Often, when I’m starting a new painting, I don’t usually think of my concepts, design, or color schemes. That is a bad habit I wanted to break, so for “Rosita” I thought about her color design and composition. I had a general idea of how I wanted her body to be positioned, but the finer details like what her face, eyes, and hair were going to look like were still unclear to me. I don’t often start with a sketch before any painting piece, but I’m starting to really enjoy the helpfulness of having a baby sketch done of the initial design! ʕథ౪థʔ
A fun discovery I came across when painting Rosita was that, by using a crayola marker as a sketching tool before laying on the paint, the marker tint then started to fade through the paint in some areas creating a green glow under her skin. This green glow intensified more when I added the clear gloss sealing medium, which is used to protect paintings once they are complete.
I mostly used acrylic paints to paint her, but I also had a little fun using some shimmer stickers and shimmer string as her accessories. I sign all my paintings with a silver oil based marker after sealing them with the gloss seal for protection. Rosita was a fun little experiment that opened the door for me to work with a little more mixed media type stuff, for example, I’ll probably work more with glitter, flowers, cloth and clay along with acrylics!
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