I had this idea of doing a portrait of a Fairy Maiden. Like the portraits done by classic renaissance painters.
I started with some thumbnail drawings
I started the painting on 16×20 wood panel, using a color scheme of green, blue and purple. As you can see, details have changed a bit from the initial sketches.
Eyes hold just as much expression as facial features. I always use a lot of detail when it comes to eyes and tend to make them big and luminous.
I’m not sure when I made the decision to keep her hair white. I kept the blue/gray shading more subtle to keep her hair soft looking.
This is about the half way mark. Next I’ll be working on her dress details and the jewel in her headband.