Since aliens and robots are some of the coolest creatures ever to grace our imaginations, we decided to pay tribute to them by making formal alien and robot portrait paintings. Can’t you just see a museum wing dedicated to showcasing the most important of all aliens and robots- complete with gaudy gilded frames?
Prepare your wooden plaques by giving them 2 coats of gesso, letting them dry completely in between coats. Can you tell I have a Starbucks addiction?
Using pencil, draw your best robots and aliens on top of the dried gesso. Traditional portraits usually stop at around the chest of the subject.
Go over the pencil lines with black permanent marker or black paint applied with a thin paintbrush. Fill in your drawings with your choice of colors and admire your handiwork! We painted around the edges of the plaques to give them the feeling of being framed.
For hanging purposes: Have a parent drill a 1/2″ hole in the back toward the top of the plaque and hang it right on a screw or nail. Or…. use those fancy little 3M thingies: