Hey y'all. This was my illustration homework for last week. We had to do an illustration for the Russian fairy tale, Vasilisa the Beautiful.
I did this pretty much right after finishing up watching the completely awesome Dan Dos Santos video, so I really tried to imitate his working process. Though I kinda had to make it a little more of an alla prima procedure, since I only had a couple days to paint it. Still, I really felt I learned a lot from the video. The two main things: get reference! It helped when doing that face soooo much. And secondly, do a good drawing before messing with paint. That way I know whether something is going to look alright before I even begin painting. Oh, and one more thing: get the color right. Don't just keep pushing around bad color hoping it'll get good. If you haven't bought the video, do so now.
It's already been turned in for the assignment, so I probably won't work on it any longer, but I'd love some crits on it if you don't mind.
Oils on illustration board. 16x20"
EDIT: Oh, and the colors are a little screwy from the original. Not too bad, though. The dark areas look much nicer on the original.
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dashinvaine: Thanks. Yeah, I think you're right. That mouth was kinda bothering me when I painted it, but I hadn't even noticed the eyebrow. Good catch.
sone_one: Thanks so much for the paintover. Definitely see some things in there that I like. Hmm... Now, which ones to do.
Elwell: Dangit, Elwell. Now I just have to fix it. But you're right, I ran out of time before I finished it as well as I wanted to. Any areas in particular you think I should fix?
Oh, and a general question: one of the crits I got during my class was the dark areas on the bottom right and the top of the piece were too empty for a lot of the people (they wanted to crop it down a bit). What are all of y'all's thoughts on this?
I can't say the dark, empty areas bother me. They probably should be that dark, and you don't want too much else there to distract from the main subject. If this were a book cover they would also be handy places to put the author's name and the title. Maybe, though, you could reduce the lower space a bit by having some locks of her hair falling into it. Her hair seems a bit of a solid mass at present. I would always be reluctant to crop an actual painting, though you can obviously crop photos of it, and cover some of the original with a mount board if you want to reduce the area displayed at any given time.
I think Sone One's paint over was very good.