These images show a bit of my own process where I explore different angles and sensations as I circle around towards the layout I want. There is a final mock-up in Photoshop before I transferred it to the canvas. I used THIS ONLINE APP
for getting the figure how I wanted. I took a screen shot of the image from the app and used it in the PS mock-up.
The painting is about rising out of the chaos, a sense of defiance in the face of everything, casting off old shells - internally or externally. I want it to convey a sense of standing up and standing tall even in the face of oppressive forces. I also thought about a previous painting - Birth of a Star
- where the seated figure in the bottom right is almost hunched over. I wanted to paint something that dialogues with that ten year old painting, transitioning to a more outward facing sensation that embodies who I am now and where I'm at in my life.