Fairy Maiden – Work in progress

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

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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.

ElfMaiden1

 

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.

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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.

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This is about the half way mark. Next I’ll be working on her dress details and the jewel in her headband.