“I remember there was mist… swirling mist upon a vast, glassy lake…. There were candles all around, and on the lake there was a boat… and in the boat, there was a man…..!
Who was that shape in the shadows? Whose is the face in the mask?”
Finally went back and finished this composition that I’d roughed out and posted *months* ago. First in a series of lots of Phantom vis dev work that I’ll be posting in the near future. I’m going back to my roots and building up my vis dev/ character design portfolio.
This one was for my friend Lauren, who I met while she was modeling Eileen Fisher at the Bloomingdale’s event last fall. It’s a Christmas present for her fiancé- they just got engaged (twice over, I might add) earlier this month!
This was one of those times I jumped into the piece and got ahead of myself, which caused a lot of struggle with composition and values, but I like how it turned out in the end. Still, it’s a reminder to stick with the process and remember that a solid drawing will produce a solid painting.
After I gifted my friends with a wedding portrait a year and a half ago, the Maid of Honor from that wedding commissioned me to do one for her brother and his fiancé. I was told there were actual tears of joy. I love making people cry.
I wanted to imagine what it would be like if the Capitol advertised the tributes during the victory tour as if they were happy, sexy people, putting on a show like the Moulin Rouge. I based this concept on Rene Gruau’s posters for the famous cabaret.