Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Marketplace - Process - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

Today I am sharing the process and steps that went into my Marketplace painting that I created last year. This painting is part of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia project and helped with creating the (Irritated) Girasol as well as a little bit of world building on my end. This piece very much lead into many of my ideas finally coming together regarding the Grand Bazaar and helped kick off my major push to focus almost completely on this project. To start things off, here is how the final painting of Marketplace turned out...

Marketplace
11 x 14 - Acrylic on board 
Original - Currently not available 
© 2016 Christopher Burdett

Even with my own work there is always a digital thumbnail(s) to start things off. I shot my reference as needed and work out my ideas digitally till everything is working and I have enough to move forward into my final drawing. When it is a personal piece I am only ever working on one thumbnail since I am responding directly to what I am working on and do not need to show an art director multiple ideas and concepts. I very much went into this piece with an intended plan and idea. I wanted the shadow to fall over the face of the Girasol with her eyes glowing in the darkness. She would be surrounded by her items for sale and I hoped the piece would be a quiet moment as the
Girasol waited for customers. I did consider some legs of customers to be in the extreme foreground, but in the end did not go with it since detracted and complicated the piece unnecessarily. Here is my thumbnail for Marketplace...

Marketplace - Thumbnail
11 x 14 - Digital
© 2016 Christopher Burdett

All in all it was a straight forward concept. I knew how my wife needed to pose for the image and I think it all came together in the thumbnail. With everything working it was time to work out all the details and flesh out the piece as a finalized drawing...

Marketplace - Drawing
14 x 17 - Acrylic on board 
Original - Currently not available 
© 2016 Christopher Burdett

With the drawing completed it was time to get to work on the painting, which turned out to be the most difficult part of the piece. Actually, the most difficult part was the early stage - the ugly stage - of the painting. It was just not coming together and the entire piece was just not working. I thought I had it all worked out, but pieces were not falling into place. I spun my wheels with the background and color choices for way too long. I work back to front, and I was bogged down in the back with no clear way to work up to the front. I finally began to make progress when I switched gears, really focused on my reference and started fresh with the foreground elements of the bowls and baskets. That was the eureka moment and the entire painting began come together for me. I focused on something I could look at a relate to and the rest of the painting then responded to those initial referenced pieces. I changed some elements along the way and made sure everything was working better together. You should be able to see the struggle in the process images and how things began to change once I started working on the foreground elements...

Marketplace - Process progression

Once that fruit bowl took shape painting really came together. I never expected that I would have so much fun painting those bowls, but I did. Here is an animated progression of the painting so that you can get a better look at the evolution of the piece...

Marketplace - Animated process

As mentioned before, this was the first appearance of the (Irritated) Girasol. I would revisit her again when I created the official drawing that would be used for the entry of the Irritated Girasol in the book. Here is final drawing for the Irritated Girasol...

Irritated Girasol
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Finally, another look at the final painting for Marketplace to see how it compares to the Irritated Girasol. Keep in mind these are not the same Girasol. The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia will share more about the Girasol people and why they are irritated. More on this in the coming months!

Marketplace
11 x 14 - Acrylic on board 
Original - Currently not available 
© 2016 Christopher Burdett

That is all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog, see you back here on Friday! Until then...

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