Sunday, June 15, 2014

Red-Breasted Merganser WIP: Part Three

About another hour of work, mostly on the water:

It's hard to tell, but this is two and a half hours later. I've started tightening things up: adjusting details, colors, and values.

Detail shot:

Another two and a half hours of fine-tuning work:

It's getting near the end. I can't wait to finish it and scan it; my crappy cell pics really don't do it justice at all.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Red-Breasted Merganser WIP: Part Two

More progress pics. This after another hour of work. Adjusted the local colors on top and rear of the bird, as well as more water ripples (there are always more water ripples).

Two and a half hours later. Detail work on the bird, particularly the back and belly/flank feathers. Painting the fine barring on the sides was like staring at an optical illusion for an hour.

Detail shot of the bird at this point:

Another hour and a half of work. Some glazes on the bird, but mostly working on water again.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Red-Breasted Merganser WIP: Part One

Tackling another large piece, this time an acrylic to shake things up a bit. This is 12 by 36 inches, acrylic on cradled gessoboard (everything Ampersand touches turns to gold). After two coats: blocking in the water and the big values of the bird:

Smoothing out the water, refining it a little:

Basic local colors of the bird:

Head detail and some water reflections:

More work on the head:

See that little patch of darkness in the water by its breast? That's two hours of work right there. Two. Hours. Painting water reflections.

Another two hours of work. Again, mostly working on water, and building a little depth on the head.

Turaco - Finished

It took less work than I thought to finish it up. Watercolor and colored pencil on hot-press illustration board.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Turaco WIP: Part 1

Tired of fighting with big paintings for a little while, so I started something small that I could bang out to try and get back in the groove. This is on a small piece of hot-press illustration board, which I usually avoid like the plague. But I thought that, for this piece, I could use its tendency to preserve brushmarks to add some texture.

The first hour:

After two hours:

After three hours:

I have a little more watercolor work to do, and then I will accent with colored pencil.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cheetahs WIP: Part One

The latest project. Still experimenting with the technique; not sure how it's going to turn out or what direction it's going to run down.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Yellow-crowned Night Herons WIP: Part 3

Worked on the background and the front bird a lot, trying to bring everything together. The front bird did not have as strong a light source against it, so building form was trickier than with the rear bird.

It's now at the stage where I set it aside for a month or so and then come back to look at it. We'll see what I think next time...