Tiki Girl

by Eddy on June 10, 2010

in girls,process,sketches,traditional

Tiki Girl acrylic 01
Tiki Girl acrylic 02
Tiki Girl acrylic 03
Here’s my final acrylic painting of Tiki Girl. I am quite happy how it turned out because I wanted to combine a stylised figure with some realism. The major changes I made were to the background and the wooden Tiki carving.

The yellow-orange sun burst (see my final colour rough below) overpowered the whole image so it was toned down to a more subtle sunset. I added some cool blues to further recede the background.

I also redesigned the Tiki carving to be less angular. That area was first painted with a dark tone (mix Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue) and then the form was highlighted with Burnt Sienna using a scrubbing technique with a dry brush.

Once the painting was complete it was sealed with acrylic binder medium and two coats of gloss varnish.

Tiki Girl: Acrylic on canvas. 30cm x 40cm (12″ x 16″).

Tiki Girl colour 02
My final colour rough. Here’s a more polished version of the same Tiki Girl sketch with the black line work cleaned up. Coloured and painted in Photoshop. (Above)

Tiki Girl colour 01
Tiki Girl rough 03
Tiki Girl rough 02
Tiki Girl rough 01
I am submitting a painting to a local art show next month. Have played around with various subjects but finally settled on this Tiki inspired pin-up girl. Here are some preliminary sketches and a colour rough. The final painting will be acrylics on canvas, 30cm x 40cm.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

duriandave June 13, 2010

Nice one, Eddy! And I always enjoy seeing your creative process in the various rough sketches.

Eddy Crosby June 13, 2010

Thanks Dave. Will add a few more process stages once i get this on canvas.

Bret Taylor July 4, 2010

Well done, Eddy. This one’s really strong.

Eddy Crosby July 4, 2010

Thanks Bret. Glad you like it. I think my favorite part of the whole process is varnishing it! The gloss brings out the colours nicely.

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