Elf Princess


Elf Princess painting © Elli Maanpää 2014 / 65cm x 54 cm

This painting is a commissioned work for my friend Laura. She called me couple of weeks ago and said that she has red frames 65cm of height and 54cm of width and she would like to have  new image/poster/painting inside it that would fit the decoration of her 6-month-old daughter’s room. I got free hands to come up with an artwork that would be suited for the little princess but also enjoyable to the adults of the house.

Below is my initial doodles. First I was thinking about a painting of a princess who’s hair is full of fairy tale animals. But the sketching evolved to another direction and ended up being dominated by an bold beauty with pointy ears and Bambi with heart shaped horns. I sent Laura the sketch on the right and she loved the idea.elfprincess_sketches_ellimaanpaa_2014So then it was time to get into the real painting business.
elf_princess_ellimaanpaa_sketch_2014_2This is one of the biggest watercolor paintings I’ve ever done so I had to resign my whole work desk to be able to work on it. Luckily it wasn’t a rush hour in our workroom this week so I was able to conquer more space.elf_princess_ellimaanpaa_2014_painting

Here is how the painting developed. I used watercolors, gouache, ink and in the finishing pencils and color pencils.elf_princess_ellimaanpaa_painting_2014_stage_1elf_princess_ellimaanpaa_painting_2014_stage_2elf_princess_ellimaanpaa_painting_2014_stage_3You can see the final painting in the beginning of this post. Here is couple more photographs of the details. The beauty is in the details. Love and happy weekend to all!
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