Love Us Harder
This is a short one; one of those times where I was so absorbed in trying new things that I forget to capture more WIPs.
Please note that colour names are based on what I was using, which were Caran d’Ache’s water-soluble crayons. I use these in a similar fashion to watercolours, as in I take pigment from the crayons with a damp brush, and then bring it to paper, rather than applying a wash over dry-coloured areas.
Draft completed; 2H graphite on 14×20″ Arches hot press. A self-portrait against a mirror worked very well as a reference in this instance. The conceptual stage for this was very exciting as I got to explore more “mecha” elements for this piece. The birds are Japanese cedar waxwings, and the flowers are forget-me-nots.
Lots already accomplished here. The androids’ porcelain white skin tone is composed of light blue. Sapphire blue, prussian blue and black made up the eyes, with a hint of purple for their eyeshadow, and again black for the eyebrows and lashes. Ruby red and a little bit of bordeaux red for the lips. The tongues were a blend of periwinkle purple and salmon pink.
The birds were a real joy to work with. Their plumage mainly consist of venetian red, brown, golden yellow, naples yellow, black, and tiny dots of scarlet. Their eyes are sepia. Blue was used for the flower petals, and their centres were clustered with golden yellow, brown, and black.
Another big jump in progression. The flower-and-berry hair ornament was finished with carmine, scarlet, and little touches of grass green. To begin with the gold portions, the divisions between the plates first had to be protected with masking fluid, and after that had dried, the backs of their heads were underpainted in a blend of burnt sienna and raw umber. Over that went a layer of olive brown and yellow.The wiring and gears were mostly dark grey and greyish black. Everything was then inked in Copic Multiliner 0.05 for crisp definition.
All that was left was the background, a gradation of carmine, purple, and the barest wash of yellow to give it warmth and tie in the palette a bit more. The finished piece can be viewed here in the site’s gallery.