It’s off to work I go.
I swear I have the most fun when I only have a limited time to create… and then my time is up and I have to stop.
*Shakes fist at the sky*


Started off using the mouse and holding shift to get a blocky linework going.  Throwing shapes, colors and values in the background just to create some visual noise and get the creative juices flowing.


Still using the mouse (also still zoomed out), creating separation through values and colors.  I felt a warrior or fighter vibe when I first seen the pose, so I started pushing that idea with the spear/staff.

The green in the background reminded me of leaves blowing in the wind, so I gave her some hair that mirrored that same flow or movement.


Started to get an idea of what I wanted the background to be… kinda seen the Chinese cliff/forest landscape forming in my mind.  More volume by adding values and created more breathing room for the character by stretching the canvas to the right more.


I hid the reference image and began filling in the rest of the background it was hiding.


Up to this point, I used only the mouse to paint.  Kept everything simple, blocky, and just focused on shapes, volume, color and composition.  I felt almost everything was working how I wanted it to and began using my Bamboo tablet to start refining our character.


And this is where I forced myself to stop.
It’s my second to last day at work and all I want to do is sit at home and finish this painting.  :)

Until Next Time



“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard