Here it is cleaned up with a hairdo makeover for the elf woman. I wetted some of the colored pencil strokes to blend them on her face. Modified her facial features to beautify and give more contour. Blocked in some crystals. Colored in some areas. Outlined some. I like it so much at this stage, I don't want to do too much more. I'd like to darken the cave background so that it creates contrast for the crystals. I plan to add color to oil lantern and maybe add details to her clothing. I was thinking of black lace for her neck band and hands, but I like the whiteness. I need dark areas in the cave walls if I'm going to dot them with small crystal sparkles.
The concept: An elven woman in a cave. She holds a candle lantern. The lantern light shines on crystal studded walls, making a dazzling display. The play of light against darkness in the candle-lit room is planned to be a key feature. It will be developed at the end of the process. For now, I'm laying out composition. Maybe she needs a pet dragon on her right shoulder?
The beginning stages of my artwork for this month's Enchanted Visions theme. I'll give it a title soon. I have a few possibilities. It parallels my external situation in some ways. I've been visiting Sacred Chambers for personal spiritual purposes. I'm thinking of calling it Secret Chambers. Or I can just make it more generic and call it Crystal Cave. To be decided.
To bring it to this stage, I did a rough graphite sketch onto 11" x 14 " sketch paper. The outer dimension of this represents that size. The blue rectangles are tape. They attach a smaller piece of paper onto which I sketched a revision of the elven woman's face. In an earlier version, her face was narrower. I widened it.
The current theme at Monthly Fantasy Art Auctions is Steampunk Fairy. It got me thinking about Victorian lace for her hands and neck. I researched fingerless gloves yesterday. I liked the ideas that came to me to make the lace black. I added small indications to her hands and neck area of lace. I plan to refine those areas to show fingerless lace gloves & a lace choker at her neck. I'd like to extend the lace choker to be attached to the V-neck of her clothing. I'll play with it until I get desired results. I'm thinking of make the lace color black, but that might change to dark green or blue. A vision I had of the color harmony in the final artwork was in burnt sienna, blues, and greens. I still have to land on what materials I'll use. Maybe colored pencil combined with paint and alcohol marker pens. I haven't picked the paint yet. Leaning toward acrylic, but maybe watercolor or water-based oils.
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