Tuesday, October 14, 2008

painting of Bee (Ruby) part 1

I started the painting of Bee (short for Ruby), the MC in my NaNoWriMo novel. This is a different process from the one I used for Sheila, the zombie cheerleader. This time I did a pencil sketch, then used black paint to re-sketch over the pencil lines, changing things that didn’t work and adding in the trees in the background.



I don’t usually paint people like this, they’re either kids and parents in picture books, or they are abstract figures. All-in-all, I’m liking the way it looks so far. Bee seems a little younger than YA, but at least she doesn’t look like she’s five. What do you think?

The next step is color. I’m going to use thin washes / glazes of acrylic to start, then who knows what will happen. ;)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

10 comments:

  1. I think she looks YA. The expression on her face and the way her hair hangs makes me think of a YA somewhere 13-16.

    Cool picture!

    Christy

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  2. I'd peg her YA age too. Something about the cut of her hair and the bridge of her nose.

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  3. Thanks Christy and Jacqui! It's good to know she looks YA age too - phew!

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  4. I agree...she looks like a brooding teenager to me...the drawing alone makes me curious about her story...

    Good luck with her in November...

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  5. I agree, she looks like she could be in the 13-16 age range. I like the bees, too. Looking forward to the color version.

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  6. She reminds me of my daughter, who is 17. Very cool pic!

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  7. Thanks Brenda, Adrienne, and Rena! The reassurance on her age is really great. I'm working on the color now.

    Thanks for the luck too Brenda!

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  8. Ditto ditto ditto. I like how she's almost hiding behind her hair. Makes me curious to know more about her.

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  9. Love her! Thanks for sharing your process with us!
    Bee looks like something is on her mind...

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  10. Thanks Carrie! It's nice to hear that the painting makes you curious about Bee.

    Thanks Kelly! Bee does have something on her mind ;)

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