The Phantom by Gareth Colliton

Oil on canvas

100cm x 150cm

A request I was more than happy to do.


  • Christopher  Raggatt
    Christopher R...over 5 years ago

    Hi Gareth, just saw this one as I tend to go for those 50s pulp fiction looks…maybe he should be called “The Phantom”…give him a bit more importance and a bit more space over his head. She looks a bit vapid, needs to be a bit curvier, slash her skirt up to the crotch for more allure, maybe take off her shoes or give her heels…The skull and the misty background look good

  • Cheers Chris – I suspected it was something to do with her… I’ll have a play with your ideas and see how I go!

    – Gareth Colliton

  • Added a curve or two where I could and it helped! Slashing the skirt wasn’t going to happen unless I asked her to come back and show me her crotch, which just wouldn’t be gentlemanly.

    – Gareth Colliton

  • matthewdunnart
    matthewdunnartover 5 years ago

    I really dig this piece man. I can’t see anything “wrong” with it, but if there’s anything that makes it sit a little strange it might be that the textures on the female are quite smooth and bright compared to the rest of the piece, so you kinda zoom in on her straight away (which is a natural thing to do when there’s a pretty lady in the room). Looks great though :-)

  • Sturstein
    Stursteinover 5 years ago

    I think Matt has a point, but it’s not really a problem, and since it’s a pretty major alteration I wouldn’t worry about it. Everything that looks slightly off to me is in the lower half of the painting; if you cover it up and the weirdness goes away.

    The most noticeable thing is her legs and skirt. They look rather flat, and the skirt doesn’t hang correctly below her knees. If I were to really nitpick I’d say The Phantom’s right knee looks a little off (just needs a little more modeling) and the gun doesn’t sit right in his hand. And now that I think about it, the lettering could stand to be bolder; it looks a little weak at the moment. If I remember correctly, The Phantom logo is super bold.

    Sorry to dump all this on you, but you asked ;)
    It’s a really neat piece. If you can work out the kinks it should be stellar!

  • Awesome! We need a forum like this open all the time! Don’t know if you guys get the same problem, but I find the last stages of a painting to be the hardest. The textural problem isn’t as pronounced in the flesh – the camera boosted the contrast somewhat there. The font could definitely be bolder – I tried to get by after running out of spectrum red too, which doesn’t help. The gun does look a bit limp, but stuffed if I’m redoing that by tomorrow. And her dress does suck, you’re right. It was some weird dress the model (Sandi again) was wearing… I think I’ll just make it a long one and cover the bloody legs! That should stop your eye from wandering down there and remain focused on the important stuff. Thanks guys!

    – Gareth Colliton

  • Sturstein
    Stursteinover 5 years ago

    LOL, yeah, running out of paint does tend to be problematic. If you’ve got a deadline, then yeah, lengthening the dress is your best bet. And as you say, that should prevent the eye from wandering down into that corner; and off the page!

    Image capture is always a problem with traditional media. In that respect I envy the folk who work entirely digital.

    I always find beginning a painting is the hardest part. Facing that blank canvas, and then struggling to make something of the mess you start with. The early stages of a painting often make me want to give up on a piece. But then, I am an impatient bastard.

  • Well, there we go. I finished it and it went into the client’s car still very wet. I think the advice from you guys really helped. The image here is still a bit lighter than the original and to me it looks a bit weird in places in small scale – the original isn’t too far off being life sized.

    Interesting that you find the initial stages the hardest! I do often think that the canvas looked better before I touched it, but usually I can’t wait to start making a mess. The difficulty at the end is sometimes to do with small changes that affect balance, sometimes to do with getting rid of bits that you’re proud of but don’t fit the picture (his gun hand here is a good example – I’m sure the painting would be better if the gun faced out, but I was so happy with the initial painting of it that I left it) and sometimes it just doesn’t come together!

    – Gareth Colliton

  • Sandi Williams
    Sandi Williamsabout 4 years ago

    It was a rather strange skirt that I was wearing, I promise to wear something less strange next time!
    Or more strange but less awkward to paint.

  • Ha, it’s true! And about time we collaborated again…

    – Gareth Colliton

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