I just completed a commissioned painting, and wanted to share my process of work on it.
First, the inspiration. This was a piece inspired by a personally significant tattoo; the thought was to take the tattoo design, keep the meaning behind it, but transform it into a painting.
After determining basics like size (30" x 40") and color scheme (blue dominant), I decided this piece needed layers. After all, it the concept of a personal compass has deep meaning- a smooth, even surface didn't seem to fit. I began layering paper in shades of blue. Then, I layered maps and images. Finally, I added significant words- verses.
When I was happy with the layering, I brushed on a coat of blue paint.
Then, I scrubbed it off it the areas I wanted to draw focus to.
Then the prominent part of the design- the compass!
With this part I was careful to still allow parts of the background to show through- a subtle indicator of the piece's meaning.
|supplies: acrylic paint with mixed media|
The finished piece!
The finished piece with it's new owner!
|notice his right forearm ;)|