Week 28 - July 2014
This painting is one I have been thinking about for a while now, (you may have seen the beginning + in progress shots over on Instagram or Facebook over the weekend), and my inspiration this time came from author Kristen Ashley.
It is no secret that I am a huge romance novel junkie. HUGE. (I totally blame my 94 year old nan for this addiction - it was mills + boon over the summer holidays at her house when I was 14!! I was an impressionable teen!! - I have no responsibility for this....)
And it shouldn't be a huge surprise that the genre I am particularly fond of is the paranormal/ fantasy one.
Hello. Mermaids? Princesses? Stag Girls? Yup reading is a huge source of inspiration for me...
Anyway, I was reading Kristen Ashley's Fantasyland series + there was a passage that described the heroine from the first book and as soon as I read it I knew I had to paint it.
So this is the beginning of the 'Winter Princess' painting (not to be confused with, by the way, the Frozen princess Elsa, who Bean excitedly asked me if I was painting for her....)
This was the third/ fourth sketch I did.
It took a while + some awkward selfies (did you see them on Facebook?) to get the pose right...
Here I have transferred it onto my gesso panel, using carbon paper from the newsagents. I haven't been able to find graphite transfer paper here, but to be honest that carbon paper works well enough.
I don't often start with the back ground, but I wanted to start with the elements in the background first
Which as always lasted a whole five minutes before I was compelled to start her face...
And Yah - my favourite part her eyes...
And this is when my brain shut down. Being it was close to 1am, I couldn't make any more decisions, so I have decided to leave it for the night.
So where has your inspiration come from lately? What was the last thing your created inspired from? I would love to hear where your brilliant ideas have come from! Feel free to share below.