Unfortunately I didn't take any photos as I worked, but I think I've cobbled together a few images that will still illustrate the process.
To start on the physical painting, I did a quick digital painting to get in the painter's mindset (form over line) on my iPad in Procreate.
This was to help me practice painting, but also just to come up with the composition of the piece itself that I could transfer on to canvas.
In some ways, this felt like I was moving backwards. I'd just worked up a digital painting to commit to lit forms and here I was reducing that into line again
As I mentioned above, I forgot to take photos during the process, so here's a photo of the traced printout, used graphite paper, and another blank canvas
I wouldn't recommend using something like chipboard as a palette. Since it's absorbant, the colors aren't as true as they will appear on the primed canvas. But the water content will also get sucked into the chipboard and dry everything out quicker than you might like, not to mention that fiber from the chipboard will lift and clog up the end of your brush.
I'm sad I didn't take process photos as I painted this piece. I'd have liked to show how I built up the layers. Once the piece was finished, I scanned it and did a little digital touch up by adding a little bit of highlight to the upper left and shadow to the lower right.
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