Cate Blanchett painting ready :) by croxie ()
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Even though I've got a lot more patience when I do something creative than otherwise, in the end of a painting like this I just want it to be over with :p
Yesterday afternoon my cold took over entirely and sent me away from the screen. So I didn't get a chance to finish this until today.
Thanks for your comments yesterday and I hope you like the end result :)
The reference photo I used had a light background, but because Miss Blanchett's skin is so pale I figured that a darker background would be of benefit for her. It makes her skin glow in a different way.
Her earrings are a bit different too...and I added a bit of glow to them.
Um...the crushed velvet in the dress took a while to get use to. I've learned both to simplify and paint detailed in the past, and this was a bit of both. Still need to get all the shades and highlights right since that's what makes this fabric look the way it does.
And that's it I think.
As an answer on the question if I started painting the cast of LOTR - nopes. Lord Of The Rings is not even among my favorites with this actress. I like her a lot more as Queen Elizabeth :)
Thanks for peeking in :D