Look out! Assassin on the Loose!

Run for your lives!!!

Tonight I had the pleasure of finally finishing this piece and I think I am pretty darn happy with the outcome.

To be honest, I'm not sure how long this piece took (I'm ball-parking it somewhere around 12 to 14 hours) since a lot of the time I spent on it I was either pouring through reference and fixing the composition or struggling with the pain from my surgery and the nausea of narcotics.

Regardless, I think this piece is a big step forward in several directions which I've been actively trying to improve in. I'll break it down for you below.

1. Anatomy
I used reference so heavily for this piece that my second monitor looked like the photo collection from a voyeur's hard drive. I have been reading Andrew Loomis's Figure Drawing: For All It's Worth lately and have found it be an invaluable source of knowledge. I'm really happy with the way the assassin turned out since she is anatomically spot on and forced me to finally face my normal taboo with drawing semi-clad females.

2. Composition
While I'm not 100% where I want to be yet, I did actively try to compose this piece using the rule of thirds, forcing the central character off center to the right. This was oddly difficult for me- the more I flipped the canvas and stared at the piece the more her position bothered me...eventually I ended up compromising and placed her not quite at the 2/3 mark, but more of the 3/5.

3. Perspective
This took a lot of effort and I definitely think it was worth it. I spent much of today just working on perspective and ensuring that all elements of the painting, from the smallest objects to the furthest silhouette were in correct perspective. I can't wait to do this for future paintings... it was strangely cathartic having everything line up so easily without any guesswork. Similarly, I really enjoyed adding the smoke, fog, and atmospheric perspective to this piece; I could write a whole blog post (and maybe I will!) about tips and tricks in Photoshop to make this process easier.

Without further walls of texts, here is the finished piece. I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed working on it.



The process of painting this piece was recorded from start to finish; as soon as I have the chance to narrate over the footage and render it I will share it with you all on YouTube.


  1. Great finish, it reminds me somewhat of Borg off star trek! Her corset and booties are beautiful.

    You certainly should share your tips and tricks on perspective on youtube, you have an excellent grasp of it.

    1. Thanks! The wonderful thing is I ALREADY DO share my stuff on youtube :-D! I'm still editing and narrating this video, but you can check out over a dozen of my other pieces on my youtube channel, here:


    2. Also, check the top nav bar for all my other digital facets.

  2. Ugh, the background makes me so very jealous.

    Love the little skeletal details on the corset, it's a nice touch. I feel like she's floating, though, something leaves her disconnected from the ground... Maybe a little more of a shadow might fix that? Other than that, I think you definitely did what you set out to do! Also, the spike/spinal column-looking ponytail thing going on is great.

    (Have to say, it makes me cringe thinking about what would happen if those piercings got caught on something.)

    1. Thanks for the comment! The reason she looks like she is floating is because of her "ballet" high heels (they literally look like this http://ballet-boots.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/ballet-boots2.jpg).

      It is a bit weird though :-/

      I'm glad you like the background, it took quite a few hours to do (I'll show you how in the video for this piece, once it is ready). I've been struggling to get good perspective in backgrounds, now I think I finally have it!

      And yep, she definitely causes a lot of cringing... most piercings freak me out for that very reason.