G has been our grim reaper logo for a couple of years now and this year he is being redone. If you have ever seen our haunt t-shirts or looked at our Facebook page you have seen him, you just haven’t known his name.
G came to be March 19, 2011 while I was sitting at the kitchenette in my father’s trailer drawing in a mini notebook sketches of various reapers, taking pictures of them and sending them to my mother for approval only I kept getting “no, childlike and cuter” back from her. Finally the first sketch of G came to be, a short, big eyed reaper with a spider dangling off of the hood on his cloak that seemed too big for him, holding a scythe in his left hand. He was the only reaper that got the green light to go digital.
Instead of sketching him again only this time into Corel Painter, I used a cheater way, I blew up the canvas and laid the little pocket notebook page on top of my pen tablet and just ran my stylus over my “final” sketching lines to copy him. Afterwards, I discarded the piece of paper and started straightening out his lines.
After finalizing the black and white copy with an approval message from my mother, he was saved as "Grim Reaper Black and White.jpg" on my laptop.
Eventually when I added color and saved him separate of his simple black and white line version and we switched primarily to his color version as our logo his file name somehow changed either because I typed "Grim Reaper" too fast or I did something else but for as long as I can remember his file name for his color version has been “G.jpg” thus why his name is G.
Whether an interesting backstory or a boring one, G is now due for a touch up and revamp now that I am better with using Corel Painter. If you look closely at his cloak in the color picture, one can see some grainy parts in his image. I have learned more on how to blend and shade over the years and how to remove the graininess he now possesses. Also, G does have the possibility of getting a background this time instead of just being surrounded by white.
Check back here to see more haunt news and to see G’s progress as he undergoes his updates.