So I love to craft, specifically to oil paint, but with school, blogging, and reading, I can never seem to find enough time to paint, which is a big booger, so I really only get to oil paint during Christmas break every year when school is out and everything is more relaxed. Well the other day, Christmas Day to be exact, after opening presents and doing the family stuff, I found that I had a lot of free time on my hands and a canvas I had lying around was calling to me, so obviously I had to paint! Usually when I oil paint I paint my favourite characters from a book and I just so happened to have a copy of beautiful "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer, and I thought that it would make the perfect subject (I mean, it is only the most beauiful book cover I have ever seen)! I am thinking that I might also paint the cover of the next book in the series, "Wolfsbane", when it comes out July 12 2011.
I took art all throughout high school and first year university, but for some reason during those times, I dreaded painting, and therefore never learned how to oil paint, so it has just been something I have picked up within the last couple of years, and my technique is very much trial by error. Though there are some flaws that I now see as I look at it, I am pretty happy with how it turned out (and now I can hang this on my wall- in place of the book cover- which I was seriously considering doing).
This is the finished product:
And this is the in-progress (this colouring is more in-real-life), don't mind my messy easel:
And here is the actual cover: