Comes the Dawn - full demo

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This 42x64" oil on canvas painting went through a few changes on the wings, until the translucent look and color harmony I was seeing in my head, reached the canvas. Sometimes it takes a little going backwards to move further forward and I have certainly done my share of overpainting to get the effects that I want. It usually comes back to color and tone and balance, but it always starts with an idea I like, then a composition that is intriguing enough to get me full into the painting process. Like much of my more creative work now, I render out a fairly comprehesive digital image, usually color over a drawing, the same one I use to project on canvas. At least, in this way, I have something to glance at from time to time if I need to redo areas, especially in figure work. Most of the backgrounds in all of my work are made up or a combination of some reference and my imagination based on physics of the real world, knowledge of color and 30 years of illustrating doesn't hurt. Its really the only way I can come up with the lighting, as in this piece, that looks like it fits the scene and sets the figure on the beach. I try to avoid any plein-aire look of naturalism, and especially that cut-out and pasted on look of using models (usually from life) stuck into fake settings. If I can do one thing well, its placing figures in a real space that fits the look of this imagined background.

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Simple drawing on rough canvas-face area gesso sanded more
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Head blocked in using planes- note reference nearby if needed
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Smoothing out the head planes, moving the paint around
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Left side block in of the water area
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Nearing the mid-stage of painting- now ready for tweaking and additional layers
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Adding white first, before glazing yellow over for strongest glaze
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Yellows glazed over the white underpainting for maximum color effect
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Wings before tinting and toning them down
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Paper mask used to blot paint over wings to begin translucency
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Tinting over opaque wings to achieve transparent effect-base color
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Glaze with liquin and darker coloring, applied with large brush liberally
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Glaze smoothed out using mop brush to thin and even the oil
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WN mop brush, showing the tip full of color after buffing glaze
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Before glazing the ground area
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After glazing the ground area- staining it darker, essentially
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Wing color detail- note grayed back or toned down from initial coloring
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Sand aread detail
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Sky area detail
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Comes the Dawn final 42x64" oil on canvas
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Head detail from final

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