Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I Never Metamorphosis I Didn't Like

This weekend I saw to another Dali commission based on his 1937 painting, Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

The client wanted to see some process photos and I was happy to oblige. After the initial drawing was inked in, I started with a light wash of all the colors to establish some values.

From there it's all about building up layers until everything's opaque; pushing the range of values. Believe it or not, a piece as detailed as this one is a full-day affair.

I worked all the larger area first, saving all the tiny details for last. Notice the lack of figures in the background, ants on the hand, crack in the thumbnail, etc.

And finally, all these steps together in sequence.

A metamorphosis indeed.