Now Alien had been dwelling in the back of my mind for a while this year and while I'm not entirely happy with it (wish I'd thought out more thumbnails and compositions, making it more experimental at the start) it still turned out fairly decent I think.
There was still a lot I had to force myself to push color and contrast-wise, and even then I was fairly leery of it. As a result, a few paintings in the near future will feature more strict color-palette choices and more experimental values (no more of this hiding in the middle norm, I need to push these things that I'm finding I'm uncomfortable playing with).
All of that being said, the second movie piece I wound up doing kind of at random has made me absolutely giddy with future experiments. I had no idea what I was doing half the time while working on this painting, so when things kept winding up looking great I was a bit astounded. Eli is therefore my encouragement to get the hell out of my comfort zone and start playing more. My paints are demanding more spontaneity and they're quite right in doing so.
And some detail shots for those of you who are just as obsessed with paint strokes as I am.
As always, if you want to see more progress shots or other various projects that haven't made their way to this blog, check out my tumblr.