Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Princess of Mars in living color

It has been a very productive few days. Finished the revisions of a very big and important job. Will hear tomorrow if any other changes are needed before heading to press on Thursday. Signed a million DIARY OF NIGHT postcard size prints. Not a million really, just looked like it. And tonight after a late dinner I did the above. Based on a sketch I posted here a while back. This is done in ink, watercolor, and acrylic on 11" x 15" 140 lb, Strathmore cold press watercolor block. My scanner made it look brighter and more saturated than the original so I desaturated it a bit. Got it looking the same as the original but then I post it and it looks duller than the original. Oy! I can't think of the last time I painted something using traditional mediums. I think I needed to bust loose a bit. I really have a ton of work to do but sometimes you just got to take a couple of hours after a 12 hour day and do something for yourself. :) I also wanted to do something different for the blog. It's been a lot of misc. sketches and business illustrations lately. Don't want anyone to get bored. :) Good night all!


Bloggin' StarLady's Studio said...

She looks GREAT in "living color" Gene!

Royce Thrower said...

Never get tired of Deja or ERB for that matter. As we talked before, I prefer Tarzan but John Carter is a VERY close second! Love the headress.

Pulling out the REAL paints must be a blast these days after staring at a computer screen for hours on end.

Thanks for the post, but 2 more hours after a twelve hour day is WAY beyond the call of duty. There is something to be said for a little down time at the end of the day. But us selfish folk sure enjoy a new purdy picture to look at every day. LOL

Craig Zablo said...

Wow! Although you did it for yourself, you just have to know how much all of us are enjoying it!

Gene Gonzales said...

Starlady - Thanks!

Royce - Yeah it was fun. The technique here is paining dark and using a brush, a little bit of water, and a towel, pick out the color, layer by layer until you get the highlight you are wanting. It can be subtle or it can go down to the white of the paper. You get a bit of a zen thing going when you do this. Everything around you fades away. Glad you like it.

Craig - Glad you enjoyed this. I have fun doing it. :)