About the Artwork
March was, alas, not finished in time for March. I had to redesign another of my websites. Between that and taxes, I was swamped for over a month and didn’t have time to paint.
However, she’s here now and she’s celebrating Spring and all that it brings!
When I was growing up, in Spring, we would go outside and frolic in the flowers. Most years, that involved holding a buttercup (some people use a dandelion) up to our chins to see the yellow reflection on our chins. The petals are highly reflective, so it makes this beautiful yellow-orange glow. The degree to which it glows is supposed to mean various things, depending on which version of the folk story you grew up hearing. The most common version tells you if you like butter.
Kinda silly. I don’t need a flower to tell you that I like butter!
But the glow looks pretty and always reminds me of Spring.
This painting will be a part of a calendar that I’ll be putting together around the end of 2017, for 2018. Join my mailing list or follow me on your favorite social media to see more, and to find the calendar when it comes out!
Be sure to view the full-size image (and closeups) in the Portraits section of the gallery!
About the Artwork
Elizabeth from Bioshock:Infinite.
Such an amazing game – been wanting to paint this one a while! If you’re a fan of excellent storylines, this is the game for you. I also recommend the first one in the series, the original Bioshock.
View all of my artwork in the gallery!
I’ve decided to do a painting a day for 30 days. I may keep up with it for longer, we shall see!
Why am I doing this, you ask?
#1 – #99. To loosen up my left brain, which always always always tries to take over whenever I’m painting. Sometimes this is great, like the stages when I should be refining a painting. However, it likes to get in there and get detail-oriented waaaaaaaaayyyyy too early, which is never a good thing when it comes to overall composition.
So, these are going to be messy. Rough. And hopefully more right brained.
I’ll be going through various “themes” as I do this.
This week: Take two words that start with the same letter and combine them in some way.
Many of you may have been familiar with my work from my old website, Rainne.com. I’ve dropped the pseudonym/alias/pen name/whatever. Most artists these days don’t really seem to use them anymore. It seems to be a habit from 10 or 15 years ago, back when I was first getting interested in becoming an illustrator/painter.
It just won’t fly anymore if I’m going to start marketing myself as a professional artist.
And so, StephanieShimerdla.com was born. Rainne.com will continue to redirect here for at least a year or so. We’ll see about after that.
You may also be familiar with me from my Photoshop resources website, ObsidianDawn.com. That one will stick around, and I’ll continue to add more stuff to it. Although a lot more of the Photoshop brushes are going to cater toward illustrators and painters.
You’re also going to see a huge influx of new paintings from me, starting a few months down the road. I’m doing a lot of self-educating currently, re-familiarizing myself with the territory that I was just starting to feel comfortable around a good 10 years or so ago, before I got started with ObsidianDawn.com and stopped focusing on my artwork.
I’m going to be doing some portrait work to make sure that my realism skills are still there, and then dive head first into some more complex Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Emotive work.