Atlas 6

Working with the background elements I have filled in the earth a little. I hear it’s mostly water.


Then I work on the background, or the back background, the deep space, all the way in the back background.


Atlas really pops out of that dark color. I am now considering deepening the tones on Atlas by making the shadows darker and in more contrast to the light areas.

But first let’s start painting Orion.


That is a good start but now I am not happy with his tunic. It’s not a skirt. Seriously, Orion the Hunter does not wear a skirt.


Atlas 5

Continuing the flesh tones down into the legs you can see here two different mixes of paint from two different painting sessions. They don’t quite match. Maybe one of the bulbs was out on his tanning bed.

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Yes those toes are tiny. Not easy.

Atlas 4

Let’s paint this thing!

Flesh tones are tough to mix. You can lean to far pink or to far orange and a mythical god does not do spray tan. I am using red, yellow, burnt sienna, and strangely green. This creates a dark “brown” but as you add it to white the flesh color reveals itself. I start with the face which is about the size of your thumb print so I am painting some subtle shapes and letting the pencil marks show through.


Moving down to the muscles the trick is use your darks and lights to shape the muscles by staying true to the light source. My anatomy classes from college are paying off for me here. I dissected a lot of formaldehyde soaked animals learning the underlying structures.


Painting hair is something I haven’t mastered yet. I’ll be doing a lot of repainting in the next few weeks.

Atlas 3

Here is some more work on the sketch including fixing the lion and refining Orion…and you thought nothing rhymed with lion didn’t you? Yes you did.

The circles are place holders for the stars of the constellation that I will paint in later. I have a lot of work to do to push all that into the background.

I think I have the earth nearly finished. That will be interesting to paint.


Finally, a closer look at some of the elements.

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Yes Atlas is a mythical god so why the cheap sandals and loin cloth? Should he not be wearing some kind of gold tunic? Well, holding up the earth is hot and dirty work so consider this his yard work jeans.