Monday, 3 August 2015

Lesson No.5 - Re-working the Chicken's Heads

Starting with Donna's head (the top one) we are going over our initial wash with thicker paint, and a fine brush.  Brush in the very darks first in the direction of the feather growth (we want some texture now).  Mid-tones are next, then white.  Use just white for the highlights even though this area is in shadow.  While the paint is wet, it will blend in and mix with the darker hues anyway.


Little Ricca is next.  She is a little closer to the viewer, so requires even more attention to detail.

Jo has redefined the chickens' beaks and dabbed some more pink highlights in their combs.  When you look closely at the chickens, you don't realise how crazy their combs and wattles etc are until you paint them!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

We Paint the Nostrils and Ear in Lesson No. 19

The nostrils have to appear as an indent.  Put a bit of shadow colour under the top curve to push the hole back into the head.  The right one is obscured, so just a bit of shadow on the left side to push it behind the nose.  The ear is slightly indented as well, so paint in that dirty orangey colour first, then add a bit of shadow colour to the mix and brush it in around the inside curve.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Lesson No.4 - Washing in the Shadows

With our Cobalt and Cadmium Red, we just washed in the shadows, placing the darks and mid-tones, leaving white canvas for that strong light for now.  Next week we'll go over it again in thicker paint with more detail.
You can see how Jo's chickens are already taking shape.  This will be a great guide for when we paint the chickens again in detail.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Lesson No.18 - How to Paint Objects in the Shade

The back leg is in shadow, so colours are muted and there are no hard edges.  Add your shadow mix of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Red to the orange, dark greens and also the lighter greens that you will be using in this area.  Feather them off gently into each other for a soft, shadowy effect.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Lesson No.17 - Painting in the Shadow Areas.

Everything under the frog's head is in shadow.  Keeping that in mind, when we mix our colours, add a bit of shadow colour to the mix (Cadmium Red and Ultramarine Blue) to grey off the hue and darken the tone.
Make sure all the areas in your shadows are feathered off and dark enough to lift the head out for that 3D effect.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Lesson No.3 - Painting Beaks and Combs

In this chicken painting project, I'm going to show Jo's work as well.  It will demonstrate how you can create your own individual style as you keep painting and practising.

We are using Cadmium Yellow Deep and Cadmium Red for the beaks, and Cadmium Red and Ultra for the combs and darks.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Lesson No.2 - Washing in the Background

Jo and I have just washed in our backgrounds - playing with colours and tone until we are happy with the results.  Now all we need to do is go over it again in thicker paint, with more detail, keeping in mind our "out-of-focus" techniques.