“Guardians of the Gate”
© 2016 Natasha Nashadka
both; 12″x36″, oil on cradled hardwood panel
It’s always fun to see how a project develops! Here’s some shots of the progress from concept to final pieces.
I named the angel on the left Lulu.
The original plan was for the angels to be wearing white dresses.
Full-sized Rough Draft→
The great thing about rough drafts is that you can play and experiment without worry of disappointment. Just for fun, I made the dress orange and I really liked it.
Another benefit of rough drafts is working out little problems before they become big problems: like her angle, lack of negative space, and the wings.
Beginning the Final:
Once I get the images traced out in burnt umber I let it get good and dry so if I mess up, I can scrape down to this drawing and start over.
Shades of Red
These beautiful reds and oranges dominated my palette for quite a while!