Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Slowly but surely getting there. Finished flimsy transparent bits.  Begun work on dagger (many, many revisions and reworkings and deletions not pictured).  Added Very Important Sparkles.

It's technically an hour into Thursday here, because of a rather long day at work pushing a game app to the finishing line, and my boss treating us a late pub dinner and rather a lot of alcohol to thank us/celebrate.

(Look, I'm Scottish. You should be amazed I'm not tipsy every time I post.)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

WIP...It's Probably Wednesday in a Parallel Universe, Right?

So last week's WIP did not go up on account of plague. I came home from work early on Wednesday, collapsed into bed and completely forgot about it, until somewhere around the weekend when I stopped feeling like the living dead. 

This week...honestly, I'm pretty sure it's still Tuesday and the calendars are lying to us.

Anyway, I've made a little progress on this. Not a huge amount, but some. I thought I'd show it without the rough details scribbled over the top, and a close-up to make up for missing last week.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I'm a huge fan of Marina Bychkova's Enchanted Dolls. Every single doll is unique, and the costumes and accessories she creates for them are exquisite - she creates every detail painstakingly by hand, and there are a LOT of details!  I would kill to own one, but they justifiably cost a pretty penny, and are way out of my budget.  However, every year she holds a contest for her birthday and the prize is an Enchanted Doll.  One year, the challenge was to create a piece of artwork based on one of her dolls, and I jumped at the chance to enter.

Unfortunately while I was halfway through my painting, I had a surprise trip to hospital to have surprise emergency surgery on a surprise ovarian cyst.  Needless to say, I was out of commission for a while, and that deadline for the contest blew past me.  I was pretty damn disappointed, and never found the drive to go back and finish the painting.  But I still like it, and still want to finish it. After all, there's no reason why I can't send it to Marina as a little token of my fangirlism, contest or no contest.

The doll I picked to paint was Cinderella, but I planned on sneaking references to a couple of others in there.  The mermaid is the first.  The others I never got around to adding.  I'm pretty sure only die hard Enchanted Doll fans would spot them anyway.

This is the composition I eventually decided to go with.  Originally I started working on the one below, portraying the moment Cinderella approaches the castle, but something about it wasn't working.  There is still something about her posture and expression that I love here, but ultimately I decided to go with a different moment - fleeing the ball as the clock strikes midnight.  And yes, her dress IS supposed to have a top half. An incredibly complex top half that I wasn't even attempting to start until I was sure I had the underlying anatomy down correctly!