Teaching an old painting new tricks…


So a few years ago I started trying to paint an underwater scene, some of you might remember this…

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We are just gonna do the TL;DR version here.  Don’t like it, wasn’t for me, needs to be finished/changed.

Being that Octopuses are one of my favorite animals, and that I wanted to play a lot with color and form I decided on a blue ring octopus as a subject.  In case you aren’t familiar with these guys, here are a few pics!

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Here is my process on teaching this old canvass new tricks…

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Here I have used sharpie to mark out where I want to octopus to be, and with that done I have laid in a lot of the background coloring.

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Next I paint out the area that will be the octopus with white.  Paintings is about layering, and as the background is dark already, I don’t want to layer a light color like yellow, as my final painting will end up darker.  Here I am making sure that I get a nice solid, light yellow color2013-02-02_14-46-13_650

 

Not quite done yet, but here is where I am as of this morning!  More to come soon!

-TheGrav

 

OCTOPUS!


It may come as no surprise, but the octopus is my favorite animal, and I specifically have a fondness for the blue ring octopus.  It is one of the tattoos I have always wanted, on the top of my left foot, and one day I will get it!  However I have been attempting to draw lots of sea creatures recently, kinda goes along with my recent return to dinosaurs, giant robots, and monsters.

I also have a few Cthulhu paintings I have in the wings, so practicing work on cephalopods is always a good idea!

Enjoy!

-TheGrav