Maid Marian

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Maid Marian, from Disney’s Robin Hood. 8″x10″ #gouache I had such a great time painting her. The medieval period is my favorite for costumes. I gave her a green & gold houppelande and a double hennin. She also has black undersleeves to mimic the black legs of foxes. While I was doing research, I found out that there’s actually a Maid Marion Rose! So a gave her a #flowercrown of them.
This is for the @poisoncandyartists #disney Art Auction, December 14-17.
And now for some wips-
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After the initial sketch I pencil the back to transfer it to my good paper, Canson Acrylic Paper.
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Cleaning up the pencil drawing.Screen Shot 2017-11-29 at 9.17.14 AM
The first layers of paint in both watercolor and gouache. I don’t leave any of the paper white. Even if I’m going to use a dark color, I still lay a lighter undercolor to unify any undertones.
She’s wearing green and gold because I knew going in that after Mad Madam Mim I wouldn’t be able to paint another painting in fuchsia and purple right away. I also think the green sets off her orange fur nicely. If she was human, I think she’d look like a fairy lady from the Seelie Court. Screen Shot 2017-11-29 at 9.17.05 AM
Filling in the background with tiny lines of paint. The branches were laid in with colored pencil.
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Closing in on the end. The branches stayed colored pencil while the leaves were painted in gouache. Her veil was outlined in white charcoal before being painted in gouache drybrush. Her gold embroidered sleeves took hours. I listened to a lot of Lore podcasts and just brushed away, building the embroidery with tiny strokes.
While I was doing research, I found out there’s a Maid Marion Rose!
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I knew I wanted something at the base of her double hennin and decided a flower crown of these would be lovely.

Next up I’m going to finish some drawings I sketched out in October, as well as start on the January Cartoon Challenge prompts.


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