Well this was a bit of a relief. Pigs are lovely to paint. They’re so pink and have such wonderful expressions.
Off to a slightly shaky start as I forgot paintings really need to be posted in the morning. I improvised my day 1 painting with last weeks bird and got a pig ready for tomorrow.
Pig pre-background. I actually prefer this to the final version and debated whether to put any background in. In the end I decided to push it to see what happened and regretted it. Never mind – there will be other pigs.
Anyway – for January’s 30 paintings in 30 days challenge my next subject was ‘pig’. It’s another animal I revisit periodically and they’re always fun to paint. Their skin is pale but with a lot of subtle tone and color variation which is interesting to do. There is always one thing that catches me out however – trotters!!! Much like bird claws they always catch me out but I’m slowly getting there.
The drawing. Had several goes at the trotters before I was (almost) satisfied.
A quick pig in the sketch book (very quick – probably 10 mins or so). Probably should have spent a litle more time on the trotters.
This is on my new cheapo canson block and it’s not too bad for just messing around on. I regretted the dark lines after finishing this but it’s not too bad overall.
The pig painting was very popular so I’m doing some more of them. They’re quite fun – quick and have enough challenge to be enjoyable. Here’s the latest – done in my new handmade sketchbook.
Pig on a fence. He’s pretty small – about 4×3
And some context shots.
Done from a sketch with no drawing. Started with pale washes and built up in layers.