The blog for the commissioned piece, Bonair Reef for Ryan Zapisocki.
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Photos Used - thanks to Zap for his photos!
Rough Design Sketch - establishing basic form.
Basic colour sketch with pencil crayons.
From here, two basic studies were identified. One which followed the photo, the other which incorporated several other items found in the reference photos.
Study 1 - based on the photo
Things to note about the study
- It is painted on a small 8 x 10 canvas which does not have the same dimensions as the actual canvas we will be using.
- It is used to determine colour and basic features, not for fine detail
- I plan on adding more fish taken from the reference photos
- Some colours aren't exact.
Key differences between the two studies
- Study 2 - you can see the surface and there is more light streaming down
- Study 2 - there are tall columns in the difference
- Study 1 - a lot darker
- Study 1 - open left side, Study 2 has a ship
Things I'd like to improve on for the final painting
- Add more height to the coral in the foreground, more rocks
- Add brain coral somewhere
- Make the fan coral look more fan-like
- more fish
The Burnt Sienna background helps the blues be a bit more vibrant. I'll continue working on the background again today, adding some more depth and all that fun stuff!
Update: February 25, 2016
Still working on the coral beds on the right side, but after a few more hours they will be complete. Then I will move on to adding in the ship on the left hand side. With notes from Zap, I'll be seeing if I can find better photos to add a bit more detail into the ship.
Update: March 4th, this set of photos is from my previous session. I finished the coral on the right hand side and moved onto the central ridge of coral.
Update: March 4, 2015
Update: March 5, 2015