The lighting is so different in this one. I added a few more details around the mermaid.
Almost done! Only the sky left. Turned out to be the hardest part. Of course I forgot to take photos of painting it.
Overall, it turned out better then I expected. I had the original drawing in mind, but painting something 13 years later had to turn out differently. Some things were better, some things were worse (I have absolutely no patience for painting details anymore). But the girl who got the painting loved it even more than the original drawing, which is more than enough for me.
2. We need a resolution
This was quite a spur-of-the-moment thing. My friend and I talked about getting a painting as a gift, but her idea for the painting was kinda ridiculous (would take about a year to finish). Since we had about a month until said birthday, this painting just popped into my head. I knew I wanted it to be Aaliyah, I had this red background in my mind, but I also thought I'd do it in a simple, pop art style that wouldn't take too much time. Yeaaah.
The sketch. Most of time was spent on her face, and I tried to measure it as precise as possible.
This first layer was actually done in about an hour. "This is it, I'll just fix her face, cover the transparent areas, it'll be done in a week."
"This won't be easy at all."
Now her right hand was messed up, her face didn't really look like her, and it was just too red. I decided to add another color to the background (decided on a very flourescent pink).
I constructed the right hand from scratch, added the pink, made her look more like her, but it still wasn't done.
It was almost done, but something about her shoulder was bugging me. It had to be finished though, so I worked on it a bit more, and just called it done.
I'm still not 100% happy with it, but that's just something I have to get used to. While the reciever of the gift was opening it, I realized it was a first for me - creating something I had no idea someone would like.
The composition is something I find really intriguing, and something I want to experiment with more in the future, to cross the line of traditional portrait composition even more. But Stories will be an entirely different story :)