Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Girl dancing

This was mostly some more experimenting with lights. I have had the idea to paint something like this in my head for several days now, but I thought it deserved more than my watercoloring skills. So for that reason, I used the tablet :)

(I know it seems like I use the tablet a lot, but I get the best results with it.)

I'm still really looking forward to using oils, though. I'm determined that tablet and oil are fairly similar, but I don't really know for sure. It seems like they would be.

I also took many screen shots to show it as a WIP so people can understand how these things come about. This is done with a few different colors, the smudge and blur tools, and the burn and dodge tools. Most of it is taken step by step after every different thing I did, though I didn't bother to show the creation of the background, mainly because I was just making lines and colors to fill blank space.

My only complaint is that I didn't really get the expression I wanted out of her... but she doesn't look bad, regardless. Also (not that it matters), she's sort of slow dancing and waving her arm back and forth hula style. NOT fast crazy dancing or anything. She was supposed to look peaceful, which is why the expression was important!

(it is originally a larger image, but everywhere resizes if it's too big... I am currently searching for someplace to host the original size.)

Something is off with that raised arm and the missing shoulder... but it's done, I'm not going to mess with it!!!


  1. A great WIP clip, Jess. I think her expression looks like she is just lost in the rhythm, almost an ecstatic look to her face. Glad you fixed the address...

  2. I love the dancer Jess...have a weakness for spotlights & shadows!

    I think you have a lot of patience with the tablet (seeing ur detailed WIP) as most multimedia designers are.

    One needs a different kind of patience with traditional media (no undo's here) benefited with tactile feeling (feeling textures made on canvas etc.)

    I guess the process is way different but the outcome does look similar.

  3. Prabha, is the process a LOT different? I thought they would be similar (in oils) as far as starting with the base colors and working in the shadows and things. I've never done oil, so I don't know! I really want to get back into traditional more because it's nice to have something tangible... but for now, all I have available is watercolor, and that's not really my style (but you are incredible at it, I keep meaning to comment on everyone's blogs and keep getting distracted)

    I have a weakness for lights and shadows, too. Sometimes I overdo it.

  4. I hope you get to paint in oils as the richness of colors is like no other. Having said that, the fumes/wetness from the oils are a bother till they dry up.

    I guess its subjective when it comes to being comfortable with any medium (read mood, availability of art supplies, confidence about technique etc.) When i do a series of oils, i feel i have forgotton watercolor...LOL.

    As much as i like soft light, i also love extreme harsh (as u mention overdone) lights.
    Or somewhere in the combination like how Edward B. Gordon paints.


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