With this project I just really wanted to with vivid primary colours. Namely red. So there is no real story behind my choise of colours other than that. The blue and orange are there because the mix easily with red and work well for creating shadows and highlights.

The painting is done in a watercolour-like fashion over a red primer. I used purple and paynes gray to create shadows and left the red shining through in her clothes. The skin is shaded with a bit of purple and highligted in a few spots with orange. Mostly I tried to just leave the red as the highest value in the skin, but I felt like it needed just a little more. I therefore added a bit of cadmium orange to her face and hand, and glazed over it with red. The cadmium pigments are very luminous and that luminosity shines through the red glaze a little bit. The main stars of the paint scheme is naphtol red and pthalo blue. Dioxacine violet, cadmium orange, white and pastel yellow play supporting roles.

The process of painting this bust is some of the mose satisfying painting I have done. Painting with these vivid colours was a real indulgance. Unfornutately they are rather hard to photograph. The bright colours and hard contrasts really mess with my camera. Therefore some of the more suptle tones get lost in the pictures.

Anyway. I hope you like this piece. Would love to hear what you think of it :-)
  • Erkka MarttioPLUS

    Lovely work mate, the colour scheme is super striking. Hope to see this in flesh one day!

    • Mikkel Frederiksen

      Thank you. Would love to get to show it to you :-)

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    Great color choice

    • Mikkel Frederiksen

      Thank you. You cant go wrong with primaries :-)

  • Steph.DPLUS

    Sperbe figurine, j’adore la mise en scene, bravo
    vote forcement Or pour toi ...

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  • Jerry Allen

    I love the artistic freedom you exercised with this piece. Fantastic work! Gold

    • Mikkel Frederiksen

      Thank you Jerry. I think maybe the artistic freedom part, was the hardest part of painting a figure like this. I get ideas like this often, but plucking up the courage to act on them is harder, than it should be.

  • OrigalumPLUS

    Interesting contrast work. It looks nice - gold from me!

  • Eugene Dravskikh

    Looks very impressive!  Only gold!