View Full Version : Fortius (WIP)

07-27-2014, 01:38 PM
The title was inspired, in part, by the Olympic motto: "Citius - Altius - Fortius" (Faster, Higher, Stronger).

The subject is my niece, who is in her early 20s. She has incredible focus, dedication and drive. As you can see, she is really fit and very strong, and is very involved with cross-fit training. She is also going to school, majoring in kinesiology and a minor in child development and psychology.

I felt this image of her, on the rings, embodies those characteristics I mentioned.

You can see I am all over the place with this one. The reason for it is that I used the Saral transfer paper. After reading on recent posts that the longer it sits on the board, the more difficult it is to remove, I wanted to sort of duplicate those lines with scratches and remove the Saral lines ASAP.

It's on a 16x20 board. I have used mostly the #11 scalpel blade, some tattoo needle on the ring, and ink washes.

Lots yet to be done! And sorry about the photo, it's not the best quality.

07-27-2014, 03:42 PM
Wow, Hector, this is impressive - both the subject and your rendering of her! Looking forward to seeing it develop. "Fortius" is a perfect title too.

07-27-2014, 07:00 PM
It's looking wonderful! And yes, strong!

07-27-2014, 07:23 PM
Wow. Will be watching this one develop eagerly! Fortius indeed!

07-27-2014, 10:47 PM
Loving it.

07-28-2014, 02:31 PM
Can't wait to see this one as it progresses!

07-28-2014, 02:55 PM
Impressive on its' own, but the story elevates it!

07-28-2014, 08:58 PM
I agree with the others. Very nice.

07-29-2014, 02:43 PM
I love the hands! Her shoulders and arms should be amazing!

07-29-2014, 06:36 PM
This is amazing already Hector. Can't wait to see more

Harry Seymour
07-30-2014, 05:54 AM
Should be a great one.

07-30-2014, 10:04 AM
She is looking beautiful.

08-01-2014, 08:35 PM
Thank you for all the kind comments and encouragement! I haven't had much time to work on this, and the skin is very slow going. I've been working on laying the first 'layer' or tone of skin and then building up on that by coming back and scratching. Working on giving shape and definition to her 'six pack' abs.

The skin has all been done with a scalpel. I used tattoo needles and ink washes on her shorts and (partially so far) on her top. The creases on her stomach look really pronounced in the photo. They are more subtle in real life.

Still lots to do!