September 1, 2006 2 Comments
The creative process has already gone through many stages before I even think about putting any paint on the canvas, from actually visiting the animal, whether that be in a wildlife park, private reserve or the wilds of Africa.
From there I gather my references and think about the composition, lighting and mood I want to convey.
The drawing is then put on the canvas, sealed with a thin acrylic coat and allowed to dry.
Adding the paint
The 1st layers of paint are merely blocking in, I am however conscience of painting in the fur direction even at this early stage.
The main challenge of this stage is to achieve a solid form, one which I can build detail and colour variations upon.
Continuation of the blocking in stage
Further blocking in
At this stage the first blocking in stage is almost complete. I estimate the painting to be approx 40% completed. Absolutely everything will now be adjusted as I bring the paintng to completion.
Refining the painting means adding many more layers of paint building upon the under layers (above) increasing the feeling of fur depth. I also glaze areas to give very subtly variations in colour.
Below you can see the finished painting.
Oil on canvas – 32 x 20in
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