This year I signed up for SmArt School with Todd Lockwood. We have only had two sessions and I have already learned a lot. It seems that my 2D design and composition class I took 15 years ago didn’t really stick with me. Some very basic principles were either forgotten, or missed.
As I prep for the DragonCon jury, I was looking at my older images and decided to do some small updates to help make them stronger. The most noticeable change was for the Sirin painting. When I had the drawing printed to the panel, it cut off a little too much of my bleed space, so her toes were always too close to the bottom of the canvas. Due to time restraints I didn’t have time to reprint it. But thanks to the digital age, I got to do some nice edits yesterday.
I first opened up the image by an inch all the way around and repainted the atmosphere. I did some touch ups on her, fixing some proportion problems with her arms, added some highlights, and fixed some issues with her head. The main thing, is I heard Todd’s voice “Who is your star?” and I added some light behind her head to give contrast to her dark hair/fair skin combo. I am pretty happy with the outcome.
I am working on a cool new piece in the class as well, exploring my difficult relationship with composition and values in depth 🙂
I used my new process of printing a digital underpainting on Epson watercolor paper. I then mounted it on framed birch and put a couple of layers of acrylic medium over top. After that it was all oils and glazes!
One of the longest paintings I have ever had on my easel. I have been working on this for over 10 years! I started this so long ago, I was not sure how to paint people with oil paints!
The story behind this is that these is the couple that formed the Aradani Kingdom. Cellendur and Seless left their homelands when their marriage was looked down upon (He was an elf from Alostros and she was a daughter of a Lord of Seahaven). Thier daughter, Alyssa, inherited the throne after them.
As many know, my brother Paul is a big Legend of Zelda cosplayer, so when we started to redesign our sign for festivals, I started this painting. We decided not to use it for our sign, but I finished it anyways.
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