Going big – final effect

My big project is already finished and now you can see result of it.

I think it is enormous!!! It has 180cm x 100 cm, varnished and it is hanging on main wall in living room between two lamps. I look at it every day and I’m proud of myself I finished it and I like it so much.

Do you see some details which I added from previous time? Yes/no? Of course – it is third tree next to gate and people in windows. You thought it is abonded city? Suprise! – it is not, in this fantasy city people live and are happy – probably.

Some question which some people asked me about it and I am happy to answer it:

  1. Why grayscale? It is enormous so maybe colorfull will be better? – Colorfull would be overwhelming. Beside all my home is in black-white-gray colours with some yellow accent so colours was chosen to fit to the apartment.
  2. What polar bear is doing there? – I think this is the question which everyone asks yourself. The answer is – polar bear has a function to the art recipient stopped in front of this painting at the very moment and asked yourself exactly this question. The polar bear make you wonder what about is this art.

If you have more questions about this painting – don’t hesitate to ask.

Going big VI – more houses, more bricks – still not finished

All houses in the city painted, second arch painted even two trees appeared. Paints are on every inch of canvas so you can think why it is not finished yet? It still need some details which I decided and there were omitted in sketch.

Now I can tell that I decided to give up yellow paint as on sketch. I still think it is very good idea but I do not feel confident with my skills. I am afraid I can destroy effect which I already see. As I wrote some posts before big scale means every mistake is very good seen by everyone who is looking on it. What is more this project is made for home use and that means this painting will be hanging in our living room – everyday I will want to look at something nice without mistakes.

One curiosity – to paint two trees on first plan I used ear buds – it is also easy way to paint detailed trees.

Are you ready to see final effect? …. coming soon

Going big V – stairs, more stairs and some houses

The work is on… from left to right… – that means next step was stairs and more stairs and some houses.

Every day when I start to continue paint I see some details which need to be corrected imediately in previous stage which I thought was ready. These situations prolong time to finish my big project but they are also necessary for the success of this project.

Lots of time I spent with houses’ roofs because I focused on detailes of tiles.

Going big IV – castle, forest and polar bear

Almost half of space on canvas was coverd by paints.

Next progress in my big project is the castle, forest and the bear – strictly polar bear. Bigger scale has a big adventage that all details is easier to catch. On the other hand it is also big disadventage when some detail is made incorrectly you can’t hide it. So every mistake is seen very clearly.

Forest was painted by using fan brush. I like it and use it very often. It is easy way to make nice trees. Adding polar bear gave a little of life to this picture. Don’t you see?

Going big III – Gates and roofs with stony arcs

Keeping the tempo, and making some progress.

The real trick with greyscale drawing – is to capture shadow in right place, the way how light is spreading. With bigger scale, on big image you can ligth up things diffrently, you’re getting more control on light spread.

See how lantern and candle are glowing now! Compare to old sketch ( https://shemel.group/2021/06/28/bear-in-fantasy-world-second-version/ )

Going big II – Art of planning

The work on image continues. I expected two months of work with this project. Why so long? Well, it is a time consuming hobby + kids + family + other work = nothing is going to be done fast and on time!

I. Planning and look for inspiration

II. Make sketch

III. Prepare tools and materials (paints, canvas, orginize workplace – is not a joke this one! Try to paint on a floor!

IV. Sketch on canvas – resized version of small sketch. Time when little troubles becomes bigger and nastier. This passage wasn’t drawn cleary? Now fill it with some details as it has just became HUGE!

V. The longest and the most exciting part of actual painting. Marvelous process, when your idea is becoming live. Step by step. Starting from clouds, mountains. Moving slowly towards roads and roofs.

Clouds and mountains – near finished

On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres – stickers on boys wardrobe

Some weeks ago you could see stickers on girl’s wardrobe. This is time to show you stickers on boy’s wardrobe, which I designed on my own. I inspired space theme. As you can see on the picture, at the left bottom corner there is a rocket with a bear inside it. Picture of bear i rocket you could also see 2 weeks ago but what is new – planets and asteroids. I painted eight planet of solar system, Earth’s moon and also one additional object – Ceres which is the biggest dwarf planet in asteroid belt.

When I look at this composition I think of one major question: If all planets are visible, where launch from the rocket at the bottom? Maybe it is some asteroid or maybe this is something different. Hmmm, I think this question has no answer.