Danger's Art Pad

Danger's Art Pad

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Head Paintings #3 Rondo

This week's Sunday Head Painting is of everybody's favorite Creeper, Rondo Hatton. He acted in a few suspense movies for Universal in the 30's, but most of you looking at this would probably recognize his likeness from the Rocketeer. When Dave Stevens drew the Rocketeer comic, he made one of the villains Rondo, just like he made himself the Rocketeer  and Betty Page his girlfriend. When the movie was made in the early 90's, the character was recreated by making up another actor to look like the long-dead Rondo. So if you remember the "Where is the rockeht?!" scene from the Rocketeer film, you've sort of seen Rondo Hatton. Acromegaly, the same disorder that made Andre the Giant giant, is what gave the originally smooth featured Rondo his garish looks. Anyway, here's the painting. It's the smallest of the three Sunday Heads so far, which was a mistake, because it used the largest and by far most craggy and detail-laden of the three heads as reference. The actual size of the painting is about that of a HotWheels car. I'm still pretty happy with it as an hour acrylic sketch. Tune in next week for the next exciting installment.

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