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From The Gothamist's photo series on a body painting event in New York, last July. The photo report is a fantastic source of different body types, with the added complication that their paint work tends to distort and obfuscate the normal challenge. It was fun working on this image, and I could easily have had many more hours of fun getting all the details right. The photos were made in a public place, which renders the issue of permissions from the models moot. This pregnant lady with a phoenix on her body was one of about a hundred participants in the event, and was prominently featured in one good, clear photo. I didn't do the background this time - instead I wanted to focus on painting just one part of the scene.



Problem is, I can't paint worth shit. Never have been. I can draw a little, on a good day, but when it comes to painting, I'm never sure what I'm even supposed to do. This will have to change in 2016.



Basic drawing in Sketchbook Pro, 2 layers, pencil layer on top. Heavily adjusted in Photoshop so that at least the magentas more or less matched what was in the picture. Learning how to use Adjustments and what their limitations are has been an unexpected bonus to this project, but eventually I will have to sit down and get my drawing tablet properly colour calibrated, because the level of deviation between screens is ridiculous.

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