I put out a little call before my trip to Los Angeles to see if anyone would be interested in posing for me. Rivi Madison and I have wanted to work together for months now, so she graciously and enthusiastically offered to work with me. I got some good reference for future paintings. I did want to strike while the iron was hot, so I went ahead and started to paint on this one. The ulterior motive for getting started was also that the Scottsdale Fine Art Salon was coming up on the 26th, and it was the 24th when I started this one, so I had to work quickly. My reference manipulation is down to a science, so I whipped it up in about an hour. Compare that to when I first started and it would take a whole month to prepare a batch of photo reference.
For a few reasons, I decided to take a photo for Instagram after every hour of painting. One, for education. Two, to see how long it would take me to finish. Three, to be able to make an animated GIF with the end photos.
Beginning from the drawing.
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