Revised painting

Some of you may remember the drama from August 30th where I screwed a commission and ended up with a painting I didn’t want. In the meantime, I have been working on revising the painting; this is a snap I took with my digital camera (at left). Please excuse the picture quality/color balance

It is currently in progress. In my first run at it, I painted the mountain in and changed the sky to blue… and the mountain had a rough face carved into it with caves where the eyes and mouth should be… but somehow I wasn’t really into that so I decided to revise again and put some sort of ‘otherworldly’ city on the top of the mountains.

When I did the sky in blue instead of the previous black, I had to paint over part of those fern fronds (which was a shame), so I’ll have to paint those again. I also don’t like the foliage at the top of the painting and want to introduce something there — plus the mountains and the mysterious city still need some work… and I want to add some more foliage and texture on the mountain itself as well as do something to move those distant mountain further into the background.

I’m having fun with it and look forward to finishing it as soon as I get some other projects out of the way. Looking at the painting, I’m enjoying being able to dream up a scenario or adventure to fit the painting, rather than coming up with the scenario first and then painting a picture to suit it.

2 Comments on “Revised painting”

  1. Very nice, I like it!
    I wonder if you'd be willing to post an explanation of your process of painting. I really like your style.

  2. Andrew says:

    This looks better by a staggering magnitude! The pink city hits the tones of pink on the garments and the coat of arms at the front really well.

    As an aside, when I was reading the original post about the drama, I can't seem to find a working link to the “High Cost Of Living Post” you mentioned, and would be interested to read it as a fellow illustrator (and griper)

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