Sunday, 2 December 2018

Keeping the Background Out-of-Focus

I have tried to soften the background as much as I can for now by re-wetting and feathering off any hard edges.  You still need the darks and highlights to give the painting depth - it's just the edges that need softening.  Anyway, I'm going to leave it for now and start painting the bird.  Once she is done, I will be able to determine if the background is soft enough. 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

"Two Little Pigs"

Now that I've finished drawing my piglets, it's back to my Wedge-Tailed Eagle painting.  It's good to have a mix of mediums and subjects to keep you from getting bogged down on the one painting.  I'm learning new techniques with the drawings too, which helps to broaden your skills.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

And now for the Second Little Pig

I know it looks a little blue, but I'm hoping that if I get lots of colour in now, I will be able to tone it down when I put in more highlights and darks.  That's the beauty of pencil drawings - you can put down heaps of layers.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Using a Tortillion in Drawing

So I grabbed my tortillion and rubbed the first little pig's body gently to make it soft and slightly out-of-focus - it's the first time I've used one.  I could have used a paper stump, but I think the smaller tortillion (6mm) is a little more accurate for small areas.  I just wanted to fluff out the fine hairs, especially around the edges.  It worked well I think.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Started Drawing the First Little Pig

Started the first layer with a very light Ultramarine Blue and a few light greys.  Only using a light pressure to start with.  I'm learning that my Faber-Castell polychromos colour pencils are very soft and are therefore really good at blending, while the Prismacolor pencils are a bit harder and are better for dark shadows and fine lines. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

"Feathering Off" when using Oil Paints

This is my second layer for the background.  Even though you want the background soft, it still has to have depth and highlights.  The trick is feathering off the lights into the darks without losing the tones.  I use a medium tone to do this (a medium-dark Ultramarine Blue) brushing along the edge of the dark.  I can then gently brush in towards the dark area without lightening it, and consequently brush outwards (after washing my brush out) into the light area without darkening it.  You can always go back and redarken and clean the highlights further when it is dry.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

The Two Little Pigs

I have started my next drawing of one of my favourite animals.  Just look at those baby feet!  Too cute.  I am using watercolour paper this time - Saunders Waterford 300g hot pressed - pretty expensive - hope I don't muck it up lol.