It took me a while to complete this, not only because the image is large, but I had to hone my technique so that I can apply the same methods to the other two panels of the triptych for consistency. So, I couldn’t just use a process of trial and error, because I’m going to have to repeat it. This basically involved at least 3 layers of painting. In other words, every square inch is painted over at least 3 times to get the effect I want. Don’t ask how I do it. It’s a pain, and what works for one image or section of an image doesn’t necessarily work for another. And when I say it’s finished, I mean for a single panel. Once all three are done, I’ll have to put them together and do the final touch ups and polishing. Right now there’s too much “noise” and artifacts, and I haven’t finalized some of the lighting and shading, contrast, sharpness, and so on, which will remain flexible.
You may wonder why I bothered to digitally paint it. Aside from that I just love that textured surface effect – Van Gogh is tied for my favorite all-time painter – when you see the close ups side by side you can see why as well.
I didn’t render my Blender file at a high resolution. It would have taken hours to do so, and since I intended to paint over it, I just used a screenshot, or, rather, several screenshots stitched together, and overlapped. Now it can be printed quite large [up to about 4X5 feet] with high resolution. Also, some of the painterly techniques worked really well with the metallic colors for an overall effect I don’t think I’ve quite seen before. See details at “actual pixels” below.
I really want to finish the whole thing in the next couple weeks, so I have one month to finish one more piece I have planned before my move to Cambodia (better visa situation allowing artists to live cheaply enough that they don’t have to work full time and sideline art), after which I won’t have a suitable monitor, will be scrambling for work, and otherwise probably not able to focus on art until I get settled. Might do some “analog” work though.