Aloha friends! It has been quite a while since I've created a full painting timelapse demo for you so I hope you are just as excited to see 'Sage' come to life as I am to show her to you!
This painting holds a tiny breakthrough for me too - check out the perspective of the ear/hair compared to the cloth at her waist. Do you see how it gets slightly out of focus as her body goes down? ...Just like when viewing any object in real life, huh?!?
The technique of trying to bring real world 3D perspective into a 2D surface is actually called trompe l'oeil and the masters have been perfecting it for years. It's especially popular when doing both landscape or faux interior murals and can really pull the viewer into the artwork when done effectively.
Do you think I achieved the perspective illusion I was going for? Leave me a note in the comments!
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Mona Lisa Gold Leaf
M. Graham Oil Paint
originally published June 21, 2018