Had a pretty crappy weekend. I always have high hopes of getting a lot done on the weekends to make up for doing little during the week, but it unfortunately my job takes so much out of me that I spend the whole weekend recuperating so that I can face another week. I am back into that sucky cycle again and it saps my creativity too. I did; however, manage to make some more progress on the background defining more rock shapes. So it was not a complete lose, just mostly. Sigh. I could use some support right now.
As you can see, I have decided to use the lichen or whatever it is on the rocks under the starfish as a background for my painting. I loved the varying colors and subtle layer demarcations. This gives me a head start for a solo print of this painting unlike the red seahorse and Sarah Seadragon, which I feel need some kind of background for a print. What is nice is that the layers I use make it easy to peel away the starfish from the background for inclusion in the book illustrations.
Here is a progress image for the red starfish painting. Please enlarge the image so you can see where I am heading with the red parts of the tentacles (lower left tentacle). Looks like a patchwork or crochet quilt to me. This one does have the color I have been craving lately, but more importantly, it has lots of interesting texture.
Duh, … Wait a minute, I know the answer to that one? Duh ……….. Anyway, while we wait on Patrick, this is the beginning of my next project, which is this really cool looking starfish. Stay tuned for further updates.
I have made a lot of progress, bringing this painting near its end. Eventually I will merge most of the layers so that I can center the image better but that can wait. I like how the various major areas that I have worked on separately are now starting to blend into a cohesive whole.
Well, I have made lots of progress. I am starting to connect the larger areas with more detail and smother color transitions. As you can see, the front two spine extensions have been heavily worked on. I was surprised when I took a closer look at the second one on my reference photo that I saw hints of the light blue from the stripes there. So many subtle color changes to try to achieve. I really needed this.
I have made a lot of progress working along the neck that I am happy with. I decided to put here against a darker background so you can see how well the colors pop. Also, you can better see the first spine fins along the top neck better this way. Once things are done, I will make it permanent.