Daub du Jour

My name is Marianne Plumridge. I am an artist of mythic fantasy works and fine art images. More of which can be seen at my website, 'MariannePlumridge.com', and also my main Blog, 'Muse du Jour'. These sites are in the links section of this page. This site began life as a painting a day blog in 2007. However that project has now passed, but I still find myself painting in that way. So this site will now be the showcase my new paintings as inspired by those previous efforts.

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Location: New England, United States

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Escape Velocity...a new painting!

Escape Velocity
(Oil, 14x18") Price: $450.00 SOLD
I had the idea for this painting while in Denver last September. I'd picked up this little blank paged booklet at a previous convention in Memphis, TN a few months before, and been carrying it around for ages. Every so often I'd get an idea and scribble down a thumbnail for it along with some notes. This is the result of one of those scribbles.

It took me a while to work out the robot design as I'm not good at working up technology with out some kind of clue of what I'm doing. So I borrowed one of the little articulated robots that I got my hubby for Christmas and set him up under a light under the Christmas tree for a photo shoot. It's all about the pose and foreshortening. Anyway, the robot was Black Ox - a Japanese one - and my design looks nothing like him. The model was completely black with two big horn/cone things sprouting from his temples...and well, my robot doesn't... But it served the purpose.

It took two sessions to paint this one, and I think I can safely say that I've achieved my goal.

The palette included: Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, a little Permanent Rose, Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Light, and Cobalt Violet. Brushes were the usual array of big flats, small Filberts, and some little pointy Rounds. Oh, and the big fluffy blending brushes - two of them!

These are the two thumbnails I scribbled out when this idea struck.

This was the last of three sketch ideas for my robot that I spent a recent Sunday drawing up. I liked this one the best. I also liked poring over some of our pulp SF magazine art in our reference books. In the end, I created my own robot. Hope you like him...

More paintings to come. I'm currently working on a little dragon painting...stay tuned.

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