Thursday, 10 December 2009

Tiger WIP1

I have some lovely pictures of tigers I took at Marwell Zoo a few years ago and I have had several false starts in painting them, never happy with the way it was going and given up long before completion. I have kept them and hope one day to rework them but it seems to have given me a bit of a mental block on tigers. However, here I go again and so far I am a little happier with this one probably because I am using my favoured support, Pastelmat. I have done a rough underpainting in CP to highlight the main areas of colour and have started putting in the face detail. The tiger is lapping at the waters edge and I will need to invent a scene. Fortunately being a close up there isn't a lot of background required.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Cat 2

My second cat in coloured pencil on anthracite Pastelmat. I don't think this one is as good as the previous one I did on dark grey pastelmat. I wanted to create more shadow and thought the anthracite would save me some work, which it did to an extent but then I had to work harder to get the light and midtones which I eventually achieved by using Zest-it to smooth out the layers for the underpainting before putting the hair detail on last. I don't love him as much as the first one but he is still quite cute.