first attempt at this, a variety of studies involving starlight, and a bit of context.
So. A few months ago itisallart made a request that I depict my perspective on Beautiful. Such a thing should have been simple, but then I started thinking about it, and as it turns out, it isn’t; which is probably why it took so long (apologies).
See, one’s opinion on beauty, and what’s beautiful is both extremely vague and very specific. If you ask someone “What’s Beautiful?”, they will think of a thousand different things—-varied between people, concepts, clothing, objects, stories, nature, etc. etc.—-but when told to pick one, they would need to narrow down everything they think is beautiful into something so condensed as to define what beauty is, and yet that definition remains subjective.
I myself find a whole host of things beautiful, and a majority of this space is inhabited by those things, but when I tried to think what defines beauty for me, I ran into a problem. I knew it must incorporate Nature, but what of it? Should it be realistic or fantastical? I thought of fairies or nymphs in tree branches, sleeping in moss, coming out of the water, helping flowers grow, dancing on mushrooms. I thought of clouds depicting something to that effect. Eventually, I settled on the Moon and stars, which, of all Nature, I find the most calming and comforting—-the Night illuminated by small points of light—-in addition to being beautiful. It is solemn, yet serene; empty, yet containing everything. It is a void with personality. The spirit was added to better personify this feeling.
The top left image above is my initial attempt. I didn’t like how it turned out. The pose was a bit too imposing for my intention, and I was a bit iffy on the number of stars and my cross-hatching.
Before trying again, I wanted to experiment with depicting stars, and lighting, and whatnot. Normally, I don’t studies, or at least studies with a specific purpose behind them. I can usually make something look how I want it to (or very near so) without them.
These are the result.
And apologies if that got a bit too whimsical and rambly…