Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oaxacan Octopus, Stage 5 DONE!

^ Remaining markings penciled in. Deciding which patterns
and colors to use is more difficult than coloring itself! 

 ^ Pulling back to show how I've masked other areas.

^ I begin by coloring the teardrops with gradated colors. 

^ Working on the pattern strip above the teardrops. 

^ Purple areas primed... 

^ ...and painted. 

^ Teardrop 'frames' colored. 

^ Moving on to the pattern that continues from the tentacles. 

^ Inner areas painted. 

^ Differences between primed and painted areas. 

 ^ Primed balloon shapes.

^ Priming continued; far right painted. 

^ Balloon shapes fully painted. 

^ Beginning to prime the final sections. 

^ Closeup of Crimson Red vs. Magenta. 

^ Next section partially primed. 

^ I buff sections of the Octopus at a time while removing
the Post-It Notes. Notice how shiny the colored pencil becomes.
^ The Oaxacan Octopus is DONE!

Approximately 12 hours of work spread over 8 days on-and-off. I listened to a bunch of music to help me focus, including Massive Attack, Moby, Goldfrapp, Emiliana Torrini, and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the Oaxactopus's progress!
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