Time for your opinion. I’ve been trying the Flemish painting technique recently, which involves using a greyscale layer to build values, then glazing colour over top. I’m working on this painting with oils.
Over the last month, I’ve collectively already spent about 14 hours on this image. I wanted to get things just right before moving onto colour. I had most of the idea and composition ready before I started, but now I’m at a crossroads and wondering what you think of the following:
Should there be more limbs added to fill out the background? Here’s a quick mock-up of that I did in Photoshop on top of a photo. Is it too busy with more limbs?
What colour scheme works? I’m going for a somber mood, and originally I was going to go with warm greens. I think that still works, however purples also seem to look great. I’m worried it might make “cheer up” the painting too much to stick with greens, as the theme in this piece is about the toils of work and how replaceable we are. I specifically chose a male torso in the end, partly because the male body is associated with manual labour.
It appears this painting is resonating with many people as well. Why is that? What about it is resonating with you? There’s no shame in saying it’s just because you enjoy the form… Some people have come up with their own sci-fi theories behind these paintings so far, and I find that really fun! If you have any kind of backstory or theory you’ve been tossing about while looking at these, I’d love to hear it.