Wing base

I’ve done a base layer of Van Dyke Brown to the left wing, wiping it to make a soft feathery base which will become more defined as I put more detail into the surface.

It’s looking  a bit leathery and bat-like at present, which is enjoyable, but gives him an overly demonic appearance, which isn’t really what I want for him, preferring to present death as a fear-inspiring natural force of change that should be expected, but not as something necessarily evil. I was chatting with my colleague Dru Pagliassotti about the painting on Friday, and she described it as “death exultant”, striking me as an apt expression for the rock star figure I’m making.

I’ll post photos tomorrow, when I’ve put the same treatment down on the right side.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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