Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A change of venue

This painting has been driving me nuts. It's insanely hard to apply perspective when you paint the figures FIRST, but that is the challenge that faces me. I was stuck for weeks trying to figure out how I was going to set this inside a school, with thin hallways and lockers and whatnot. So, you know what? SCREW THAT!

After writing the man behind the commission, I was given a fresh perspective. Why not set it outside? Autumn can be walking to school along the sidewalk and stumble upon Dionne just as easily as she could do it walking to the classroom. (Plus, I don't fall into the trap of setting lockers in an elementary school.) I decided to try the venue shift, moving it to outside of the Poppinstock Academy.

This is obviously a very rough beginning. It has a loooong way to go before it looks right, but at least the underpainting is done. I'm not even sure how I'm going to actually treat the stuff yet - but that's a problem for the future. I hope it works out.


Iron Ed said...

Don't worry, Autumn. The look is still better on you! :-)

Anonymous said...

Mmmm...I think I'll have to somewhat disagree there. Certainly her appearance is nice, but the patterns...so bland. Too bland and tasteless for me. Then again, I did go to a Catholic prep school so my perspective isn't unbiased.

Iron Ed said...

I think Autumn's supposed to look blander for this particular picture. After all, Dionne is Little Miss ...something; you know, the pageant girl. :-)

Anonymous said...

Nope. Autumn's dressed normally (for her school girl routine). She's just bland compared to Dionne's taste.