It’s almost the end of November and this will probably be last major painting I will do for this year. Im off for a much deserved holiday to the Philippines this December so I’ll be away for three weeks and that means I wont be doing much painting or drawing while Im there. I always have some ideas for future paintings floating about my head anyways, but they all can wait till next year.
I started painting the face first, with an acrylic underpainting using three primary colors, blue, yellow and red. It created a sort of a cool skin undertone. The subsequent layers were oil, and it took about 4 or 5 layers before I decided I could live with it.
Tip: I use Liquin as my only medium for painting in oil. It speeds up the drying time considerably. Its touch dry after a day, so I can get back to the painting right away considering that Im very impatient and only work on one painting at a time. Also doesn’t smell as nasty as turp and linseed oil.
Next, the skull. I dry painted the skull with very rough strokes. Layering it up again took 3 layers of oil.
I researched some Ukiyo-e or Japanese woodblock prints online as reference for the element on the painting’s background. I tweaked the color to make it appear as if the elements were floating on an overlay layer.
I did the tiny little toy soldiers on the bottom of the painting last. Details, details!
I finished it over the weekend after three weeks of painting 2 to 3 hours everyday. Now to explain the painting:
The painting is of a portrait of purple haired female Japanese pilot. Back in World War 2, kamikaze pilots used to tie bandanas on their heads that depicted the Japanese sun. I suppose when one if flying from the air, everyone on the ground seems toy-like, houses and people. Hence the toy soldiers.
I get questions all the time why my favorite subject is always the woman in the warrior mode. Its simple. What if World War 2 happened now, like right now. I imagine that my modern girl-warrior would go to battle would like this, colored hair, tunnel earring and all.