So, perhaps over ambitiously, I'm working on this painting as a birthday gift. It's acrylic on canvas, and I haven't painted since high school (10 years, holy shit.)
My initial plan was to do several layers of wash and slowly build up some fairly saturated color and then go back over the top with ink/sharpy and add in a lot of details... basically going for a pen and ink look with bits of the color poking through the dark spots and the negative space.
So I'm looking for some general feedback of the piece thusfar in addition to:
I'm really liking it right now, I'm worried if I do black line work on top of it I'll ruin it. Does that sound good as a concept or do you think it'd be better to just push the direction I'm going now and forget the inking?
The painting is fairly big (3x4) and, I assume, would go in a living room that's mostly neutral tones. I was thinking about doing a few washes of some browns/earthy tones to fit the space but I don't want it to turn into mud. If you have experience with acrylic washes, is this possible to do or is each color layer pushing me closer to straight mud.
Finally, composition wise, most of the inking detail would go in the upper right 9th, with a few other bits on the people/what will be roller coaster rails. I want to optimally bring everything to focus on the inked area, so (imagining it's there) is the rest of the composition leading you to that area? Any suggestions for improvements.
If it's shit and I should just buy her shoes... you can tell me that too.
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Do you have a drawing or sketch that shows what you're working towards?
As promised, here's a sketch of the basic idea/feel I would be going for. After seeing the concept a little more I'm confidant in the direction. No additional work to the actual painting has been done so any suggestions for composition/focus/anything else are welcome.
My best direction atm is to finish out the arm and outline the rest of the rails.
Reading your post it sounds like you want the composition to lead the eye there, but since the rest of it is relatively blank, the eye just goes straight to that spot and gets stuck there.
Also, you outlined her left lower leg area, but it's a bit hard to tell if she's wearing one sock or if it's the bottom of a very large left foot.
The overall goal of the inked area was a kind of anxiety and uncertainty but also something to look forward to.
The left foot is supposed to have a cast on it (and a crutch next to it). Any thoughts on how I can make it read more like that?