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« on: January 21, 2013 01:22:17 PM »

So there's a saying that goes, "that which holds the image of an angel becomes itself an angel," and in that case, we're all in trouble...and it's all my fault. Oops. Ok so I'm not talking about your standard fluffy baby with white downy wings that goes around with a halo over it's head. I'm talking about the super awesome, very scary weeping angels that are the best Doctor Who villains in my humble opinion.

I have a friend who is an equally big Doctor Who nerd (or perhaps even bigger, it is very possible), and I decided for one of her Christmas presents I was going to attempt to paint a weeping angel! Now I'm not known for my painting skill, and I would not really claim to have any to begin with, but ever since my drawing classes at college, and my newfound awareness for light and shadow and generally being able to render a somewhat accurate representation of objects in 3-D I thought it would be a fun project to attempt. And if I failed I'd burn it and no one would ever know. But to my delight and surprise the painting came out rather well (for a beginner anyway).

Here's the final product!

I was using acrylic paints and I know that they have a tendency to dry very quickly but I was surprised by just how quickly that was; blending the shades was quite a challenge! I think I did it well enough but of course AFTER I finished the painting I researched mediums to extend the drying time, thus allowing more time for blending, and remembered something called acrylic retarding medium. Duh. Well next time I'll pick some up. But in any case I'm happy with how this came out. The background is a bit flat for my tastes but I don't want to ruin it when I'm happy with how it is as it stands.

Here's some progress pictures!

The first layer: all black. I was trying to sketch out the darkest shadows and planned to do shades of grey over it. Ironically when I put the grey on top it almost completely covered up the black areas which was surprising. But I recovered.

More layering, trying to flesh out the shadows and light.

Close up! Ahh! Scary!

Shots of the edges.

I really am happy with how this turned out and it makes me want to paint more. Just need to find the next subject...

« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2013 01:26:18 PM »

Very nice! Of course now your friend will have a weeping angel staring at her from her wall and will have to back out of the house from now on.


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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2013 01:32:38 PM »

Very nice! Of course now your friend will have a weeping angel staring at her from her wall and will have to back out of the house from now on.

Haha, yeah I know. I apologized for that when I gave it to her. Now she's planning some plot to scare the crap out her husband who is creeped out by the angels

« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2013 01:48:03 PM »

Awsomeness. Weeping angels scare the bejeuse out of me!

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013 02:13:28 PM »

hubby has tried to forbid me to do Who swaps, just in case an angel comes thru the mail.  Smiley

id hang this in my closet just to freak him out in the mornings. Cheesy

nice job.  and kudos to those who can paint and draw. my jealously levels are thru the roof.

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2013 02:53:37 PM »

you did an awesome job! you should join our Doctor Who craft-along! We love angels lol

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