Well, some images take a short amount of time, and others take longer. But once in a while there comes along an image that just won’t let it go! This zebra pic is such an image. I don’t know how many hours I spent on creating and editing this image, but you can imagine that since I hand painted the background myself, it wasn’t quick. While editing the final image I would work for hours on details, and then go to sleep and dream of zebra pattern!

I think it’s great. I don’t know how it will be received by others…it’s sort of different from what I usually do. Rather than the model standing out, she blends into the background…which is sort of the point. I appreciate the beauty of ‘simple’, and this one went in the other direction! I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who thinks the particular direction I’ve chosen to go with this image is something they’d like to see more of.

The model is Jessica Cruz, and she was great. It takes quite a long time to get painted head to toe, and she couldn’t have been more patient or fun. I know, because I’m the one who did the painting. I’ve had worse jobs! The mask was not painted by me, that was an actual zebra mask I got somewhere…but that’s the only thing about this that was already zebra when I started.  😉  If you have any questions about this ambitious picture, let me know. I had fun with it, and I’m really proud of it.

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