Artificial Sweet Process Painting

Artificial Sweet Process Painting

Artificial Sweet” was created by actor, writer, and artist Nicholas ”Nicky” Brendon. (“Xander Harris” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ”Kevin Lynch” – Criminal Minds.) The painting is to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on March 10th. (WOW!!! TWENTY-FIVE YEARS!!! Can you believe it?!?!) Nicky was inspired by the talented singing and dancing demon (played by Hinton Battle) from the classic episode “Once More, With Feeling.”

Thought a few of you might be interested in seeing some of Nicky’s painting process and progress photos from the making of ”Artificial Sweet.”

The original painting, autographed photo prints, and a limited edition signed and numbered large canvas print are now available in the shop. Get them while they’re HOT…or they might spontaneously combust!!!

Started with a basic pencil sketch and a first touch of color...
Artificial Sweet painting process pencil sketch

Tested with a few different colors and techniques to add dimension...
Artificial Sweet painting process technique test

Did a first pass but it was too dark & our dancing demon was looking too dour & not mischievous enough...
Artificial Sweet painting process dreary version

Lightened him up a little bit but still a little too dreary...

Took him for a good shower & shave...
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Final product...the original is gone but posters and autographed prints are available!

About the Artist

NICHOLAS ”NICKY” BRENDON is an American actor, writer, and artist who got his big break starring as Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show ran from 1997 to 2003 garnering a huge cult following.

His first major film was the Charles Busch satire Psycho Beach Party (2000). He starred in the ABC Family Channel original movie Celeste in the City (2004). The following year he returned to TV for Kitchen Confidential, based on the book by Anthony Bourdain.

In 2006 he voiced Huntsboy #89 for the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long and reunited with Buffy co-star Charisma Carpenter in the TV movie Relative Chaos. From July 26 to August 30 he co-starred with Noah Wyle in ‘Lobster Alice’ at the Blank Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He then appeared in their annual Young Playwrights Festival and its productions of The Santaland Diaries (Nov-Dec 2009), and ‘Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them’.

In 2007 Brendon began appearing on Criminal Minds as FBI technical analyst Kevin Lynch. In 2010 Brendon began a short arc on ABC’s Private Practice playing Lee McHenry, a mentally disturbed man who assaults Charlotte King. Then in 2014 he played Jackson Lee in the TV series Faking It and was part of a Dark Horse writers’ summit for Buffy comic books. He co-wrote several issues of the series with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Ten, Vol. 1 reaching the New York Times Best Seller List.

Recently Brendon was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the British Horror Film Festival for his role in the movie Redwood. Redwood won Best Thriller at The National Film Awards UK. He also completed filming The Nanny and Dark/Web. Also be sure to check out his latest film Wanton Want!

Beyond the Camera…

In March of 2019, Nicky discovered a passion for painting and continues to add to his photography portfolio.

Nicky’s Shop and Nicky’s RedBubble Store carry merchandise featuring his photos and paintings.

Find prints of his work at his Fine Art America Storefront.

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