Ardent Shadows

Gothic Fantasy paintings by Jemima Mantle



Continuing Painting Progress

This week I’ve been painting the background and have started to add some shadows around the figure. Even though at this stage the background is simply an exercise to block in some colour, I still want to add a sense of where the figure fits into the canvas. Until you add shadows the figure is simply hanging in space with no idea of how it fits into the over all composition. As you can see I have painted over where the hair falls down passed the figure. I am still roughing in elements of this painting and it’s very much a painting in progress. Elements like the hair will be some of the final details I paint however I like to create a sense of what it will look like early to help me balance the various compositional elements. I’ve also started to further fill in extra details to the mask. I thought red lenses in the mask may be an interesting design element but whether or not they make it into the final piece is a decision that won’t be made for a some time.


Painting Progress

Sometimes progress comes in massive waves and sometimes in little ripples. This week’s progress shows me balancing out the colour across the entire canvas as discussed in my last post. Although there is not much progress to really look at this week I felt it was important to keep it in the series to illustrate the timeline. It may not look remarkably different but there was a lot of painting hours invested in the colour work. I’ve also started to add shading and shape to the mask in exploration of its form.


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