Links to the ImagineFX January Art Challenge, and Spectrum online:
So, on to Eternity! I chose a symmetrical balanced composition to give the impression of stability (appropriate for the theme). My piece is titled "Eternity Contemplates Evanescence". I thought it would be really cool to juxtapose all the eternal symbols (ouroboros, sun, sands of time, circle) with a delicate symbol of transience, a small white feather. Everything needs it's opposite to define itself, so here she is thinking about that!
I did this piece as a test to see how far I can push myself (and how long it takes) on a full figure painting as a test for an upcoming top-secret project I am working on. I want lots of density (detail) in this piece, and also very naturalistic subtle tones. I didn't want to skimp on the effort I took to suck all the usefulness out of my reference photos. Around the middle of the process I actually considered it done for a few days (see wip#4); but then I went back and decided to really really push myself more than usual. Honestly I should do that every time, of course, and this experiment has strengthened my resolve! In case you're wondering it took me about 3 days (probably about 20 hours). Below I posted my wips, reference material, textures, and some detail shots at 100%. Enjoy!