I am fairly far along in the painting process so far and hopefully only have a few sittings on this painting left. If you want to stay up to date with all my work in progress photos, be sure to join my Facebook Fan Page! I post frequently there, almost daily, with updates as to what I'm working on.
Below are photos from the sketch stage to the stage where I'm at now for Serafina & Firenze.
|Initial sketch - Made a few changes from the very original sketch. You can see some parts have been pieced together to create a finished drawing. Sometimes this is necessary, especially when working on a commissioned piece.|
|I'm starting the linework in Photoshop. I create all my lines in Photoshop to make them crisp and smooth. I use these lines on my final watercolor paper and for my coloring pages that I sell.|
|Finished the lines in Photoshop for Serafina.|
|Working on the lines in Photoshop for Firenze.|
|Finished linework in Photoshop.|
|Here is where I print the lines very lightly on my final watercolor paper. I then re-ink the lines with a dip pen and brown ink. You can see that the lines are only partially done in this photo.|
|Started on the background. I used salt to create a nice textured finish for the stone.|
|After I get the background partially finished, I move onto the witch. I don't want to make the background too dark or over work it. So I like to work on the darker parts of the foreground first to make sure everything will work well together.|
|Painting stripes is so fun! I usually start on the striped tights, because they're my favorite to paint.|
|I also love to paint fabric!|
|Working on the brick work.|
|Here I've begun to add shading and aging effects to the columns and carvings. I decided to literally drip water and pigment to make the columns look nice and aged.|