The Dreaming of Debby Harry

Dreaming of Debby Harry © 2015 Todd Bane

The Dreaming of Debby Harry © 2015 Todd Bane

I was never a huge of of Punk or New Wave. When that trend started I was just wetting my young ears on the early sounds of Heavy Metal. But I liked Blondie, and I really liked their singer, Debby Harry. She had a dreamlike state about her. She kept her eyes half closed and she had a magical voice. And she had a slight air of danger about her. And all that was perfect in the eyes of a young music fan.

The title of the painting refers to my favorite Blondie song, Dreaming. It is the perfect power pop song! Great musicianship, wild drumming, and a sultry vocal performance.

I summoned my inner Nagal as I started this portrait. The colors were chosen from the palette of the early New Wave posters and album covers. The painting is both loud in its presentation, but soft in its delivery. Much like the lady herself.

 

I kept the line work on the sketch very simple and clean. I wanted the emphasis to be pointing to her eyes.

Dreaming of Debby Harry, pt 1 © 2015 Todd Bane

The Dreaming of Debby Harry, Part 1
© 2015 Todd Bane

 

The shading was also kept simple. I stayed away from using too much of a contrast between the shadowa and the highlights.

Dreaming of Debby Harry, shading © 2015 Todd Bane

The Dreaming of Debby Harry, Part 2
© 2015 Todd Bane

I stayed with the pink and blue color scheme to keep the painting soft and inviting.

Dreaming of Debby Harry, color © 2015 Todd Bane

Dreaming of Debby Harry, Part 3
© 2015 Todd Bane

 

And I finish it off with a flurry of splatter and textures to bring the painting to life.

Dreaming of Debby Harry © 2015 Todd Bane

The Dreaming of Debby Harry, Part 4 ©2015 Todd Bane

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