Friday, September 19, 2008
Vintage Friday - Breakfast at Tiffany's
I've painted this on mat board, so it has a lovely beveled edge. I also used artistic license to change the color of the cat - I wanted a more monochromatic painting, so opted for a grey kitty on her shoulders.
This started out as a pencil sketch on regular sketch pad paper - I didn't want to do much erasing on the mat board. From there I transferred only the faintest necessary lines to the mat board using soft (6b) graphite pencil and tracing paper (I used a soft pencil so that I wouldn't have to press hard and leave any indents on the final piece).
I used india ink first for the outlines, then erased any pencil marks still showing. From there I mixed a very pale wash of permanent rose and raw ochre for Audrey's skin and the cat's pink details, allowing it to completely dry. I added more rose to the mix and went back for a second wash to define the shadows.
Her hair was painted with Sodalite Genuine first (this is a really cool grey from Daniel Smith, made from genuine sodalite) - I also added more water to the pigment and used it for the first wash on the cat.
When that dried, I used pure black on the hair, leaving a little Sodalite showing through for highlights & interest. I added Indanthrone blue mixed with Burnt Sienna (to make a warmer grey) to Audrey's eyeshadow and the subsequent layers of the cat - adding more blue with each layer. Finally, a touch of Cerulean blue on the necklace and the left side of her neck to cool it down a little, and also dabbed into the cat's eyes (which were initially yellow).