Sunday, March 30, 2008

Opera Oils

Illustrations for the Boston Lyric Opera, 2008-09 season! A really fun set of paintings to work on.
The above image is for the opera "Rusalka," A predecessor of "The little Mermaid." although I don't know which came first, the opera, or Has Christian Andersen's story. Either way, I believe it began as a Russian folk tale.

This one is for "Les contes d'Hoffmann," or "The Tales of Hoffman"

The above image is for "Don Giovanni," as is the image below. The painting below was mostly complete when the needs of the Boston Lyric Opera suddenly changed and a new painting was required. They're only using the one above, but you get to see both.

Above is the cover for the season brochure.
Below are some sketches and color studies leading up to the final oil paintings.


  1. Super stuff Bob! Don Juan hits every one of my weak spots. You're a terrible man. :)

  2. Bob, super-fab awesome! So much fun to see more illustrations from you, the have such a fun spirit.

    way to destroy!

  3. really cool designs. the process stuff is great to see.

  4. Wow, Nice work! Very expressive.

  5. Beautiful work! Your colors are wonderful, and I love your graphic and gestural strokes.