Someone recently asked me, "How long does it take to complete a piece like this?"
My answer "As long as it takes... "
Which for me is true, I don't count the hours. Each piece is done when it says it's done. I use Uart, which holds a ton of layers and I don't quit until those layers fill the tooth and my finishes are smooth. But just for the fun of it, I thought I would share the dates my camera captured for me, as I shot my WIP imags. I didn't work on this every day, as life has been crazy for me ..
|Vintage Allure finished... or mostly finished ;)|
Vintage Allure, 17.5"x 24.5"
Colored Pencil on Uart 600
This piece is the second of my "Vintage" pieces. The first was "Vintage Beauty", which you can see here:
the same model, the same fur... with the exception of a couple of things. First is the size, this one is a weee bit larger than it's predecessor, and I gave myself lots of artistic license with this one.
Vintage Allure had a rocky beginning, I restarted it 3 times. The first time was on 800 grit Uart.. ewwww. So I set that aside and grabbed a sheet of 600, only to find out when my under painting was finished and I was starting to add my second layer that I had a bad sheet of Uart!
December 1, 2012 I restarted Vintage Allure for the final time.
My work, while planned out, has a tendency to morph, artistically.
You may notice a few changes along the way.
I decided I didn't like the background I had in mind,
I got rid of it. Mostly.
I left the ghost of the original background there, yes, yes I did. I added some different designs, with a painterly texture being the look I wanted.
Then, after a couple weeks, .. I thought she needed something, more.
Sorry.. color is off on this one!
Building up final skin tones...
Calling this one 99% done.. she has to sit for a few days before I decide if that 1% is good to go..
Here she is, she's taken 8 months to come to life, but that's ok, I think she's worth it.