Wildlife Art Demonstration: A step by step guide
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Wherever I display my Art, people want to know how it was done. I am now putting together some
workshop pieces to show how my paintings are developed stage by stage and the techniques I use to achieve
I wasn't taking this picture too seriously
at this stage, as I was still experimenting
with pastels and wasn't sure if the
Schmeike sandpaper surface I was
drawing on was capable of delivering fine
results. I had sketched the cub out
loosely on paper and then transferred it
to the Schmeike pastel paper. I was using
pastel pencils and doing some smudging
with my fingers, the face started to take
shape and so I decided to continue.
I liked the way the 'tooth' of the pastel
paper held onto the pastel and felt
confident to build up layers of colour.
The eyes are always the key to a cat
portrait and I was happy to see that I
could 'glaze' over with a light magenta to
show some reflection giving life and the
illusion of wetness to the eyes. It was
important not overdo this however, as I
had to bear in mind that the eyes were
actually in the shade and not reflecting
direct sunlight. With that in mind a
magenta was used in preference to a
bright white which would have been a
mistake. I was beginning to spread an
undercoat of raw sienna colour across
the body by this stage.
Over the raw sienna, which was done
with a 'wash' of softer pastel, I started
to build up the direction of the fur with
darker strokes. Direction is all darker
strokes. Direction is all important, as
when it is done with a careful
understanding, it gives a clear shape
and solidity to the whole body. A
framework upon which to build.
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Gallery 2 North American and British Wildlife such as Bears, wolves, eagles, owls, and red deer stags.