My set painting adventures for 2019 involved me creating more artwork for Fear at Avon Valley in Bristol as well as Walsall Scare Maze.
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from Walsall scare Maze, however I created castle like brick work for a large area of their House of Heinous attraction which was to represent Dudley castle. It was a large area whhich took two days completion.
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 areas 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.
This particular project was to transform a space and a chair to create a jungle themed birthday party area. Budget and timescale were very limited, so the project had to be completed in one day. I got the client to base coat the walls with a pale green, and to do a base colour of green and brown on the chair to rid it of its icy blue colours, ensuring that I could turn up and just crack on with the detailing. The entire transformation was completed in 8 hours. In an ideal world I would have loved a minimum extra half day to really refine areas, but sometimes it just isn't possible and you really just have to focus on overall impact and speed.
Working for Unlocked Vision Entertainment
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.