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Avoid the Roid! (The Blistering Lava-Roid) cut and torn paper art by Patrick Gannon, photosize: 7 7/8 x 11 7/8″ (and more than 1/2″ thick)
medium: cut and torn paper on wood

I usually don’t think to snap photos of anything I make, so I’m awful glad that Kevin Conn made a special request to see more of Lava-Roid.

When I can, I like to continue the art around the edges of the “canvas” (y’know, the chunk o’ wood). I was having so much fun drawing the flame, it goes all the way around onto the back where it morphs into the kind of design you’d see on a 80′s Firebird Trans Am. I wanted to keep it sticking straight up, but there’s no way it would have survived more than 5 minutes in my studio.

Avoid the Roid! (The Blistering Lava-Roid) cut and torn paper art by Patrick Gannon, photoAbove is an extreme close-up. What LR lacks in layers, he makes up for in strong graphic shapes and eye-searing red. Speaking of shapes, LR’s bean-shaped body was unbelievably fun to draw. Not to mention his hero pose.

Last, we’ve got the top-down view. It’s probably not a surprise that the lava area took the longest to work out. I tried a couple different tricks and a bunch of different papers trying to get the atmospheric effects working on the faded leg and volcano ridge. As usual, in the end the simplest solution worked the best. I just had to find the right color to appear misty.

Avoid the Roid! (The Blistering Lava-Roid) cut and torn paper art by Patrick Gannon, photo

8 comments

  1. emiy’s avatar

    Nice caldera! And the hand flames are just too delicate!!! Fierce!

    1. patrick’s avatar

      I’m a wee bit embarrassed I had to look “caldera” up. Word of the day!

      1. Veronica’s avatar

        Fantastic!! My boyfriend’s brother now lives in Nagoya – another expat ;D

      2. Lynne Chapman’s avatar

        Ha ha! Great title, even better hairdo!

      3. patrick’s avatar

        Thanks Veronica and Lynne! There seem to be more of us expats every day.

      4. Bridget’s avatar

        Great 3D views, great to see the head flame fold over the top of the piece! Makes one want to laugh and do something bold & brave all at once!
        Bridget

      5. alexandra hedberg’s avatar

        wow- I liked it in your last post but seeing it like this is so much better!

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