This is my second attempt at using oil paint. The first one was fairly successful, I painted my mom and she looked beautiful, and I promised myself I would keep on going. So here I am again, trying to continue learning and having fun.

Mom with my first oil painting.

The concept

For this second one I wanted to create something that didn’t exist. It is easy to copy something but when it comes to painting things that don’t exist I figured it would be harder. But I wanted to try. I am also a big fan of Salvador Dalí and surrealism in general. So I started thinking about concepts that I like and what could I make.

It is helpful to look for references and create an image in your head.

Inspiration and references

Gradients

On to it, I started with the background. I had light purple left from my mom painting and thought I would reuse that color (I am Catalan, we are known for being a bit close-fisted…).

Oil paint is good for blending on canvas.

Lighting

I then painted the leather jacket. It was hard. It’s black. How am I supposed to make the shadows and highlights? I used white and grey. I tried to highlight the edges and apply some reflections in some areas where the light would bounce more.

Hands and flowers

The hand was another nightmare. The thumb looked odd. I’ve been told that hands are pretty hard. Gotta practice some more. So I left it for a while and tried to focus on the antlers and the flowers.

  • Brushes. I realized my brushes were very big and I was trying to make tiny details with them. And it made no sense. So I got smaller ones.
  • Turpenoid. I bought some more. Because I was running out of it.
  • Stretched canvas. I got three more. Small ones. I think I still need to practice with small ones to jump into big canvases.
Deer Wonder Woman
Messy color palette and white spaces in canvas.
Deer Wonder Woman

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