Lineart for The Dark Tower. I start with a black canvas, and work with silver sharpie to lay down lines. Linework is hazy, but gives a general idea of how to proceed.
The first oil layer. I start with deep colors, which I want to lay the underlying foundation with. The crimson hues of the roses and the dark sections of the sky came first.
Layer two is built upon the foundation of layer one. I finished up the mountain ranges, added stars, and pulled everything in toward the center of the piece, working from the background forward.
Layer three mostly comprised of finishing the background and adding small details. I started under layering of the foreground, and began working on the middle of the piece.
For this layer, I finished the left hand side of the piece first. Since oil can dry at different times, I wanted to be cautious of the sharp lines of the tower while working. I transitioned from the middle to the tower itself, laid boundaries for the actual tower, and put down the first bright tones.
Layer five started out well, but quickly caused me to backtrack. I didn't like the curve on the black vines on the tower in layer 4, so I revised the design to include a stronger grasp on this element. This ended up pulling out most of my highlights, which I decided not to fix.
For the final piece, I added highlighting to the archway and the mortar in the tower itself, as well as the steps of the walkway. I brushed in soft highlights and took away harsh contrasts to clean the piece up. I finished by coating it in a thin layer of linseed oil, until it can be varnished at a layer date.
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