Hi everyone welcome back!
It’s been a while. I have been quite busy for the last few months, what with a pandemic going on outside and a change of job, starting my own business, it’s been hectic to say the least, but here we are again and today i am bringing you something new.
So to start off the year on a positive and hopeful note, i decided to paint my first series of themed paintings. I am a huge nerd and love to delve into all sorts of topics, and the, let’s say, esoteric, interests me quite a bit. Not that i understand much about it, but that doesn’t stop me.
Anyways getting back on topic. I am starting a series of paintings based on the zodiac and since we’re just starting the year, the first painting that i chose to work on was Capricorn.
Capricorn natives are born between the 22nd of December and the 19th of January.Their symbol is the sea goat and some of the traits that symbolize Capricorn are that they are: Pragmatic, Ambitious, Disciplined, Stoic, Independent, Hard-working, Distant, can seem quite emotionless at times and analytical, and like to keep to tradition. In summary, Capricorn is a focused go-getter that doesn’t let anything get between him and his goal.
In the beginning, I was having some trouble getting the face to where i wanted to. I’ve been playing around with different techniques and styles lately, trying to find what fits me best and so this painting in specific took me a bit longer to work on.
When I’m painting the face, i like to think about my own face and how i do my makeup. I find that really helpful. For painting the face, I think about which parts of your own face you would choose to contour, like below the cheeekbones, around the nose, your temples, below your chin and your jawline. So that’s where you will find darker colors.
Where you highlight: the top of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, around your cupid’s bow, on your chin, and forehead and the corner below your eyebrows. That would be the lightest color.
Also use a rosy tone for your cheekbones and nose for a flushed look, because those spots are where you normally have more blood circulation.
Then all you have to do is blend and see where your light is coming from which, will affect which parts of your face will be more exposed and the direction of your shadows.
SIGN CHARACTERISTICS AND HOW I REPRESENT THEM THROUGH PAINTING
Now for the portrayal of the sign.
I felt that I had to do some research on how Capricorn is assumed to be like. Taking the traits I mentioned earlier, I knew i wanted a powerful looking pose and a more serious and distant look on her face, showing a powerful independent character.
Since the sea goat is the major symbol for the sign, I also knew that i wanted her to have the typical goat horns and, of course, be a sea creature.
Because she is so independent and a bit distanced from the crowd, I decided to have her be in a secluded cave, surrounded by the ocean.
Now i know that the moon is mostly associated with other signs, but I thought the night suited the character the most and what is night without a beautiful moon?
I researched what colors were mostly associated with Capricorn and I found that grey and brown were the most mentioned, which is a perfect match to the qualities i mentioned. They are very no-nonsense colors.
My starting idea was to join witchcraft with zodiac signs and paint zodiac witches and through my research i appointed Capricorn with the role of green witch, which is a type of witch that takes her powers from nature. That’s why for the most of the painting i surrounded her with greenery, however i felt that it ruined the composition and honestly made it look too crowded, so I gave up on the idea.
I had a great time painting this piece. I feel like i learned a lot from the process and I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out. It’s exactly like i imagined it. I hope you like it and that i was able to help you in some way.
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If you made it this far you’re a champion who deserves all my love, so thank you, thank you so much for reading.