How to Go from Pin to Painting; Uncensored Process

I am currently working on a piece that I am absolutely stoked about! It’s so exciting that I just have to share its process with you all! (I only dare post -censored- pictures of it to Instagram, thus the entire dedicated post to the uncensored ones you are now scrolling through.)

My Inspiration

What you see here is actually a little different from my original idea. While browsing Pinterest, I saw the phrase “love her, but leave her wild,” and suddenly an image appeared in my mind’s eye. I had to paint…

a woman

nude

walking alone

strong and confident

wind in her hair

rose gold

emerald

light balanced by shadow

Then, I had to get to work.

  • sketch on canvas of nude woman walking
  • beginning of underpainting of emerald shaded nude woman walking with wind in her rose gold hair
  • beginning of underpainting of emerald shaded nude woman walking with wind in her rose gold hair
  • uncensored underpainting of emerald shaded nude woman walking with wind in her rose gold hair
  • uncensored emerald shaded nude woman walking with wind in her rose gold hair
  • uncensored emerald shaded nude woman walking with wind in her rose gold hair
  • uncensored emerald shaded nude woman walking with wind in her rose gold hair
  • uncensored emerald shaded nude woman walking with wind in her rose gold hair
  • uncensored emerald shaded nude woman walking with wind in her rose gold hair
  • uncensored emerald shaded nude woman walking with wind in her rose gold hair

The Process

First, I needed to sketch. I couldn’t decide for sure on the exact positioning, however, so I started with a model posing app to get a solid plan. Within the app, I adjusted where I wanted the light to come from, where I wanted her hands, where to direct her gaze, etc.

Next, I sketched out the three basic value shapes I could see, using completely unrelated colors of sharpie, on some printer paper.

Once I was happy with my understanding of the values, I sketched the outlines onto my canvas!

Once penciling the outline onto the canvas was done, I laid down the underpainting. (In oil painting, this is the thinned-out, generalized first layer that provides a sort of road map for the piece.) You can see that I kept to the same three basic values which gave it a lot of contrast.

Then, I went in with more intense coloring to really give it some depth. After I placed those intense colors, I carefully blended the harsh edges. To make it look realistic, I really focused on where the shadows faded gradually versus where they stopped more abruptly.

At that point, I began working on her hair and face. I deepened the shadowy side of her hair, and added highlights and a faint bit of texture. Then, I (you guessed it) blended any harshness within the hair.

After that, I added even brighter highlights to where the light would be directly hitting her body.

Where to from here?

I plan to add more detail to the face and hair, improve the accuracy of the hands, and decide on a color for her shadow! I want to keep to the rose gold and emerald feel, but haven’t yet mixed that perfect shade to complement her.

Finally, I need to settle on a background color. After that, she’ll need to dry, be photographed, and then varnished! Then she will be ready to find a home!

Keep an eye on my IG for updates as I make more progress on her! ๐Ÿค

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