The Detective

This is an example of how I sometimes go about creating a painting, as seen in this example “the detective”.

So, this is the method I commonly use, but not limited to, in creating a painting:

Step 1: Thumbnail. Just a quick and small direct output of my idea to canvas.

Step 2: Rough sketch. I start to create definite lines that i want to keep, that will act as a template for adding form and value.

Step 3: This is a really fun step where I now add form to the line, and begin to create the emotion I’m after by creating value and lighting.
The next step for the image below is color!

Step 4: Color. This is also a fun and crucial step in creating the emotion you want. A good tip is to limit your color palette.Nothing worse than going in without a solid plan of the colors you want, and the emotion you wish to convey.

Step 5: I like to give myself 4-5 days away from the painting, then, I go in with fresh eyes and adjust any “mistakes” that I find.