My set painting adventures for 2019 involved me creating more artwork for Fear at Avon Valley in Bristol.
At Fear at Avon Valley over the space of around 9 nine days I put my stamp on multiple attractions. Alongside just some touch ups to the previous years House fo Clowns, I also went in and made some UV additions to their popular maze X4. We wanted to give a more chaotic and alien like feel once everything really 'kicked off' and amped up within the maze. The area covered was two large rooms and three corridor areas. I painted large are
as with UV paint to create alien like tentacles bursting through the walls. In show mode these were lit under UV strobes which would give the feel that they were moving. These additions really helped the visual impact of the attraction which was picked up on in numerous reviews.
The other main focus during my time at Fear this year was working on Phobia which had gone through a complete transformation. My first job was to extend my forest area from 2018 as this room increased dramatically in size. Alongside this a new room was painted where the 'phobia' was that of being underwater. A seabed and reeds were painted because we wanted to create the feel that the guests were walking along the ocean floor. In show mode, a ripple light effect was used in this room to really create the movement needed to make this room feel authentic.
I based out my designs by hand, first sketching with white emulsion before painting the UV bases and then detailing with airbrush. The maze was a UV maze, however UV lighting wasn't available to work under, so all the pieces had to be painted in daylight in the hope that all would be well once the UV lights were switched on. (Thankfully, everything worked well!) Everything painted was UV except the final clown faces for the finale.
This was my first time painting tree's on such a large scale so was a great learning experience as I figured out the quickest techniques with the most effective results as I went along. I love the thrill of having to think on the spot and working out how I am going to do things in the moment.This room was completed in one and a half days and was painted all by hand without my airbrush.