Brayden- The Painting of " Brayden
McNabb " - 2009
This is a 22" x 28" acrylic on canvas
painting of Brayden McNabb of the Kootenay Ice, W.H.L.
Copyright by Joe Versikaitis
I had the opportunity to watch
Brayden for a few games when the Ice were in Medicine Hat. His
defensives style is that of Jay Bouwmeester. Tall, slick, fast and
smart with the puck. His stances almost doubled that of
Jay's...really good heads up player that's always orchestrating the
During the warm ups, I watched for a stance and
a pose while taking my pictures of him. I'm sure he was wondering
who the hell I was. It must of seemed to him that every time he went
to Medicine Hat there is this guy taking his picture
I took 75 shots of him. Well 75 shots that were any good that is.
Several of the shots showed Brayden looking at the camera. One shot
it looked like he was thinking I was some kind of freak. I would
only take pictures when ever he would skate by me or was close
enough to me. This way I was sure to get a real good shot or a
better shot of his face and jersey.
Once in my studio, I poured over these photos and
tried to come up with a pose that I was content to use in my
painting. After doing a couple of sketches, I managed to get
four different stances. The one stance I liked the most had his head
turned too far for me to really tell who he was.. I usually like to
see 3/4 of the face at least. The body was facing me but the head
Using Photoshop, I took this one shot of Brayden looking at the
camera, cut out his head portion and pasted it onto
the one where
his body was
Once I have my composition, I then proceed to create
For this painting, I thought of doing something fun.
First of all I created a Facebook account. Within my Facebook wall I
created 9 different albums in which I demonstrated the step by step
process in making a painting like this.
Anybody who wants to be my friend in facebook click here
to get to the album page.
Once your in the page look for
Part #1 - The Painting
of Brayden McNabb - Kootenay Ice - W.H.L. Then follow along until
you go through all the 9 parts... But remember you have to want to
be my friend to view this step by step demo. The painting took 325
hours to complete and 360 step by step photos. Not to mention the
writing of each step and the process of the photos. Yeah a couple of
hours of work...Oh before you start to view my step by step demo,
get some Oreo cookies and a glass of milk....
Brayden signs painting
Brayden McNabb and Joe Versikaitis - March 24,
Photos by Jonas Hrebeniuk
I would like to thank the Kootenay Ice for giving me the permission
to do this project and to the Medicine Hat Tigers for lending me
the equipment to get the detail that wanted. To my
Facebook friends, thank you for letting me intrude onto your
wall when ever I had a couple of step by step pictures
of this work. To my family thanks for the support and
understanding my desire to see this project through.
Thank you - Joe Versikaitis
Photograph of Brayden McNabb used in this painting was taken by
Joe Versikaitis, Medicine Hat, Alberta
All works are under the Canadian
Copyrights Law. Any reproduction in part or whole without the
written consent is strictly prohibited