Friday, 27 November 2015
Paint in the colour first with the highlight, then use the darker hue to go under the lid and around the pupil. I firstly do the pupil in my dark shadow colour - Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Red - then go over the darkest darks in black when I am happy with the result (otherwise black can muddy up your colours if you introduce it too early).
Dots of highlights are added gently (usually reflecting the background colours) then just pure white on top of these.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
I decided on a blue/aqua theme, but it could be any colour as one cat is grey and the other white. On my palette I mixed a very dark blue-green, a mid blue, a very light blue and a very light lemon. I used Prussian Blue and Lemon which I thought was rather pretty. I dabbed in the darks first, then mid-tones, light blues and lastly filled in all the gaps with the lemon mix. Then it's just a matter of feathering it all off gently so that it is very soft and out-of-focus.
A bit more feathering off with a soft, dry brush and I'm done.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
So here's the drawing. The faces are the most important part of the painting, so just make sure the eyes, nose and mouth are in the right spot and are the right size and distance from each other.
Monday, 9 November 2015
I fiddled around with the grass and dirt a bit more, adding extra highlights in the sunny areas and darker darks in the shadows. Another oil painting lesson completed - I hope you were as happy with your chickens as we are with ours!
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
I also flicked more light yellow-green highlights here and there to the grass in the sun to emphasise the light. Nearly there. Just a bit more detail to the dirt and we're done.
Monday, 26 October 2015
We need to anchor these chickens to the ground, so the shadows are quite important. The grass in the shadow area is darker directly under the chicken and lightens up as it moves away from the object. You still need darks and highlights within the shadow but the colours will be muted, darker overall and soft with no hard edges.