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.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Start Painting the Background First

I want my eagle to appear as if he is high up in the trees looking across the landscape.  I have created some soft clouds with a little white on blue, making sure they are very soft and fluffy.  I have roughly painted in my leaves in one section with a thin wash, feathering off as I go to ensure a very out-of-focus look.  I will be softening and sharpening as needed as I paint the layers on.

Friday, 14 September 2018

"The Thinker"

So this is my second portrait in coloured pencils.  This time I decided to try a black and white theme.  It was a good lesson in tonal values (without relying on colour) and also of how to blend in the subtle differences in tone to achieve a realistic look.

I'm still just sketching on 110gsm paper which is not strong enough to hold all the pencil and burnishing and has crinkled a bit.  Now I know why you need a 300gsm paper!  Next time ...

Friday, 7 September 2018

"Mighty Mighty Eagle"

The Wedge-Tailed Eagle is the largest bird of prey in Australia.  I held this beautiful girl on my arm while on a visit to a Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Centre on Kangaroo Island.  She was just magnificent, weighing 4kg!  She was rescued after being found with a broken wing.  So here she is, all drawn up and ready to paint!