LOST BOY - MAKING OF

in #art4 months ago (edited)

The Lost Boy, my latest acrylic painting, was inspired by a poem with the same title, written by Reham Yeshar.

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Beware of the lost hearts,
They tend to leave broken pieces behind
Beware of the wavering minds
They cling so loosely to our hands

We are fooled by boys who wear the skin of men
Who let their pride speak while their desire is silenced
Who think their scars are a story of failure and weakness
Who own a tongue drenched in lies

A journey I will not share, regardless if I care
You will not find yourself in me,
And you will not break me as you look for yourself

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First, I made a sketch using wax coloured pencils and the following day I moved on to the canvas. The canvas was already primed, thus I did not have to apply any primer or gesso on it. This was a 16" by 20" canvas.

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I had to draw once more the Lost Boy and his two god mothers along with the checkered background and some other details.

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I used a raw burnt sienna and a watercolour brush with a small tip to colour the outlines.

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I applied the first layer of colour with the palette knife for one of the god mothers. Note that I selected a dark colour to create more natural looking shades later on.

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The boy's face and the second godmother received an initial coat of primary yellow which was applied also with a palette knife. At the moment I was looking for a smooth surface. Later on, I added a slight texture with palette knife.

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I used two complimentary colours, yellow and violet for the boy's hat.

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The checkered background was coloured using micaceous black and titanium white. You can see that the brush strokes are vertical.

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I repeated the process three times to ensure all the squares are fully covered with paint and have a nice depth. I did not want to have a simple black, but a nice greyish tone.

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The stripes applied on the face are supposed to enhance the following layers of paint. On the left side of boy's face, I added some stripes: a layer of gold followed by another one of micaceous black.

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The two profiles were covered in another layer of paint (raw sienna, titanium white and red mixture for subtle skin tones) using a dabbing sponge. Next, I covered the orange on the hat with a darker shade of red.

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Although in my sketch I had used different colors for the boy's face, I decided to go with more vivid ones. I wanted something that draws more attention to the face. Therefore, I thought a smooth transition from yellow to orange and from green to blue would do the trick.

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At last, I move to the last details: the nostrils, the girls in the bulb, tracing the outlines and correcting small mistakes.

Let's have another look at the final result! Drop me a line in the comments below if you'd like to see more of my artworks!

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I really like the way you used the primary colors and blended them together over his face, while leaving the background muted and tame. Good idea! It worked, because my eyes are drawn to the center face and the star of the painting.. even though the boy man is bad for the women in his life.. hehe. I Love how you paired a poem with your painting. I also like to give my inspiration for painting. It helps engage people and most can relate to the work on a more personal level. GREAT JOB!

!giphy great job




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Thank you! Coming from you, this is a great compliment! It was fun painting this lost boy. I did for a themed painting contest. Keeping my fingers crossed for the results!

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Your poem says a lot. When I saw the stripes on the left side of the boy's face, I thought it was alluding to him getting in trouble with the law at some point. ;)

A great poem, as is the painting it inspired!

Thank you, though I can take the credit only for the painting. The poem wasn`t written by me. It was given to me by a friend who invited me to join a painting contest inspired by poetry.

I see. You still did a fine job!

The work is very well done, the intense colors I love.

Thank you for your kind words!

Beautiful poetry and artwork. They go hand in hand perfectly.

Thank you for the feedback! Appreciated!

That's a fantastic piece! Both the art and the poem.

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Thanks for sharing your painting process. Nice vivid colors for the boy.

Thanks for sharing your
Painting process. Nice vivid
Colors for the boy.

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Nice seeing you here! Thank you!

Poetry and Art work very well together explaining the thought process.

Thanks for stopping by!

I wonder if it was the opposing influence of the grandmothers that turned him into a lost boy.
A great combination of the painting and the poem and it should do well.
Good job here my friend.
Blessings!

Thank you! The grandmas/ god mothers are to blame for his failure for sure! ;0)

Hahaha, I thought so my friend. We deal with many small ones at the charity that were damaged by false indoctrinations.
Blessings!

Nothing like always being yourself and showing it to the world. Beautiful poetry, I liked the feeling you expressed and the art of your drawing to accompany it.

Glad to see you enjoyed it! The poem wasn`t mine though! It was my inspiration for the painting!

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Interesting artwork @lymepoet. I liked how you explained the steps involved with creating the unique facial expression. Thanks for sharing your artwork.

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