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Octopus Inc.
07-05-2012, 08:22 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jul-2012/1088692-justice.jpg This is a pencil on paper drawing to be transferred to panel for painting with oils. The size is 9" x 11.5" but will be painted at 26.25" x 34.75"...strange size due to unforeseen complications during panel building process!

07-05-2012, 09:41 PM
This looks great. I will keep watching with great interest to watch the idea evolve. Sandi

Octopus Inc.
07-08-2012, 07:43 PM
Thanks Sandi! Beginning underpainting using transparent red ochre diluted in oms. The graphite from the drawing is mixing with the paint creating some interesting effects. A bit of burnt sienna added into the darker areas. i should say the panel is 1/8" hardboard sanded, gessoed 5 coats, sanded, painted over a coat of flake white oil diluted in oms, transfered drawing using carbon paper and now this...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2012/1088692-small1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2012/1088692-small2.jpg

Octopus Inc.
07-10-2012, 07:00 PM
A bit further along...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jul-2012/1088692-a_kbit_further.jpg

Dana Design
07-11-2012, 01:42 PM
Wow! Want to watch this one!

Octopus Inc.
07-14-2012, 04:49 PM
Playing with light and dark, finding where the eye wanders. Any advice or observations are appreciated. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jul-2012/1088692-justice_sky.jpg

Octopus Inc.
07-22-2012, 05:16 PM
A little darker now.

07-24-2012, 03:38 AM
Why is good always depicted as weak and bad as ascendant?

I really like the movement in this


Octopus Inc.
07-24-2012, 09:16 PM
[QUOTE=Andrewcody]Why is good always depicted as weak and bad as ascendant?

I think it's for drama. You see, if we were evil there would be no drama at all if we were to witness the fall of good. But because we are good this sort of arrangement creates tension... anyway that's my excuse.

07-24-2012, 11:08 PM
Crit - 'Justice's' right breast is quite a ways to the right, effectively her neck is far to much to her left.
I am also concerned (my eyes keep going to it) about the devil girls derriere with the bandaid like draping over a particular anatomical feature.
Good is in the hand of the sword wielder

I like your drawings a lot


Octopus Inc.
07-25-2012, 04:29 PM
True, it is a touch off isn't it... I guess that's what happens when you have to work full time and paint when you should be sleeping. Oh well, shouldn't be too difficult to fix. I'll push it over when I begin laying in the color layers... her buns too. And thanks again man, I do appreciate it.

Octopus Inc.
07-26-2012, 04:39 PM
Beginning to block in with some local color... This part is always a bit nerve racking for me.

07-28-2012, 04:39 AM
You are doing well
Love the legs and feet of the bad one


07-28-2012, 10:55 AM
This is great to watch! Such vibrant colour and interesting positions! The drapery of the clothes is very nicely done. a lot of work I say!!!Great expression. lovely work so far! I am a tarot reader so I find this very interesting! Cheers =)) Debs.

07-29-2012, 01:20 PM
WOW! Your colors are wonderful, from the smokey background to the vibrant fabrics. I'm not used to looking at this sort of thing, so finding various "symbologies" is fun.

Octopus Inc.
07-29-2012, 06:24 PM
Wow, thanks very much. You know Debz I get quite a lot of inspiration from Manly P. Hall's Secret Teachings of all Ages, it delves into Tarot and all kinds of esoterica. I chanced upon a copy many years ago and have scarcely put it down since. I've had visions of this image for months, even prior to getting it started, so I'm thankful that it's being found enjoyable, and I hope
I'm able to do it justice. No pun intended!

07-29-2012, 06:35 PM
This is so awesome!!! I am loving watching it take form. LOVE IT!

07-30-2012, 08:46 AM
Looking quite spectacular! I hope you do more from these secret teachings and esoterica and tarot!!! There are so many meanings and feelings that can be conveyed and depicted from these. Fascinating creations and scenes can be developed with an imagination and creative mind like yours! Keep it coming, great work so far. Loving it! =)) Cheers, Debs. :clap: :thumbsup:

Octopus Inc.
08-09-2012, 05:26 PM

08-09-2012, 05:29 PM
I LOVE IT!!!! love the colors!

08-09-2012, 09:40 PM
Yes! Quite extraordinary! I love it too! You are certainly gifted with a great imagination and creative mind. Bravo from me. =)) Debs.

Octopus Inc.
08-13-2012, 08:36 PM
Thank you so much... I am a bit of a color freak! Here I've used a mixture of transparent red ochre and ivory black to darken the background.

08-14-2012, 08:23 PM
It just keeps getting better. LOVE your colors!!!

Erica Shipley
08-14-2012, 08:42 PM
The angel in the lower left looks as though her head is being detached but I am hoping as you continue to fill in it looses that feel. I love the piece though and its coming along amazingly outside of that.

Octopus Inc.
08-14-2012, 11:10 PM
I was wondering when someone was finally going to say it. And I have done a bit of tweaking here and there up to this point, but as Erica has so astutely pointed out, the problem does still remain. So, do I leave well enough alone for the sake of momentum, or attempt to re-work what is in place? If I were making good money as an artist and that alone I may be inclined to digress, however, as I am not, I probably wont. But we'll see how she comes along. And I do thank you for the observation...

Erica Shipley
08-14-2012, 11:29 PM
Its defiantly improved over the layers and I do find it amazing. I didn't point it out earlier as I felt it almost added movement to the piece and was afraid fixing may alter that feel but I am not to your level of talent yet so I wasn't sure if it was simple as moving a shadow or claiming it as a statement.

Maybe it worked out that way for an unknown reason you will see when your ready to declare it done.

I am still in awe though of the piece and find it mesmerizing for the entire story my mind makes up for it. Its though provoking either way. I look forward to watching the story continue to develop.

Octopus Inc.
08-14-2012, 11:41 PM
Stunned, and humbled by your comment. Thank you.

Octopus Inc.
08-29-2012, 07:08 PM

08-29-2012, 07:17 PM
Amazing!!!! You are so extremely talented!!!!

Octopus Inc.
09-01-2012, 04:01 PM
Thanks Suzy, you are always so wonderfully enthusiastic! I've started to darken the background for a bit of chiaroscuro effect using a mixture of transparent red ochre, ivory black and linseed oil. I think I'm fairly happy with the result thus far and will continue to develop the rest of the background in much the same manner. I would then like to go back and work into some of the figure's deeper shadows with a more or less pure ivory black and linseed oil mixture to help things pop a little more. I'd be curious to know what everyone's thoughts are concerning the darker background as well.


09-01-2012, 04:17 PM
Amazing work! Are you calling this finished yet or do you still have more =)) I like every version so far, and can't believe how it could possibly get any better each time! I love the wicked expression on the devilish one! Cheers =)) Debs