The Illusionist : Studio Images

Formerly titled Transformation. This painting was playfully started as an expansion of my left leg tattoo, but has developed as a way for me to think about the fragility of both health and beauty. 

 The initial sketch on panel. 

The initial sketch on panel. 

 Ti supervises the addition of color. 

Ti supervises the addition of color. 

 Bringing in a tiger. 

Bringing in a tiger. 

 And then two.

And then two.

 Floating tigers symbolized both freedom and being out of control. 

Floating tigers symbolized both freedom and being out of control. 

 Playing around with the flames. Too heavy and static before. 

Playing around with the flames. Too heavy and static before. 

 This painting at home with my special lap warmer. 

This painting at home with my special lap warmer. 

 Live painting at Clash in the Oregon District.

Live painting at Clash in the Oregon District.

 Live painting at the Dayton Racquet Club.

Live painting at the Dayton Racquet Club.

 More major changes. 

More major changes. 

 Transforming the former floating woman. I liked the idea of her being the smoke. 

Transforming the former floating woman. I liked the idea of her being the smoke. 

 She is also a loose interpretation of a self-portrait. 

She is also a loose interpretation of a self-portrait. 

 A closeup of the new hands with funky rings. 

A closeup of the new hands with funky rings. 

 Yet another attempt at the flames. 

Yet another attempt at the flames. 

 A new focal point. 

A new focal point. 

 Now I have decided to take out the second tiger and reevaluate the composition

Now I have decided to take out the second tiger and reevaluate the composition

 Adding silver foil.

Adding silver foil.

 Used painters tape to clean up the line edges. 

Used painters tape to clean up the line edges. 

 Updated lines. 

Updated lines. 

 Changed the center rectangle to contain some depth line work. 

Changed the center rectangle to contain some depth line work.