This is the finished product of the church commission painting, before framing. I’m pretty pleased…
Nearly finished now! In this step, I add the vivid pink-red of the pew cushions, the tan of the limestone all around the walls and strengthen the blue-green light coming through the side window. Now the illusion of depth is becoming more noticeable, since the foreground is bold and in focus, while the background is less detailed and bright.
Stage 3 of my painting commission is me making sure every last pen line and dot is in place before I start the painting process. I lost count of the number of hours I spent on this!
This commission turned out to be much more difficult that I expected, but I should have known that going in, of course. In an architectural space so intricate, the under-drawing needs to be the major element of the painting. I had to make sure that the drawing—now in this phase in pen—had to be as perfect as possible. I had to establish a vanishing point and painstakingly rule all the lines to converge there. Any lines off that grid would be pretty apparent. I am pretty happy with this so far.