There's some kind of energy that flows from this piece that I really grab hold of. Painting Simon Lee's sculpture work just feels so right. The man is magical. This is my second pass at a Gray Skull bust. This piece was painted for a friend who requested that I finish it in the same manner as the one I painted several years ago. I had just started to really get into Wayne Barlowe's "Inferno" works when Simon released this piece, and one of his paintings titled, "Examination" really inspired me with the paint application on these two busts. The colors and also the fact that there seems to be a relationship between Simon's sculpture and some of the forms that Wayne painted in that piece.
The base was made using wood and epoxy putty, and I ended up painting it a bit differently than the previous, which I think this version looks much nicer. That and the symbol on the back of the bust was painted a dirty gold rather than the purple toned one of the original. I also wanted to do something different with the eyes. I painted them a deep crimson, but after looking at it for a while I decided to stick with the icy, cold blueish tone which I had done previously.
I still have another casting here somewhere and one day I'll get to it and it will be something entirely different. In the meantime, Enjoy: