Keeping Check : Studio Images

From the Wasp in a Wig Series, this painting is 18" x 24". Inspired by The Red and White Queens from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. Models Anastasia Acid PopTart and Pam Adams. 

Original sketch.

Original sketch.

Blocking in color.

Blocking in color.

More color and a peek at my reference shots. 

More color and a peek at my reference shots. 

Started the White Queens face.

Started the White Queens face.

A detail of the white queen.

A detail of the white queen.

Started the Red Queen's face.

Started the Red Queen's face.

Detailed the lion stand next to the white queen.

Detailed the lion stand next to the white queen.

Added a curtain to soften the background, and honestly, cause I could not get the left side of the window to work with the right side. Gotta love curtains!

Added a curtain to soften the background, and honestly, cause I could not get the left side of the window to work with the right side. Gotta love curtains!

Worked on rose bush and the Tove (part badger, part lizard, part corkscrew).

Worked on rose bush and the Tove (part badger, part lizard, part corkscrew).

I used tracing paper to get the general layout of the piece, so I could work on a sketch to add an element to the back of the chair and next to the lion. The platform was really bothering me in both of those locations, so I decided to add two additional narrative elements: The King, and a hookah smoking hedgehog. 

I used tracing paper to get the general layout of the piece, so I could work on a sketch to add an element to the back of the chair and next to the lion. The platform was really bothering me in both of those locations, so I decided to add two additional narrative elements: The King, and a hookah smoking hedgehog. 

The King transferred and roughed in with color.

The King transferred and roughed in with color.

All hail the King!

All hail the King!

Changes to the king and the white rabbit. You can see the basic outline of the hookah too.

Changes to the king and the white rabbit. You can see the basic outline of the hookah too.

Hookah developed further. Also Bill the lizard. He has an offering for the Tove.

Hookah developed further. Also Bill the lizard. He has an offering for the Tove.

Detail of the hedgehog to be.

Detail of the hedgehog to be.

Hedgehog finished.

Hedgehog finished.

Detail of the queens. 

Detail of the queens. 

Detail of the white rabbit and king. 

Detail of the white rabbit and king. 

Detail of the Hookah Hog. 

Detail of the Hookah Hog. 

The finished painting. 

The finished painting.