SKETCH DIARY: Lady of July Part 4

Here we are at the final stretch before I transfer this painting to paper!  This part seems as easy as coloring in the major forms to look pretty, but I assure you it isn’t, or at least it’s never that easy for me! I agonized with how to make these colors harmonize while still featuring the July birthstone of Ruby as a central theme.

Number 1 was my first instinct for color.  The teal of the background really pops the ruby red of the Lady. However, with purple, blue, and orange mixed in, there were too many primary colors that were fighting for dominance.  Not to mention the overall scheme was too dark, causing the Lady to be lost in dark values.

Lightening up the background in the next iterations helped to keep the magpies from being lost in the darkness.  Number 3 was interesting, but the orange flowers just draw too much attention away from the Lady and make the image feel too busy, since they start to harmonize more with the lanterns as a visual element.  I like the lighter orange in the trim and sheer cloth.  Number 2 is my favorite out of these for bringing visual interest back into the flowers, while still keeping them relatively subtle.  The lighter trim also draws the eye down through the figure, accentuating the curving flow of the hair as well.

Ah how difficult this was!  I just have to share what amazing variations I’ve found in the Larkspur (Delphinium) plant so you can see why my muse went in a hundred different directions.  That being said, I can’t wait to see what people will do with the coloring pages for this Lady!

And now it’s time to FINALLY start transferring the line art to paper and start inking this Lady!  Stay tuned to my social media outlets for little inking videos and such.  This next part goes fast, thanks to all the prep, so hopefully she’ll be done very, very soon!  Stay tuned!

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