Howdy, y’all! I just finished this painting today and I am in love with it! I thought I’d share the progression of the piece with you. Please let me know if you’d like to see more process posts in the future!
Here’s the sketch I started with – the idea came to me last night and stuck with me, so this morning I sketched out the idea. As you can see, the words didn’t make it into the final, but it’s still the title.
This painting is actually on top of a half finished painting that I wasn’t happy with. I often like to lay down colors underneath the painting so bits of color show through, so I just used what was already there as my base. As you can see, it starts off MUCH messier in the beginning. I’ve been trying for years to keep that messiness, but my perfectionism usually won’t let me. There is a little messiness in the final product though, so I seem to be getting a little better at letting go!
Farther along. I really wanted to keep the green and blue at the bottom, but in the end I got rid of most of it.
For the flesh I painted blue underneath before putting the skin color on top, because I like the depth that it creates. For a while there, she looked like she had some pretty crazy black eyes, so I had to tone it down more. You can also see the hair starting to take shape here.
The final piece! I went over the wings with watercolor crayon and gel medium* to add some more definition to the feathers, and then painted the crown with metallic gold. You’ve probably noticed that I like crowns – I’m not exactly sure why I like them so much, but there’s something about that shape that appeals to me. I think it might be that a crown is instantly recognizable as something special, and I want the people who see/own my work to know how important and valuable they are. Hope you enjoyed seeing my painting process!
*If you’ve never tried watercolor crayon with gel medium, you totally should! I just learned this technique and I love it. When you sketch with the watercolor crayon it looks like pencil, but when you put the gel medium over it: BAM! It becomes dark and smudged like charcoal. I really like the effect.