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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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.

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That captures the basic shape of it so let’s start refining and adding detail.

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The face and head are a little off but muscles have some mass and density. It’s a good start so keep working.

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I’m jumping all over the place but I have finished Flame Thrower. The fire still isn’t as real as I would like but here is what I came up with. Another one finished. I think this will be a T Shirt. Feel free to let me know what you think.

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Almost flames

Here is the yellow layer. It is a bit strong. I’m going in one more time with a clear orange and try to shape this up a little. Time to move on to something new.

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