All colored in

OPO final

I finished this commission last week and I must admit it was one of the more difficult ones.  It was on the smaller side at 10×8, but there was a lot of detail packed in there. Between the stone accents, the offsets, the brick, and the grand staircase/entryway, the facade was quite complicated.

And then there was the truck.  Having never drawn a vehicle before, I approached it with trepidation.  Plus it was such a prominent feature that held some importance to the client and the building owner as the gift recipient, I almost felt more pressure getting the truck right than the building itself!  LOL  As such a bright color, it could easily have overpowered the large building behind.

Still, I am happy at how it turned out – as is the client, which is the most important thing.

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  1. Des
    Nov 29, 2018 @ 09:18:58

    There’s so many things to like about this painting! I wondered beforehand how much the truck would dominate the scene after the colors were added, but you made all of them work well together. I like the stronger colors of the plant in the pot too, it seems to provide some balance or continuity….I’m not sure what exactly, but I like it! Glad to hear the client liked it too.

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  2. ruthsartwork
    Nov 29, 2018 @ 11:06:40

    Thanks, Des. I was concerned that the red truck would dominate too much, but the reddish brick on the sidewalk, street and building in the background helped counteract it. I spent a lot of time “tweaking” at the end, more than usual, but I think it paid off. Usually I have to worry about overworking it and just stop. The figures in the car were problematic too as I didn’t want them to be too obvious but not too ghostly either.

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