I was asked again this year to donate an original colored pencil piece for the silent auction, to be held at the CPSA International Exhibition in Atlanta, Ga.
.jpgs are due in about 3 weeks, so I thought I might want to get going on it, LOL. I couldn't decide on what it was I wanted to do for this piece. I have 3 pieces I could have used, but none of them were quite what I wanted to send. Going back thru my reference photos, this one caught my eye. Hmmm I had been avoiding that dress ... but after my last few limited palette pieces, I want some color!
This is Sunshine, a member of the White Mountain Apaches. She was a model at a photo shoot I attended when I first moved here. Her Mother, Aunt and Grandmother were also there, but I didn't photograph them, only Sunshine. Her mother made her dress, and shoes, entirely by hand. To see the leather-work/beading in person was just amazing.
While I am using a photo reference for this, I am in no way a slave to my photos. They are "references" and I am not a copy machine. I have lost my need to create more "photo realism" in my work, and am finding myself enjoying the freedom and artistic creativity of a more "representational " piece of art.
This is the set up on my easel, as I worked on the background. You'll notice I printed Sunshine out the size I wanted her to be, and I deleted the background before printing. For this setting I'll be using a picture I took in the White Mountains a few years ago. I'll be using my Uart 800, 7x10 or so, and Prismacolor pencils.
When I start with an under painting, I work all of the piece up at the same time. This time I'm using a direct color application, layering my compliments, tints, and shades in between as I build my color.