This piece was inspired by my pupper, Detour. He had to get surgery awhile ago, and he had to wear an inflatable cone around his neck. I always joked that he looks like he has a inflatable tube around his neck and that he looks like he is about to go swimming. Therefore, I decided to make my joke come to life. I really enjoyed making this piece. I love the color pallet I used. The blue, purple, and pink all look really cohesive and playful to match the light hearted subject matter. When I started out, I was afraid of making my dog's fur. He is all white, so I wasn't quiet sure how I was going to add darks and lights to white fur. I ended up painting an all blue base, waiting for it to dry, then adding white over it to get the depth I needed. This piece in general required a lot of layering. The reflection started out as a mirrored image of my dog. I then painted strips of color for water over the mirror image once it dried. Layering also occured in the sky. I painted a base of purple and blue, let it dry, painted a first layer of cloud, let it dry, did another layer of cloud, let it dry, and then finally painted the last layer of cloud. All in all, I really enjoyed making this and I really like the final product. Besides being well executed, it just makes me smile.
The idea behind this piece is that when were little we all have teddy bears. They are there for us whenever we need them to provide us a sense of comfort and safety. As we grow older, we grow out of them. We turn to new methods of comfot. For many of us, this means finding people who we trust, whether it be a friend, partner, mother, father, counselor, or whatever else. These people become our new teddy bears. Without getting too depressing, I found my two teddy bears. However, they recently dropped me like a hot potato. In a sense, they out grew me. Thats what this piece is about. Technically wise, I have a love hate relatonship with this piece. I love the teddy bears. I think the texture I created is really beauitful, and I love the colors I added into the fur. However, I could not for the life of me make the girl look normal. I painted over and started again way to many times. Eventually, I just gave up. Its mostly just the face that bothers me. Everything is shaped wierd, but it was just too hard to get it right when it was so small. Basically, if I just removed the girl I would be in love with this piece. Maybe later on I will paint over her and try again, but for now I cannot bear to think of trying to paint that little itty bitty girl ever again.
Originally, I wasn't too big a fan of this piece. However, it has grown on me. It still kind of looks like something I drew a long time ago, but a better executed version. I really enjoyed making this piece. The heart was so fun to make. Without sounding crazy, I really like drawing gorry things. Blood is just kinda fun to draw (I promise I am not a psycho killer). I am also in love with the shirt. The colors I used compliment the rest of the piece very well. They are bright and vibrant which contrast well with the background and subject matter. I think I did a good job getting the skin tone right. I never tought to add blues to the shadows until now. However, I am super glad that I did because it make the shadows look more realistic than if I used my classic purple. I just realized I didn't use any purple for shadows in this (besides the shirt). I think I am evolving. Anyways, my least favorite part of this is the hole. I just think it doesn't look very realistic. This is mainly because I couldn't look at reference photos without wanted to tear my eyes out and vomit. Had I sucked it up and used reference photos, it probably would have looked a lot better.