I Bring Life Picture

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Finally I have this painting here as I always wanted it. I had a love/hate relationship with my senior art class. I'm not going to lie, I've done some of my best traditional work in that class because it was nonstop practice everyday, but my art didn't grow how I wanted it. I was aiming to turn it into an anatomy/life drawing study course, but was geared towards abstraction and stylising. This is all fine and dandy, but without a handle on the basics, I produced pretty paintings but a good majority of them were well out of proportion and awkwardly posed. I think I'll try to break into some life drawing classes up here on campus.

Take this painting for example- I'd intended it to be a male anatomy study, but I decided on an art nouveau-esque version of the Green Man with a forest background because in many of Mucha's paintings he was all about organic, curving natural backgrounds. I dunno how the geometric shapes or whatever originally got worked in there. Originally, I was intending to paint this in oils to study the medium more...the whole purpose of me buying an expensive Ampersand gessobord, but things didn't work out that way.

I will return to this though, and tweak it more to get the background just right. I'm not happy with the lighting right now, and I'm going to refine some of the rougher details, but overall this isn't bad for a speed repaint. I feel like something's missing here- a sun disk which the yellow half disk around his face is supposed to be, but I feel like it should somehow be more radiant. I'll have to experiment more with this.

Total Time Duration: 2 hour speed repaint

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