While refining the sketch of Atlas I have completely redrawn the head. I changed the tilt of his head to create a more somber almost regretful or defeated expression. Draping his hair over his face creates a sense of fatigue.
I have started drawing the earth which has cracked open as it landed having been shrugged off or dropped from shoulder level. I once watched a weight lifter try one too many reps and he dumped 600 pounds off his shoulders. The bar crashed to the floor and rocked the entire gym. It was quite an attention grabber.
I began researching how the stars in the background would look and I did a little reading about the Orion constellation. Orion is known as the Hunter and often appears hunting a lion with a club. In a black and white sketch Orion appears more prominent than he will in the finished painting. I need to keep him subtle enough not to draw attention away from the central figure of Atlas.
This next painting is straight from my own imagination. I have been painting a lot lately and as I work through this one I think I can’t help but think I have polished my chops a bit. I have a long way to go but I really feel I am getting there. Let’s start sketching.
That captures the basic shape of it so let’s start refining and adding detail.
The face and head are a little off but muscles have some mass and density. It’s a good start so keep working.
At this point all the elements are in and the painting is nearly finished. Time stop and think on it a bit.One more good going over to adjust some of the tones. Now I think it is time to send this one on its way.
I decided early on to leave a lot of white space on this one to give it a quick and loose feel. This is the sort of thing, when viewed years later, that makes you either want to try it again or realize it was not such a good idea after all.
The fire protection gear is a very bright yellow. The problem then becomes what color are shadows on yellow? That one had me stumped so I grabbed some paint and took the time to do a color test of yellows.
After a quick consultation with the artist Ryan Marshall to make some decisions I began painting the folds in the jacket.