Planning and Process

It is really important to have a plan and process in your work. Here are two images that show part of that in the painting titled Musician. I started with thumbnails, followed by photos. Then photoshop to build graphic ideas such as the glow and streams of light coming from Levi in his angelic form. Notice the implied wings and ancient text, with gold leaf. Then came a full size grid to enable a very accurate drawing. That is the small set of squares on the illustration board on the right. Using a soft 4B graphite pencil, I hit the shadows hard leaving most of the mid-tone areas and highlight for the paint. After sealing it with spray fix, I wash it with oil and terpenoid, and erased out the highlights with a kneaded eraser. Finally, I painted traditionally with oils. Gold leaf was last. You do that glue sizing and lay a thin sheet of the gold leaf on it and gently rub it down. If you want a highly polished, well rendered painting with a story that is clear, don’t forget PLANNING AND PROCESS.Leviangel3Leviangel2

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