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Sternwood Sisters by captain-amazing Sternwood Sisters by captain-amazing
when i read The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, i wanted to do a painting of the two femmes fatales - Vivian and Carmen Sternwood.

the chair and some parts of carmen's pose were sourced from a stock image (by *faestock [link]) that doesn't seem to exist anymore.

most of this picture, particularly the lighting was made up as i went, so it might be a bit inconsistent or unrealistic, haha :D but as always i am very open to ANY kind of feedback, so if something looks off to you, please let me know and i may be able to fix it later. :)

i think i'm not painting in this style again, it takes too long!

i had trouble with shadows/colours on different monitors. basically you should be able to see some stripes on the back wall (left side particularly), and they should fade to shadow (or at least quite dark) by the right side of the wall.
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drigulch Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Oh yeah, they are definitely a pair of sinister sisters to be reckoned with. No wonder Bogey had a fear of having his teeth knocked out and getting kicked in the stomach for mumbling when these two torrid, twisted temptress decided to start asking questions. One wonders if their father might find himself self in such bad shape because of his loving daughters bringing him that daily dose of anti freeze in his tea to resolve that little issue of dad not approving of how they drink, whore, and gamble away their allowance.
captain-amazing Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, they weren't so bad, just written that way :D. but marlowe saw through their games from the start.
lizi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Love this!! The figures seem to have so much weight. The whole scene has a lot of depth to it. Something about this reminds me of a Caravaggio painting... maybe it's how the figures come out of the dark background. I love the hair on the girl sitting down especially.

In case you're curious: I'm on an iMac right now and the background looks completely black (no stripes visible at all).
captain-amazing Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the comment, i'm glad you liked it :)

still not sure how to deal with the differences between monitors and colour calibrations, but thanks for the info.
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