Prelude to the Tempest (Nudity)

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  02 February 2006
Prelude to the Tempest (Nudity)

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Something, based on a live model sketch. This will be Miranda, reclining on some rocks on the edge of the sea, looking out at the water as the sky darkens and storm clouds gather. It's meant to capture the moments before the story of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" begins.

(Can you see the image below? Not sure if I'm having a problem with my image hosting service...)

For now, here is the basic figure (charcoal on paper sketch, about 18" x 24"):

This will become a Photoshop/Painter project. More to come...

Last edited by billcunningham : 03 March 2006 at 07:14 AM. Reason: Adding current image for top of thread
  02 February 2006
Very good model study . Looks really great so far, only thought is mayber her lower knee needs to be slightly larger...
  02 February 2006
Layout Collage

Thanks Brownboot! Can you elaborate on the problem you see with the lower knee? I'll be getting to the figure in probably a couple of days again, and I'll bee finishing off that leg at that time... not sure what you mean by needing it to be bigger?

Here is a rough draft of the composition assembled from a collage of photos I took. It uses about 6 different photos of rocks, sea and sky, duplicated, overlapped, flipped and rotated, just to get the general shope of things. Most likely almost all of this will get painted over, but it gives me a basis for colors and large shapes. The ligiting is all over the place, but the final lighting in the picture will match that of the figure sketch:

more to come...

Last edited by billcunningham : 02 February 2006 at 06:43 AM.
  02 February 2006
One more update tonight...

Smudging, blending, fooling with color a bit... still this is just the base, I'll be painting over this quite extensively:

  02 February 2006
While I like your figure sketch very much I must say, being the practical guy rather, that this looks like a very uncomfortable place to lie down naked....
  02 February 2006
Well, the lower knee looks smaller than the upper knee which suggests the upper knee is closer, which very well could be, it just makes the pose seem really awkward. If you enlarged the lower knee I think it would bring that knee closer to the viewer and help set the upper knee back in the picture.

Maybe you could have the ship just on the horizon off to the left (is only vaguely familiar with the tempest). As a western thinker and right handed person when I look at a picture I look left->right, it might add to the composition. Might not. I'm not sure, just a thought :P.
  02 February 2006

Yes, it does look rather uncomfortable... most likely it will look a tiny bit more plausable in a bit. Still some real work to do on the rock "seat", and she may gain some clothing as well, still working that out.

But this is a picture sort of in that tradition of "sea maidens" and nerieds that tends to go in for more elementalism than practicality.

I will keep some level of plausability in mind, though.

(Also, thanks for elaborating on the knee... upper leg is definately the further away, but I still don't see problem you see. It looks about the right size to me...)
  03 March 2006
Realigning light

Here's an update, concentrating on the background. Didn't have as much time tonight as I wanted, so this is more incremental than I would have liked, but I'm trying to at least post one update per day:

So... in the photos I montaged to lay out the form of the rocks, the sunlight was all coming from the wrong direction. In retrospect, I probably should have flipped the images first, but it's too late for that now, so instead I've been trying to shade and highlight the forms. You can see the pics are disappearing now into the painting, which is (I hope) becoming more of it's own unique thing.

Also some blending and adjustment to color, contrast, brightness, and a little cast light to improve the mood and unity.

Still a ways to go... I probably won't bring the figure back in until this setting is further along.

I believe there was a cloud tutorial posted here recently... think I'll be seeking that out as well.

P.S. - Brownboot... I'm dwelling on that knee now, and I think I'm starting to see the problem. I think all this focus on the background is starting to let me see that figure as though someone else drew it, and you're right, there is a proportion problem there. I will definately try to fix that when I bring her back into the picture.

Funny how you can't see things when you're too close. Should have flipped that pic horizontally when you first mentioned it, the problem would have probably been evident to me in the inversion.

Anyway, thanks for the observation!

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  03 March 2006
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