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The background is standing out a bit too much so to knock it down without changing the subtle tones I am mixing Ultramarine Blue with a lot oil to make a clear. The car guys call it a “candy”. Just put a nice smooth coat over everything in the background and go from this:

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To this:

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I am still wrestling with the skin tones on Atlas. Darker or not? Feel free to let me know what you think.

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Continuing with Orion in the background,Atlas93That looks pretty bright for a background but let’s get it done.

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Finishing up the heads, it’s time to step back for a moment.

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You can see I am making decisions on the fly for Orion’s tunic or kilt or whatever mythical gods call their man skirt. I have an idea on how to tone that background down. Tune in tomorrow to see how.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Atlas 2; refining and background

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.

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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.

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Hummingbird refined base colors more

One last pass at giving shape and volume before starting on the feathers. I’ve used lighter colors to create some depth but not bright enough to match the colors of the feathers I will lay over this later. Think of it as bird underwear.

“I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency.” Foghorn Leghorn

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