Troy DeRose Plays Nice in Colorado Springs

Playing Nice by Troy DeRose

Troy DeRose is a local Colorado Springs painter and graphic designer. Liz and I LOVE his work and are thrilled to feature an interview with Troy.

Definitely check out what Troy says about “limits” in question 3, and see some more great photos of his work after the break.

-J

Playing Nice by Troy DeRose
Playing Nice by Troy DeRose

1.) Tell us something about your process of creating your paintings:

My process is typically the first thing people ask me about when they first encounter my work. I will attempt to describe it as best I can without getting into all the intricate steps that are involved. Basically my art begins on the computer where I manipulate found photos and design the piece in Photoshop. Once the piece is designed I create templates for the colored underpainting (shapes and text) and a full size print out of the black and white images. I use the templates as a guide to do the underpainting portion and once that is dry I overlay the black and white images to the canvas using a photo transfer technique. After the photo transfer is complete I go back in with charcoal and paint to fill in the images until I feel happy with it.

The Closers by Troy DeRose
The Closers by Troy DeRose
Troy DeRose
Artist and part-time model; Troy DeRose

2.) Who is an inspiration to you? Who influences your work?

I am influenced from two different sides of art, fine art/art history and graphic design/illustration. On the fine art side, when I was studying painting in college I was really inspired by both the Dada and surrealist movements in art. I loved the ways that Dali and Magritte used transparency in their work to let one image turn into another. I am also really Continue reading “Troy DeRose Plays Nice in Colorado Springs”