I should paint more images of nude or semi-nude females. I didn't do as poorly as I thought in the past when I painted figures. This one, with generic magical items and special effects, was modeled for by a friend of a friend who had a nice body and didn't mind showing it off. The photo developers (in those days, we didn't all have digital cameras) were all too happy to develop nude model shots provided that the pictures were not pornographic. I had my model pose with sheer fabrics, staff, and sphere of power. Nowadays countless models or model wannabes post their own images, nude or clothed or adorned, on places like deviantART with an open invitation for artists to use them as photo references.
Somewhere in my studio those images still exist. I should find them and digitize them. I need all the photo models I can get. I did other paintings from these photos as well, which also need to be saved as digital files. I tried to paint "realistic" breasts on my female pose characters, but maybe this one's are too pointy at the nipple? I'd have to review the photos to find out. I should paint and draw more figures, really.
"Blue Drift" is acrylic on illustration board, 7" x 10", April 2000.