Process: To Contemplate The Universe

This work came about with the idea of a woman holding two galaxy globes in her hands. I wanted her to be portrayed as contemplative about the shrunken worlds she held.

Once my gridded figure drawing is complete, I transfer the outline to my prepared panel. I then outline the drawing in acid free markers, careful to also lock in some shapes to show color transitions.Her facial expression and the lighting on my model was important for me to capture, so I spent some time mixing up the paints as accurately as possible. I use one glass palette for mixing the oils, then I lay them out on another where I drew a rough outline of the face.