Paintblog, February — a long forgotten return

In our last episode, I mentioned that a third canvas had some work done recently.  I decided not to include it in that entry because the number of photos depicting the changes grew rather cumbersome, and I thought it deserved a post of its own just to keep things from growing out of control.  The last time you saw the painting, it looked like this:

If you don’t recognize that, it’s because you haven’t seen it for months.

The area on the right side of that reminded me so strikingly of a strange figure, standing, that that was the direction I went with.  I thought it might be a gathering of strange beings, with that one towering over them as the center of attention.

Since this painting has had the most extensive work done, with many photos taken along the way, I decided not to show them all, but instead focus on highlights.   If you want to see the start-to-finish video, skip to the bottom of this post.

Ironically, the figure to the right which inspired most of this had the least amount of work done.  The major areas changed are highlighted below:

Starting at the top, and moving counter-clockwise, we started with this:

I saw two figures there, the red shadow to the right being the most obvious.

On the left, we went along this path.

He’s got a very nice head-dress thing going.  And you’ve now seen a bit of what happened to his robot friend.  Robot Roll Call!

I’m not crazy about his visor, so he may lose that.  I think he looks a bit more mysterious without any facial features at all.

The next area evolved pretty quickly.

I started with a humanoid face, and then decided there should be at least one face that’s not arranged along human lines.

Finally, we have this area.

I really didn’t know what to do with this, but I started anyway.

There might have been some alcohol involved, there.

Those are the major changes.  As you can see from the full canvas below, there were some other changes as well–the big guy got some kind of head structure, as well as a totally black body behind his shell, and we found a human!  Those areas are very, very, very unfinished, so there really wasn’t much need to focus on them in this entry.

As you can see, I also started to work on the background, as it occurred to me, “Just where the heck are these people, anyway?  In some underground cave, or what?”

I’m thinking of calling it “The Arrival of the Delegates,” and if they’re delegates, they shouldn’t be in some cave somewhere.  They’ll be in a city, I’m thinking.  Incidentally, I’m reminded of Philip K.Dick’s novel Galactic Pot-Healer, which had a huge array of aliens of varying body-types, all gathered on one planet. Not that this is an illustration–it just has a common ancestry.

And if you want to see the full canvas as it went through all of this, here’s the YouTube version.

This work is obviously far from finished, but as I said, I wanted to get something out about it at this stage rather than wait for its completion.  Because who knows how far off that end might be?  The Shadow knows, heh-heh-heh-heh!  Well, great, I’m glad he knows, because I sure as heck don’t.

Thanks for visiting as always, and if you’ve decided not to buy that new Ferrari, you could always hit the tip jar up there at the top!  Ha ha, I slay me.

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