Probably the most well received piece Ive ever made. Painting it was more a focussed performance rather than a process. I just turned up the music and got lost in it. As usual Im fascinated with the light in shallow water. The cool and the warm mingling in the same space. The intersection of opposites, and the emphasis of inevitable duality. Its the single recurring theme in all my work.
Afterburner is a mutant of sorts, a girl who has been infused with the power of a sun barely contained within a shinning full body containment suit (which, true to genre, is also skin tight ). For this reason, I decided to treat AB as more of a negative space (though I couldn't leave her completely untouched) with a more cosmic scene of sorts behind her. To bring her fiery nature into the piece, I played around with the border of the scene, fading it out into flame like forms and bringing that to her eyes. While a part of me wishes the "space" area were darker, I wasn't sure how I could achieve that in watercolor and keep the flames I was working in bright and powerful so i opted for a lighter purplish tone.
Medium: watercolor on 300lbs hotpressed watercolor paper.