My friend Wendy started her lab at MIT last year. She studies ribosomes, the tiny machines that turn RNA into protein. One of the questions she is interested in is why there are so many different kinds of ribosomes. Do they do different things? Or work in different situations?
She asked me to create a painting to illustrate her website. This is what I came up with. This painting is 98% oil and 2% Photoshop. I had to use Photoshop to stitch together the scans anyway, and I found that the “overlay” function on the brush tool works a lot like glazing. Both allow you to lay transparent color over an area without changing the texture underneath. So I used that to touch up the highlights and deepen a few shadows.