I've taken quite a lot of my free time these past couple of weeks working on two large projects. Luckily, I was able to finish one of them! The other still has a way to go, but I'm going to need to do some smaller things before I continue with it. Large paintings really take a lot out of me. I get into this mode where I don't want to do anything but work on it, even if I'm struggling, tired, frustrated, or have errands to run ;). I can sleep peacefully tonight, though, and thank goodness tomorrow is Monday so that I can calm myself down while at work and just take it easy without having to think about personal things!
I've had this idea in my head for a while about angels, and how they are usually depicted as humanoid characters. In my dreams, however, I've always been envisioning them as being made up of feathers, large and small, that cascade over their body. They live amongst the clouds, the stars, and the heavens, and I feel as though they should be a bit more ethereal and magical. I don't often think of them as having a gender, as they are celestial beings, and for this painting it was very important to me to try and capture an androgynous look. This was rather difficult, because I also envision angels without nipples or navels (because they aren't born, they're created), and the absence of breasts automatically gave him/her a masculine feel. I tried to slender out the arms, curve up the body, and make the face more female than male to try and counter this effect. I'm okay with how it turned out.
I had a really hard time with the wings for about 3 days straight. I tried so many different versions, but I'm glad my boyfriend talked me into keeping my original vision (even if the anatomy might not make a lot of sense).
Anyway, if it wasn't obvious, this lovely angel is a Summoner, one who brings forth the Night and Day.
And also, for the first time ever... a video of my process! It's complete with my wing struggle steps, as well as a number from the AIR TV Original Soundtrack (the instrumentals were a charm to listen to while painting this!)