Whenever I leave the apartment, I always make a point of first knowing where it is I’m going. That doesn’t mean I won’t be surprised by the unexpected, however, or willing to change my plans along the way. I treat my art projects in the same manner, and often work out simple small sketches to get a preview of what’s ahead of me. I wanted to take a step back from the earlier post I published to present a thumbnail drawing showing how the design of the new painting evolved.
Thumbnail of new painting
I already had a detail drawing of Barbara on her bed, so I made this smaller sketch based on that with more things on the right side. Her actual bedroom layout has the entrance on the left side of the bed, and to the right is a window and dresser, as seen in the thumbnail. This might have made an okay painting as is, but all that extra stuff on the right becametoo distracting from the main character and didn’t really amount to much.
I decided to simplify it all by replacing the items on the right with an open door, which led me to the idea of introducing another person in the room to make a more dynamic scene. The idea behind the scene now being one where she has changed her mind about leaving with him. In my first sketch he is only shown in profile. When I was making references photos later at Barbara’s apartment, I decided to place the character facing forward but still only partially seen from the chest down. This silhouette reads more clearly, and also was a natural pose of impatience. I used myself as a model and stood in her hallway to take a couple more photos. Now all I have left to do is paint it.
Read the other posts in this series:
, Part 3