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Singing The Blues…

Most of my art is very optimistic.  

But I wanted to go a little dark (I know it’s ironic, since my version of dark is still a Disney princess looking forlorn).

During the time of this painting I was taking acting classes…

One of the girls in the class, CC, was incredibly hot and very unique.  She was a jazz singer who spent a fair time of brooding.  She invited me to attend a concert of hers at (if memory serves) the downtown Standard in LA.  I sketched her singing and decided I’d turn it into a painting.

Mike L. Murphy - Jazz Singer Painting sketch

Original sketch I did at the concert.

Mike L. Murphy - Jazz Singer Painting sketch

Sketch I did later after the model posed. (See reference pics below).

 

To really complicate my life (hindsight is 20/20) I got the bright idea to use gold leaf.

Gold Leaf is evil!

gold_leaf

It’s super thin and crinkles.

You touch it.  Crinkle.

You breathe on it.  Crinkle.

You look at it.

Yep.  Crinkle.

Luckily photoshop has cleaned up the serious crinkle issues I had.  I remember having to glue these little strips of gold leaf onto the canvas, only to see them crinkle when they hit the wet glue.  I know there are gold leaf masters out there, but sadly I am not one of them.

After CC’s concert I created some concept sketches.  You can see how I was playing around with the colors.  Ultimately I decided to go in a totally different direction and make the background completely abstract.

Mike L. Murphy - Jazz Singer Painting sketch

Warm color variation with character in cool colors.

Mike L. Murphy - Jazz Singer Painting sketch

Warmly dressed character in cool background colors.

CC came over to my pad and posed for some reference pics:

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Dry erase marker standing in for a cigarette. No lungs were harmed in the making of this painting.

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Close up of face and fingers.

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Pose version #1. I told CC to move around and ‘try on’ different poses.

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Pose variation #2. A little too sexy.

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This is the final pose I decided to go with. She nailed it! However I changed her head position so she’d be looking forward. This made for a better composition.

Once the reference images were shot I created this color study sketch:

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Which led me to create the final line work that would get transferred to the large canvas:

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The Final Image:

Singer painting by Mike L. Murphy

The completed painting.

 

If you like this painting, check out The Actress!