Challenge completed, and boy was it a challenge! I think I repainted the little finger on the right about 3 times to get it to stop looking broken. That is the beauty of acrylics – you can paint and overpaint until you are happy with the result.
I started this 16×12″ canvas board with a few coats of Deep Violet no 403 – Daler Rowney’s System 3 acrylic paint. It’s a gorgeous colour that I hope to get some more of as I’ve currently run out!
Then I sketched a rough outline from my reference photos using watercolour pencils. This outline will then dissolve easily when I apply the first washes to the primed canvas, unlike graphite pencil which would require rubbing out or leave grey streaks that would muddy the paint
Then I completed a rough under painting to help see where the darkest darks and lightest lights were…
…..which I corrected while building up the layers and details of the hands.
And after adding a subtle shine to the fingernails and some sparks of electricity here is the finished result. What do you think?