New Artwork for Witch Hazel Album Cover – Otherworldly
The Witch Hazel album cover illustration has been a long time in the making! I didn’t realize just how much time I put into this painting, but I hope that the changes I made to my process and the extra time I dedicated to it will be apparent. I don’t usually count the hours when I paint, but since I began making speed painting videos I can now do the math (a time lapse video takes an image every 10 seconds). I was shocked to find I spent nearly 90 hours on this painting (which is more than double the norm and doesn’t include the work I put into the initial drawing).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! I am glad the band was patient with me though!
Some of the things I did differently:
- Worked on multiple concepts before choosing one
- Worked fairly large (this piece is 18″x24″)
- Worked with Oils instead of acrylics
- Did a full underpainting
- Repainted some parts of the piece that I wasn’t 100% happy with
I don’t think art works very well on a schedule/deadline. Some pieces might take 10 hours, and some might take 200 hours. You just have to paint until it is right. I do hope I will eventually be able to pump out pieces a bit faster. I’m trying really hard to be objective, but I can’t tell yet if these changes have improved my work at all. I guess all I can do is keep moving forward and pushing my limits as much as possible.
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