The Dancers in the Dragon Forest.
It’s staring time today 🙂 A while back I showed you peeks from a big commission I did for a lovely friend. I will have a more detailed post on the entire progress as this one proved a bit tricky along the way. But for now…you can stare and read the little things I wrote underneath the pictures. I thought creating collages would be wise as I snapped like a gazillion pictures when I worked on this one. Kid you not. Okay, maybe less than a gazillion. The collages are created with Fotor. Pretty nifty site. Enjoy the pictures and do enlarge them for a better view.
Let’s start with some scribbly, scribbly lines and ink! I had to leave a lot “white” as the paint would fill it in. That part was pretty scary. Kid you not.
First layers always make me go like “Oh my gosh! What the $%^&$^ am I doing?!“. I used Masking Fluid by Winsor and Newton to block out certain spaces.
It’s slowly coming together and I had to keep it aside for a bit every time I finished a layer as I had to keep track of the depth. More on this in my next post! For now I just keep on adding layers and layers…some trees in the distance.
After I got enough color (for now) in the trees and grass, I removed the masking fluid and started to add some color on the dragons.
Layers, layers, layers lalalaaaa. *ahem* Nothing exciting haha. It was all about adding a layer, keeping track of the depth and the thickness of the color washes. I was quite “scared” to just paint as there so many subtle depth layers. I had a lot of staring moments. A lot.
And then suddenly, the piece comes together and I start to feel that there’s enough paint. As soon as I start to wonder if I’ve added enough paint…I need to stop and leave it aside for a day or two. Then I just check if there are enough sparkles and if I didn’t miss anything. Maybe I re-ink some ink lines, but then….it is done! It’s an odd feeling when you put down the brush and think “I think it’s done…”
And now in full glory with some of the ink and paint I used.
Ah! Every time I see it I think “Oh my gosh! I did that!?“. Seriously. It’s like the entire process is “forgotten” and you only remember the start and how it looks at the end. It’s odd people! But okay, this piece is already in its new home and stay tuned for the post where I talk a more about the entire process and some tips and tricks I used to create this piece. I promise I leave out the cursing…hehe.
A quote I love is by Neil Gaiman and it goes as follow:
“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”
Whenever I create one of my pieces it does make me happy and I just hope it brightens up anyone’s world. I sure wish that my little world was real now!
Remember, I’m an e-mail away if you have questions about commissions and projects.
Till next time, lovely readers and have a lovely weekend ahead!