Ender – Step by Step

I haven’t posted here since my initial post, and that’s honestly because A) I love blogging, and B) I got in a bit over my head with it. Since I can only really effectively run one blog, I’m planning to condense everything and move it all here.

Anyway, I wanted to do a Step by Step of my painting process for “Ender”. This is mostly for me, though I hope you all enjoy it too. I always really love seeing the painting process an artist uses (hell sometimes I spend more time watching videos of people painting than actually painting myself)!

So, here we go!

First I started with some awful sketches to try and get a better idea of Ender’s shape. The top two I did first and are a mess. The bottom two are more true to Ender’s head and body shape.

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Ender Sketches

 

Then I did a mockup painting of what I wanted my final painting to look like. I did this in photoshop using a photo my husband Eric had taken of Ender as reference.

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Painting Mock Up

 

After doing a drawing and transferring that to the claybord, I got painting! I wanted the background to be messy and choppy, so I experimented with dry brushing and tried to keep things more loose and free in style.

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The Beginning

Then, reverting to my old ways of painting, I jumped right in and started detailing the face. At some point I got tired of that, and painted the transmitter. That came out so well that every time I almost gave up, I looked at that stupid transmitter for encouragement.

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awful

UGH. What? No. What even did I do? It becomes obvious after comparing to the ref that my painting is a MESS. The face/head is nothing like Ender. I really want this to be a likeness….

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really awful

I try some minor tweaking to fix things. NOPE. STILL a mess. I begin to realize that I will have to re-draw and go back and entirely repaint his head and face.

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still awful

I start first with trying to get the right angles and shape of his head. I get rid of the detail and block in simple patterns of color.

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better

Once I’m happy with his face I start adding a bit more detail. Also his beak takes a lot of tweaking before it looks right. When I get tired of that, I throw down base colors for the rest of Ender, and the sparrow, and the post.

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better…

Here’s a close up of the repainting…

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detail

His beak here is a blob, I’m still trying to work out the shape better. But I’ve got everything roughed in at this point.

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much better

Tweaking more. Still adjusting but back on track for getting Ender’s likeness in this painting. I add more to the others areas of the painting like the sparrow and the wood post.

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more painting

Finally! Now I get to start on my favorite thing, details! I start detailing his face, getting things just the way I want…

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detailing the face

Npw I start going detail crazy, literally working my way from Ender’s neck down to the bottom of the post. It’s still not super detailed, it’s a lot of paint blobs up close, but I wanted a more loose style for this one.

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still more painting

And done! All that’s left to do is sign it!

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done

Here is the final photographed painting! Which also happens to be available in my online store as a print! http://lindsayvadams.storenvy.com/

Feel free to check it out! And thanks for reading!

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final image!

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