Making Iron Man pt1

So I decided to work on getting my blending and lines sharper and also to try out something different. Enough flowers. So I went on good ol' Pinterest to find some inspiration and I landed on the many Iron Man pictures and memes. I thought this one was particularly cool:

Ironman
Ironman

It's a really big image with lots of detail when you zoom in. There's lots of brushed metal detail going on and scuff and scratch marks on the metal. I immediately thought it would be so cool if I could somehow paint this and replicate the subtle shadows and highlights and well..it's Iron Man. It's cool!

So off I went. I thought I'd sketch out IM the traditional way, but I decided to just trace over the main lines and silhouette instead so I could quickly get into the painting which is what I wanted to focus on.

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Here you can see the under drawing which was me just tracing the main parts of his armor. I also started coloring in his head and neck and bringing the differeng sections together. I tried to make sure to keep the shades consistent so that there was continuity in the colors and shadows. I'm really glad I finished my Lotus painting the other week too, because all that practice on shadows (and also from the Cups painting; that one had a LOT of shadows) and highlights came in handy for completing IM's helmet.

I learnt that shadows/highlights and plays on light can really define areas of color without actual lines. How cool is that? It's visual inference. Anyway, I'm happy my practice studies the last few times have paid off and I'm applying what I've learnt. IM still has a week more or so to go before he's completed. But I'm happy and making good progress. This exercise has been creative...relaxing and I feel like I'm learning a lot.

Here is where the project is at right now:

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