I have moved over to a practice board to try and find the technique for flames. The last set of flames had too many hard edges. This time I’m laying down some curly shapes for my red layer and blending them out. After I put the orange and yellow/white layers on we can see how I did. Below you can see the before and after blending.
I have had a chance to stay at it today and I’ve gotten a lot done. I just need to finish off the head and wing then make some minor adjustments. I am getting close to starting the flames and I have a whole new approach planned out this time. Yes, planning is a big part of a painting. You have to be careful how things overlap. Overlapping elements help create depth. You also have to plan your darks and lights. A lost edge can be good sometimes but often it is very bad.
Break out your college anatomy books. The key will be to translate the human anatomy to mythical muscles but a lever is a lever and I only need to change the lengths of the muscles. The insertion points remain the same. I’m using many small dabs and stripes of paint and blending after every stroke. It is tedious work but I like how it is coming. Grab a chair this will take a while.