Questing for the grail

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This started out as a tiny Robert McGinnis inspired sketch. I expanded it, added a cup, and  soon realized she reminded me Circe or a Grail Maiden. I wasn’t particularly in the mood to draw a femme fatale, so I played a little game. I drew her as Circe, with a cool reserve, but I would title her Grail Maiden. I didn’t want a sweet expression and thought that was a good way to get the ambiguity I wanted.

 

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Drawing hands and the original water/wine that obeyed our Newtonian Mechanics.

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sketching elements

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the Endless Sky

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finalized (maybe) the color key. 

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It’s been so long since I used watercolor that I totally ended up laying down a too dark base layer. Then when I began to life it, the pencil lifted too.
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“After yesterday’s art disaster, I had to redraw her and today I will try again.
Her light eyes keep throwing me off. I had to leave the area open for paint, so I didn’t pencil it in, but it’s bugging me so much.”

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“…are you flipping kidding me?”
I accidentally wrecked this one too. I was pressing it to remove some of the minor warping, something I’ve done a million times before, and instead it put two big creases right across her face.  I’m going to try and redraw her, but won’t do any painting until the Mercury Retrograde is over (which isn’t real but somehow still manages to cause chaos.

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Here is (a detail) of the 3rd and hopefully final pencil version. I’ll see her again in 3 weeks.

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