Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mermaid: Blue Eyes #MerMay

Mermaid: Blue Eyes
Step by Step

To celebrate MerMay I'm putting up my step by step of my oil painting "Mermaid: Blue Eyes."
I'd done several small thumbnails of my idea of doing a portrait of a mermaid, using just her face, hands and hair in a square canvas, before doing the pencil directly onto the canvas board.
I first went over the pencil with a green line in oils
Did the face and skin tones, with greenish shadows
Starting the background
Putting the greens in the kelp
Giving more detail to the kelp fronds and her hair
Finishing the shell and sea life decorating her hair and a pet fish
Framed and sold! at IlluXcon 2014


1 comment:

  1. Oh, wow!! That's how you get that gorgeous, soft outline. Very interesting that you reinforced the pencil in green oil! One of those "ah-hah" moments. ; )

    Loved this one at IX, BTW.