Finished duck with dispersed burnt sienna ink work. Not sure if I like it or not.
Mid way duck with enhanced background and extra washes.
This is the start of my duck from my wildlife series. I’m planning a duck, a pig, an owl, an eagle and something else – maybe a cow.
Still trying with the hummingbirds. Happier with this – limited palette and strong darks combined with ragged brushwork liven things up a lot.
And the finished tiger. After sleeping on it Ive decided i dont like it – too cartoonish and the colors are dul especially the darks. it does give me more of an idea about the next one though.
Half way – feeling pretty good
The under washes.
Hmm. Well he’s ok.
(Edit) Second go at the lion.
(Edit2) I’m not happy with this at all. Too rigid around the eyes and snout area. Very tempted to start over again.
Chickened out of the tiger although stripes are likely easier than just fur. This is just the underwashes – they’re paler in real life.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog yet. After the lion triumph James suggested I do pictures of all the apple os x cats. Nice idea and combines the painterly with the geeky. However, I’ve been putting it off as I’m now under pressure to produce something good, or at least recognizable, for about 10 different cats. I’ve made a start with a tiger sketch but am reluctant to put paint to paper.
(Edit: December 23rd 2012. Added a quinacridone gold wash to warm up the fur and extended the background. Supposedly to improve it)
So James has got it into his head that I can make a fortune by painting wildlife paintings. In the interest of marital harmony here is a lion.
The preliminary sketch.
The reference photo.