based on the drawing I did last October.
this was much harder than I thought it would be. the drawing was done in pen and pencil, so I was able to get the shading and detail I wanted with no problem. in painting it, I had to figure out how to get realistic skin tones, and small decorative details with a brush- something that I never attempted up until now. initially, I meant to do the whole thing with paint and brush, but when it came to the lettering, I wanted it to stand out and be clean, so I did that in paint marker, hopefully making it more solid and legible. there are other details that I drew or highlighted with those markers, though I kept them to a minimum since it creates a glossy texture that doesn’t quite go with the rest of the piece. another thing I did to emphasize the letters, was to give the rest of the painting soft shading, and almost no solid white. the strands on her hair aren’t sharp, or solid, because I wanted the “Los Angeles” to be the only thing that’s ‘high def’ so to speak. I couldn’t capture it in the photos, but the drips are done with multiple layers of paint, so that if you were to run your fingers across the piece, you can feel them. achieving the textures and going out of my comfort zone to do this lettering was challenging, but ultimately, a great experience.
acrylic paint and paint marker on 16 x 20 canvas.