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The Google Commission - Part 2

October 1, 2018

Hello again,


After doing research on the hundreds of wildflowers that are native to San Francisco, it was time to create the concept painting.  The concept painting is what I submitted to the design board at Google for approval and it was a miniature version of the final painting.


For the concept painting, I did roughly 100 sketches of different compositional layouts, featuring varying flora.  In addition, it's in this stage that I experimented with the color palette.  


Here are some photos from the concept painting process:



I began doing several watercolor studies of various flowers and combinations of flowers.



Then, I began sketching on large pieces of paper - 4 feet x 5 feet (1/4 of the size of the final painting).  The sketches are done with ink and pastel.


Here is the final concept painting that I submitted for approval.  Luckily, they loved it as much as I did!





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