The composition is in progress on a drawing tablet.
For this drawing, I intended something different, for instance an amazon smoking a cigarette. I started with a nude photo of a woman sitting against a wall. I hesitated a moment between portrait and landscape formats, and opted for the latter, still with 3x4 proportions.
I redesigned the face to keep to my theme, added the ancient elements (shield, sword, helmet). All seemed too horizontal, so I added columns to balance the composition.
Next, I began to balance the values, according to the article I wrote in my blog.
I imagine a soft light, likely golden, and I count on the background of the columns to give the atmosphere. Military elements will render the contrast.
For the coloring, I intend to suggest a golden light on the instrument, and a contrast with red drape, shield, helmet and feathers. These opposing colors are, I hope, enhancing the mild character which is transition between these elements.
Contradiction is echoed in the relaxed attitude and military elements.
This work is in progress, eg I have not yet made the metal parts just started face.
It took me about twenty hours to complete this painting. I am not quite ready for speed-painting.
I intend to post this work on my DeviantArt account to see if I get comments.
The face has been retouched many times during the process. On the right-side the final version.
The helmet did not require many corrections. Having already designed and painted several times for Amazons serie, it was relatively simple to do.
Red hang requested a special study. I found inspirations over different representations of pictures, then had to adjust the level of intensity in Photoshop to get the right color.