• Olly Jordan

Chapter 63 - ArchieVerse - Riverdale - Reached The Endgame - 2019

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

354 hours of painting all in one photo, the whole Riverdale collection - the Pop's Diner series, Additional Character Icons, then the 7 large scale portraits. The portraits alone were 276 hours.

This is probably the largest series of work I have done to date and probably will do for a while. I am so glad that I had this project getting planned in the background while at uni. I was finding all my photo references and coming up with concept ideas casually on off evenings or anytime I could spare. This project kept me going during the time when many of my course mates after finishing the course took a break or just truly stopped creating work. I could have very easily joined them by taking a break, but I have always found that once you up the brush down for a while and let time pass, it can be hard to find the motivation to pick it up again and create artwork.

2020 Reflection

It is great to see the whole collection all together and it was a moment I will always remember, I would just love to see them all framed and up on walls in a gallery. I am currently thinking about designing promotion packs that I could send out to galleries that exhibit pop culture art similar to mine as a way of starting a conversation about exhibiting. Within the pack I would also include the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series and Katy Keene series to make the ArchieVerse Collection, that would be the goal, to have all of them up on the walls. Just take over the whole building. I am considering painting Reggie Mantle and Toni Topaz to add to the Riverdale series as a way to make the collection still current.

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