Eric, Thanks! I hope it continues to please!
Eduardo, Ha! This is but one of many stages that may be more or less ugly than the last! I'm still basically working out my ideas and working them into the underpainting...a lot of flip-flopping around while I try to figure out what is actually going into this painting! LOL! It would be so much easier to just copy a photograph...but then, all the centaurs I've ever met are ridiculously camara shy...so that won't work!
Colleen, Thankyou! Those first drawings and blockins of the centaurs are pretty much just place holders for me. I try to get it close to what I want initially, but, I tend to build up my figures as I go a little bit here n there as I work the background, and, ruin them, and, re-create them, again and again...
Once I get past this blocking in stage, I'll start the finish in ernest by working from background to forground. When I finally get to each figure, then I'll try to get them just right! I know I do things the hard way when I paint, but, I've been painting this way since I was about 11...
Chiron22 and Rahul, Thankyou, guys!
I took a day off but jumped back into it today and continued working out the under painting...trying to get everything placed right and working up the colors and values. Here it is as it now stands;
First off, I added dioxizine violet to my palette.
I could make this color with the ultramarine and the magenta, but, I was using a lot of it and just decided to make it easier on myself!
Full image. Mostly worked the right side, but, also developed the rock wall and its reflection on the left.
This is a close-up of the right side showing the changes to the waterfall. This is gonna change again, lol!
I tried something differant with the rock wall and waterfall, but, I don't like it as it is right now and will be changing it again! It just doesn't work as it is and is very distracting to the painting. I figure I two options with it:
1. Change it back to a single wall of rock with a minor rift with a trickle of a waterfall and keep it as unobtrusive as possible.
2. Move the wall behind the male all the way to the right until it is just in front of the males horse hips, and, then push the far wall with the falls that can just be glimpsed in the current version higher up and further back into the distance.
I think either one of these options can work, but, it can not stay as it currently stands. Chiron22 , you of course get the final say in this, but, I would appreciate some feedback on this...which would be the better solution?