Friday, December 23, 2011

Asian Lady ~ Final Version.

Btw, finally got around to answering some of a bunch of Comments in Last Few Posts.. (so skip down to hear me make bad jokes, shamelessly suck up to you for writing in, or just shoot the shit along with the everybody else.)

Okay, now (drum roll) to bring this Asian Woman painting to some sort of  ... Dramatic Conclusion.

i'm starting with her face first...

.. this nose of hers always bugged me a little..

..sticks out a little too far.. so i'm moving it in slightly.

sorta hard to see at this angel, but here's a dirty low-rez photo of her nose before, then after, so you can see what i mean..

since we're not in a photoshop fairy tale~land, the only way is to paint over the nose, then rework it inside her cheek.. i

Above, if you look closely, you came see her old nose under the white acrylic paint, where it used to stickiout over her cheek..

So, a little anal... but whatever...

Meanwhile i'll try to touch up some details i want to show up in the ads themselves.

I'm tempted to just fully work some flesh color skin tones down and re-paint her face fresh, but .. once upon a time..

i a ga-zillion years ago... was TRYING to do a Non-Labrious Simple little Brush Study of her face...

..which as we all see... somehow turned into adding the Antique Trout Ads... 

..then turned into Defacing said Trout ads... so their all mangled, torn and grungy looking.. (which i did like, though i missed the empty version too)... 

..which that THEN turned into moving her nose..

and adding some brown pen work to her face, (which was my way of trying to still keep her face from being totally over-worked).. 

and which has NOW it's turned into my feeling like the the Trout Ads are too jarring by themselves. 

so now i'm recklessly adding some white Acrylic, to soften the edges where the Ads meet the white Illustration board ... 

I have a feeling it could either look Really Cool.. 

... or look totally Sucky.. 

 .. either way, too late to flinch now.

Now i'm sorta starting to *like* these rough textured edges the tissue gives the acrylic white makes over the Trout Ads, so i leave them rough in some places... 

other places, i work Acrylic in more smoothly.. even finger painting it in too. (which is nothing new, lots of folks finger paint - just ask any kid!) 

I try to work some darker Red Ochre into the Ads at the top ...  so your eye doesn't get lost in all that detail. 

Okay, darker on top, with sight spilling between the Trout Ads ... then the bottom getting very translucent. 

so, were left with ~ what? (other than this piece of tissue paper i forgot to pick up?) 


and this...

.. the FINAL (quasi-bastardized) version of the original asian woman painting! 

I think i'm fond of both versions... for different reasons. Glad i took a few shots of the before though, just to see how it morphed ( or mutated?) ... into whatever it finally became. 

i still feel... like... *something* ... just got lost in this later Trout version.. i'll always have sympathy for the first brush version of her and all that white behind her.

but it's all moot now.  Two hours later, the paint's dried - and it's all over.  Each painting we do is sorta just a little snap shot of who we were when we painted it, eh?

And clearly i was waaay into excessively decorating the crap out of this sucker.

But , hey... least i had fun trying something new.


cody said...

Both are awesome but I really like the new version its seems more dramatic. great post.

El Bastardo said...

What did we do to deserve this many updates! *happytear* You rock Sam! Happy holidays!

JackalFive said...

I love the final version with the trout ads. Too cool. Thank you so much for sharing all of this.

jlosacco said...

I love the final version. The original was great too, but the final looks more finished, more evolved.

ape7566 said...

I think I see what you mean the wrapping of the adds around then behind the figure may be where the painting gets the busy feeling. Maybe if you fade come color in the bottom of the piece to balance it out. It just feels to white at the bottom. But I may be speaking out of tern you have been doing this for longer than I have.

ant said...

i agree with ape, i'd like to see some more work done on this piece, i vote for a round three, not that it doesn't look awesome as is...

Georgia said...

I like them both a lot, but the final version is much more rich. It seems to have more of a narrative quality, even if we're just creating the story for ourselves. It's great!

Aaron Desira said...

The white background says to me the Asian lady is stepping into the white void of the afterlife, but the new version says shes stepping into an alley in the back streets of (bangkok? Tokyo? Beiging?) asia. Looks like two different paintings to me. The trout ads are so cool, I love mock 1900's ads and propaganda ( not the war kind so much though) you may feel like your in a rut but it doesn't look like it

Guy Kozowyk said...

Beautifully done. Understanding the process makes it so much better.

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