I recently finished reading Mortal Love which I'd recommend to anyone looking for something strange and fae. I found myself inspired by a mixture of beautiful and disturbing imagery, so of course I had to paint something. I managed to go through this process in about one day (the sketches came the night before).
I knew whatever I ended up painting needed to be lush and green, so I settled down and mixed a handful of greens and earthy colors to reference later while painting. My first thought was to do a watercolor under-painting with acryla-gouache on top, but I wound up sticking with straight watercolor.
I had a few sketches of the character I wanted to paint, Larkin, so I scanned in my favorite of the bunch. I spent some time arranging a basic composition before printing it out and making a new drawing on vellum so that I could stick my sketch beneath. When that sketch was complete I scanned it in, printed it on watercolor paper at the small size I wanted, and prepared it for painting. Since it was such a small piece and I wasn't going to load the paper with much water for washes, I simply taped it down to my board.
I decided to do some quick watercolor studies to get an idea of how the colors would interact and to see if there would be any unexpected results I would want to avoid or use to my advantage. In the top left I loved the glow of the eyes, the bluish tones in the lower left, and the addition of pink in the others. I laid out my swatches and color studies for reference and began painting, slowly building up layers of green.
I used a few different greens I'd mixed along some pink and gold. My pigments include: Perinone Orange, Perylene Green, Hookers Green, Serpentine Genuine (which I accidentally thought was sap green because my pallet is a mess), Quinacridone Gold Deep, Rose of Ultramarine, Van Dyke Brown, and a tiny bit of Cobalt Blue. Once I'd build up the painting with watercolor I used some white acryla-gouache for highlights and added some spots of metallic gold and duochrome green, which you can only see if you see the painting in person.
I thoroughly enjoyed making this little painting... and there are plans in the works for more small paintings in February.