Add movement to your figure art
See how Jana Schirmer paints a beguiling figure.
this was truly a fun commission! My initial thoughts were that I was safely in my comfort zone when I was asked to “paint a fantasythemed girl with some moving fabric.” But knowing that it would appear on the cover of ImagineFX added some pressure! I think I struggled a little at the beginning of the process, but then it was a great feeling to finish the image and I learned a lot about how to make a piece of character art work on a cover. This isn’t my first cover. I’d worked on a book cover that didn’t turn out so well, so I treated this commission as if it were my first cover request. The subject matter wasn’t new to me – I’ve probably painted a female fantasy character a hundred times now – and so I was keen to bring something fresh to the project. I achieved this goal by working with green. I usually don’t like green at all, even though you can make any colour work (depending on the context, of course), so it helped that I erred on the side of turquoise!
Furthermore, I feel as though I’ve produced a lot of over-detailed commission work in the past few years, so it was a nice change to keep things simple and focus on just a few details, instead of overloading the whole image. I think I’ll restrict my detailed approach to my personal work in future.
I wanted to focus on giving the image a cool, fresh feeling, in direct contrast to my studio, which becomes a bit too hot and stuffy from time to time. Okay, it’s time to take you through my painting process!