Giraffe Painting – Finished

Well thanks everyone for completing that last poll – very interesting – I’ll adjust my new posts to cover your comments:)

Interestingly composition received quite a large number of votes and for this latest Giraffe painting I felt the composition was lacking somehow.

I was happy with the grass and also the giraffe, but although the giraffe was supposed to be moving, he / the scene, seems somewhat static. One way to make things look  like it’s moving is to blur it a little, I’m sure you have all seen photo’s of racing cars that are blurred a bt to make the car look like it’s moving fast. But that wasn’t going to work in this instance, he just wasn’t moving THAT FAST! Ha… I just wanted the giraffe to look like he was gentle walking – so what could I do?

Well I finally decided that by adding some birds, moving from the giraffe towards the tree it would lead the viewers eye, creating that subtle feeling of movement I was after. Also to make the composition more pleasing I chose an odd number of birds (3 oxpeckers), and made sure they were all unevenly spaced too.

Hope you like the finished result (note due to the contrast of the photo the giraffe looks a little cut out – it’s better in real life 🙂


Giraffe Painting – Detailing The Grass

I want this painting to be quite realistic and that means to me that the grasses will also need to be detailed. Which on my large paintings is not usually a problem, but as mentioned this painting is something like 20in wide, so quite small.

Painting in all the individual grasses and little seed pods etc would no doubt look contrived and unrealistic, so I needed to devise another more natural way. What I did was a combination of loose directional brush strokes in the under painting and then a layer of spatter using various colours and a toothbrush! (old one 🙂 then I went back in with the brush just to define the more important grasses.

I think it has come out ok so far. I need to let this bit dry before I do the very front ones – then I will go back and work most of the painting again.

There are some great close-ups of the grass etc on my site


Giraffe Painting – Tutorial (WIP) Latest Original Oil Painting

I’ve just started to paint this magnificent African Giraffe. The photos below shows the very 1st stages – I have drawn the giraffe and scene on the canvas and also toned the canvas with Burnt Sienna, just to eliminate the stark whiteness. I’ve also started to block in the sky and distant trees / bushes.

The subsequent photos show more layesr being added as I complete the blocking in stage.

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Hope you are enjoying this tutorial – remember more free painting tutorials available on my site

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