New piece!…well, the beginning of one

I’ve had a lot of stuff happening in my life since my last painting.  I won’t bore you with the details, but it’s affected my “creative output.”

Luckily, I was inspired by someone I know from my gym.  She was taking a nice, little nap on the mat beside me and when I looked over, I quietly told her friend that it was the exact kind of position I like for my art, but I didn’t have a camera to capture it.  She offered to take a photo with her phone and then send it to me.  I gained permission to use the photo and it was sent to me.  Let’s call her “Courtney.”

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This particular photo works for both my ink style as well as my painting style.  I’m starting with a painting.  In my typical style, I reduce the image to smaller, organic shapes and round out all the corners.  I then pick a light source and treat each shape as a separate 3D object with a shaded area on the opposing side from the light source.  Each shape ends up looking similar to a smooth pebble.

My first step is to pick out the shapes that I want to use and then round the corners.

painting rough

When I’m happy with that I start to think about colour schemes.  For this one I’m thinking of using yellow for the highlight and blue for the shadow.  I’ve created a rough version in my usual style as well as another in a variation of that style that I’ve been tossing around in my head.

courtney B double rough copy

I’ve decided to create a miniature painting of both styles to see how they look.  Those will be in my next post.