In my painting, Dancer, I wanted to convey the strength, grace and power of the figure. Modeling the figure is a technique to convey strength. I modeled the figure with warm light, a mid tone where appropriate and a cool shadow. Michelangelo modeled his wonderful figures to give them a powerful look. The dancer’s pose emphasizes her grace. It is important to integrate the figure or form with the painting’s background. In my painting, I used blurred and soft edges. Also the light on the upper leg is repeated in the background near the leg. Frequently artists also blend the background into the form’s shadow. I sometimes repeat the hue (color) of the shadow with lines in the background to provide movement for the eye. I used this technique under the dancer’s leotard.
This is a digital painting using traditional oil painting techniques and a painterly approach. I used virtual brushes and paints (Corel Painter 12 and Intuos5 drawing pen and tablet).
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