I redid her face and hair (for the eleventy billionth time) and FINALLY I AM HAPPY WITH IT. Today I put in about 4 hours all told, making good progress all around. Dragon heads and dragon scales are challenging to get beyond the blocked-in stage. Too much detail and it looks weird, too little and, […]
Just an idea that occurred to me as I was heading off to bed. I think I kinda like it, but I’ll see how I feel about it tomorrow 🙂
I spent the evening on her face, and it was totally worth it – I’m so much happier with it now. I love this part of a painting’s progress, where all the basic forms are in and now I get to refine everything, add details, and slowly reveal the finished piece. I had at least […]
I spent about 40 more minutes on it tonight working entirely on the dragon’s head. Dragon heads are hard. The only way I seem to get through them is by looking at lots of artwork of dragons and redrawing the head over and over until it looks decent. Also, for the first time since […]
I quit trying to push it for a week or so and came back to it tonight. It’s not quite where I want it to be, but it’s a helluva lot closer than it was. Try everything – that’s my process at this point. Try bigger/smaller/flipped/brighter/darker/different color palette. Eventually, something stuck.
Perhaps in effort to distance myself from the painting I started yesterday, I started something new today: I definitely like the darker background better. More to come later this week as I attempt to push it from its cartoony base to something a little more realistic looking.
On Saturday I decided to reboot Astrid ’13 (again). This year has just been a struggle to find the right idea for this painting. Below is a series of screwups I’ll probably not return to… Sketch looked okay: Unusual color palette started to look okay: This looks decent in thumbnail but man it’s hard […]
I don’t know why the annual Astrid painting is so much harder than everything else. It’s like nothing’s good enough. I keep rebooting, and I scrap at least one painting along the way that I’d happily take to completion if it were anything else but the annual Astrid. It must be the self-imposed goal that […]
I guess I lied earlier when I said I wasn’t going to come back to this one. I saw it sitting in my recent files list in Photoshop, reopened it, and put another 20 minutes into punching it up. It came a long way in those 20 minutes, if you recall where we last […]
I finished her up between a 1-hour painting session this morning and another 45 mins or so this evening. When I started working about 7 years ago I really struggled with the loss of 5+ hour long painting sessions. I didn’t want to paint unless I was gonna have at least MANY MANY consecutive […]