the outlines and contained Greek text. Then, using strongly thinned paint, I applied grey and brown strokes. I diluted these colors with spirit instead of water to avoid runny colors (spirit evaporates much faster than water).


Source Greek


Greek front.overview
Greek back.overview


Greek back.closeup
Greek Chicken.closeup
Greek Chicken 2.closeup

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