The Making of "Broa Longship"

I began to paint "Broa Longship"while I was vending my first year at Parke Diem 2018 in Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA.  
But that's not where the idea began... As you can see in the photo below, I mapped out this design with careful thought and planning!
The design was based off of traditional norse art style from the Broa era.  In March of 2018 I purchased a commercial license from Jonas Lau Markussen's "The Anatomy of Viking Art".
I colored the graphic with a gradient, then I took crayons and I drew it out in my final composition.  I brought my reference images to the park and began to plan out how I would divide my painting, and then used my normal procedures to build upon my layers to create the final image.
As you can see above, I have painted this same painting four times and stopped at specific points in the progress.  WHY would I do such an obnoxious and painstaking thing?
Well, as some of you may know, I have filmed a full length painting tutorial for a custom pet portrait.  I only painted that painting twice.  And let me tell you, I would have KILLED to have these templates that I've created for the Broa Longship.  
Did you figure out my plan?  This painting will be the next painting tutorial that I will film.  It will also be used in an advanced workshop that I will be teaching. 
If you are interested in trying your hand at Broa Longship or in a custom Pet Portrait workshop, email me at with inquiries and to be put on the waiting list!

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