Tonight I had the pleasure of finally finishing this piece and I think I am pretty darn happy with the outcome.
To be honest, I’m not sure how long this piece took (I’m ball-parking it somewhere around 12 to 14 hours) since a lot of the time I spent on it I was either pouring through reference and fixing the composition or struggling with the pain from my surgery and the nausea of narcotics.
Regardless, I think this piece is a big step forward in several directions which I’ve been actively trying to improve in. I’ll break it down for you below.
I used reference so heavily for this piece that my second monitor looked like the photo collection from a voyeur’s hard drive. I have been reading Andrew Loomis’s Figure Drawing: For All It’s Worth lately and have found it be an invaluable source of knowledge. I’m really happy with the way the assassin turned out since she is anatomically spot on and forced me to finally face my normal taboo with drawing semi-clad females.
While I’m not 100% where I want to be yet, I did actively try to compose this piece using the rule of thirds, forcing the central character off center to the right. This was oddly difficult for me- the more I flipped the canvas and stared at the piece the more her position bothered me…eventually I ended up compromising and placed her not quite at the 2/3 mark, but more of the 3/5.
This took a lot of effort and I definitely think it was worth it. I spent much of today just working on perspective and ensuring that all elements of the painting, from the smallest objects to the furthest silhouette were in correct perspective. I can’t wait to do this for future paintings… it was strangely cathartic having everything line up so easily without any guesswork. Similarly, I really enjoyed adding the smoke, fog, and atmospheric perspective to this piece; I could write a whole blog post (and maybe I will!) about tips and tricks in Photoshop to make this process easier.
Without further walls of texts, here is the finished piece. I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed working on it.
The process of painting this piece was recorded from start to finish; as soon as I have the chance to narrate over the footage and render it I will share it with you all on YouTube.