In many ways, this is a painting about a tattoo.
The model, Emily, has this fantastic literary tattoo on her left shoulder, an amalgam of phrases from a variety of books. She had asked if this could appear in some of the pieces I did with her. I really do like incorporating ideas that the models bring to these pieces, and I had actually taken the reference photo of her to spotlight the tattoo itself, working with the lighting in order to be able to use the tattoo as a neon light source.
I wanted to do something different with the wing pattern from most previous pieces, adding an additional source of propulsion. The circles indicate some sort of anti-gravity thruster placements. At this stage, I was debating as to whether those would also be light sources, or if they were simply turned off.
The setting is loosely based on some photos I had taken underneath a bridge, adding to the overall story of the world all this is taking place in being (at least mostly) destroyed.
Flat colours indicating the various layers for the metal pieces. As with the previous pieces, this is done in Photoshop, RGB, 12"x18", 300 dpi.
Hair layers created.
Various layers created for the wings. I was still thinking about using the anti-gravity pods as light sources, hence the one continuous colour layer used for them.
Basic colour layers for the background dropped in.
Modelling completed on the background. There is clearly some sort of dust storm going on around this destroyed bridge.
Wings painted. Because I didn't want to take emphasis away from the tattoo pattern on the shoulder, I decided to drop the idea of using the anti-gravity pods as an additional light source, instead just having them reflect the off-camera light.
Basic metal modelling completed. This illustrates how I prefer to do the initial painting of metal in shades of grey, tweaking and adjusting the colour later.
Metal colour tweaked to push it into cool tones, to contrast with the warm background. The tattoo pattern has been added in and lit up.
More fog and dust effects getting in amongst the girders to add a bit more depth, as well as final metal polishing and lighting effects added in.
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