This painting is the result of my participation in the "Arting Spirit" competition, as part of Polymanga 2012 convention, held in Lausanne, Switzerland. 28 illustrators worked for 22 hours on the subject "20 Minutes".
I first though about the name of that free newspaper called "20 minutes" that I used to browse during one of those boring train travels between Bordeaux and Paris, which inspired this setup to me.
I imagined this character, dressed in a busied man's suit, who arrives in a train station to catch the next departure in 20 minutes, but finds an abandoned scene instead. Two different timescales meet in this painting, the one after which we run, and the one that inexorably flows by.
Technically speaking, I applied the same process that I used previously in those speed painting sessions: underpainting with acrylics the first day, followed by a layer of oil paint on the second day.
The painting made it to the 4th place of the competition. Although it didn't win anything, it found a buyer before it was dry, and a nice home place in switzerland.
details here: [link]