Another short one.
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. I paid a lot less attention to the hair at this stage, compared to all my other paintings that involved long flowing hair. Wanted to experiment and see what I could do interpreting with brush and paint without much of a graphite pre-guide.
Base colours. This was a lot of fun as it was my first time testing a “blush” effect on android “skin”.
Details are a lot more defined now, especially with the warm/dark grey applied over the light blue areas, for deeper contrast. The flowers in contact with her hair were at this point protected with masking fluid so the hair itself could be done with much more freedom and flow.
Experiment was a success, mostly because there’s nothing quite like black hair and it is surely a pleasure to work with.
Did not capture anything after this – the completion of the poppies, the golden dragonflies, and the background. I used masking tape to create the straight lines of the Oriental screen, and employed a liberal wash method combined with splattering and fun with a spray bottle for the warm, ochre-coloured ground. All this can be viewed in the finished piece, here on the site’s gallery.