St. Pennybags - The patron saint of games

St. Pennybags is the 'old man' character from the game Monopoly, often called Rich Uncle Penny Bags, he essentially was the main character I thought of when doing the piece, which was for the entry to the Illustrators Assoc. 9x5 exhibition 'Playtime'. The latin translation which is shown as Sanctus Dives Patruus Denarium Sacculos - Holy Rich Uncle Money Bags is depicted subtly on the edges. So the idea was to combine all the old games visually into an old greek icon style theme. The parody was to have a some fun and in away and make him the 'king' of games - someone to pray to, when your losing your game! The games represented are obviously Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Darts, Snakes & Ladders, Backgammon, Chess, Scrabble & Cards (Dice). I left Checkers as being more symbolic in the circle of Trivial Pursuit & Darts, as I didn't want to over load the image. The working process is shown below and the final image is here.

Initial rough and colours.


Initial rough and colours.

Tracing the design onto the board.


Tracing the design onto the board.

Initial laying down of colour after underpainting.


Initial laying down of colour after underpainting.

Applying the gouache.


Applying the gouache.