Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lola WIP: Part One

A friend has recently adopted a hairless sphinx cat, and I'm a little obsessed with her.

Basic block-in:

Some refinement:

Adjusting the colors more:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Humble Jewel 4 - Finished Piece

Have I mentioned that I hate my scanner? Because I hate my scanner.

Anyway, she's all done. I'm ridiculously happy with it; it's even more beautiful irl.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Humble Jewel 4 WIP: Part Four

The downy feathers took just FOREVER:

A smattering of background. The piece is mantled at this point; I need to decide exactly how much more I want to add. A value change is in order, but executing it is going to be nerve-wracking.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Humble Jewel 4 WIP: Part Three

Still puttering away. Had twenty minutes to work on it but brain was melted, so I started the primaries a little bit:

Probably about two hours work to finish the primaries, secondaries, and those decorative back feathers:

For the shadow underneath the bird, I colored in a dense dark area with a few different pencils and then brushed it smooth with paint thinner (it dissolves the wax). The smooth, flat, dark layer can then be built up if I need to.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Humble Jewel WIP: Part Two

With the sparrow painting done, I could finally get back to working on the peahen piece. I don't usually block in large areas when I work in colored pencil, but it was a rough day and I needed to feel like I'd accomplished something.

About an hour and a half of refining:

And another hour and a half. This part was particularly difficult to render; keeping track of the abstract shapes is very mentally straining, and I tried to take as few breaks as possible.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

House Sparrow WIP: Part Two

Kept on trucking right through this one. I roughed in the background using progressively lighter mixes, painting negatively. I wanted the background to appear somewhat fuzzy, like an out-of-focus photo.

With the background mostly roughed in at this point, I spent about an hour and a half detailing the bird, focusing more on rendering the anatomy than on getting the light/shadow pattern:

And this is the finished piece. This is a scan; the background color is much closer irl to the photos above, and the reds are a little too bright.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

House Sparrow WIP: Part One

For the second time this year, had another opportunity with a short deadline throw itself in front of me. So I started yet another painting, this time a small acrylic piece on gessoboard.

Line drawing:

I covered the background with a reddish-brown mix. Then I roughly blocked-in the bird. Next came a blueish layer over background, painting in a few branches negatively.