Wylie Beckert

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Month of Love: Diamonds Posted on 09 Feb 2015


tiny oil painting
Now that February is here again, it's time for Month of Love (the weekly art challenge masterminded by Kristina Carroll). This week's theme is "diamonds."

Casting around for inspiration on the theme, I came across an article on the Koh-I-Noor diamond; once the largest diamond in the world, it was gradually chiseled down to an eighth of its original size by various owners who wished to improve upon it.

tiny oil painting

Thumbnail concept (left) and 8x10" pencil underdrawing (right).



I originally wanted to make a piece that showed a flaw as a source of power - a crack in the surface allowing access to a well of glowing light. As I started sketching, though, my character's expression turned less tranquil, and the theme shifted. I think now it's a piece about inspiration - the frustration of digging through dirt and rubble in search of the hidden idea that will be a diamond.

Be sure to check out the new Month of Love blog for more art - there's an insane roster of artists participating in the challenges this time around, and new pieces are appearing daily.

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