Aaaah. Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my last journal, I replied in the comments but again, THANKYOU!
I really appreciate all the encouragement and information you guys are giving, really it makes the whole fine art world seem a lot less scary. If I could bake you all banana bread I totally would because banana bread is awesome and you guys deserve it!
Yesterday I actually got a lot done, I almost finished painting my bathroom, and I did a quick bouguereau study! It's 8x10 and took like... er... 3 hours? Off and on during the afternoon. It was mainly to test out how to do my drawing underneath the oils. I did a sketch in pencil, and then "inked" over it with acrylic paint (obviously inked maybe isn't the best verb because I didn't use ink but oh well!) I used black paint and then erased my pencil when it dried. Then I did an acrylic wash of a bluish grey color over the surface, when it all dried I just began painting with oils. I like this method a lot, though I can see how it would be difficult if you don't have a reference to go on... I do think this method suits me though. I can make my references digitally, either paint them in photoshop or take reference pictures... or like.. both. Dan Dos Santos has this awesome way of photomaniping his reference so it's really close to his final piece, and then he just bases his oil painting on it.
I think I will do the linework much lighter next time, the harsh black is visible under my oils (you can still see some of the lines through her skin!) though in bigger paintings I will probably lay the oils on a little thicker :D
Anyway, here are some color doodles I did today... each took like 30 mins at most... the moth/cocoon one kept me up last night, as well as one with a mermaid that I haven't sketched yet.. I'll have to do it later because I have some work to get done :)