I wanted to give you a peek at where I am so far with my Catrina's (Day of the Dead Sugar Skull girls.) I've completed 5 so far and will show one a day beginning today. They have been great fun! The contrast between the white skin and the primary colors being used, makes each image clean and crisp and pleasing to the eye. Let me know what you think!
This beauty is "Rose Red." One of my favorites so far as I loved doing the patterned hair.
For other artists out there, each of the Catrinas are simple compositions, highlighting one of the 6 base colors and their compliment, i.e. Red, Blue and Yellow primary colors and their complimentary colors of Green, Orange and Purple. I do the initial sketch on the pine wood plaque in a water color pencil, so it dissolves when I do the final painting. I love using graphite but as most of us know, the graphite just continues to migrate up through each layer of paint laid down, and continues to show through. I find water color pencils works great. I know some artists use chalk as well. I also use white gel pen ink to highlight details, so they are not completely lost when my first layer of paint is laid down. I really dislike having to "redraw" an image multiple times and the white ink helps retain some of the detail for subsequent layers