Jeff Soto's Game of Thrones
Great television shows spark cultural conversations and relevance that create lasting impacts in our society from The Sopranos to the now cultural phenomenon, Game of Thrones. To celebrate the show’s final season, artist Jeff Soto was among the eighteen talented artists chosen by HBO and given the task of interpreting one of the official show props. Given his experience painting on different canvases, Jeff was excited to elevate his work with the personal passion he felt for the project. “I've painted on shoes, cars, bottles, and all sorts of things, but this one was very special because I am a big Game of Thrones fan!” explained Jeff, “I’ve watched the series twice, and, in fact, my whole family watches it. My brother has read all the books!”
Each piece holds its own significant relevance to the show’s history and plot, so it was important for the artists to understand and maintain that integrity in their re-creations. “I am a painter, so I didn’t want to physically transform the prop so much as breathe new light into the existing shapes using color. I used acrylic spray paint and brush paints. I focused on rich, saturated colors that were the opposite of dusty old bones.”
After Jeff spent time considering the brief and working out the concept for the dragon skull, the entire process took about a week to complete. The artist started by spray painting the entire skull to give the piece an underpainting base before working on the detail. He completed the painting in stages to allow time to let the piece dry while carefully following the shapes and forms of the skull. In Jeff’s version, his signature use of color shines a striking contrast to the original.
Each of the eighteen pieces were unveiled this week, in celebration of the building anticipation for the upcoming final season. Viewers of the show and fans of the art are encouraged to create their own depictions of the props using the hashtag #ForTheThrone for a chance to be featured in the campaign. The project comes highly recommended. “Painting on a dimensional object can be a bit of a challenge” explains Jeff, “but overall, it was a really fun experience working on this piece.”