Thursday, May 28, 2009

Now with beak and crest...

Capt. Hook in progress, 4" x 4"

As you can see, I'm not progressing with any great speed on this. I added some stronger color to the body and also did the first washes on the beak and crest. I generally mix up a couple of puddles of color when I'm working on an area with shading and often use two brushes, switching back and forth to model the form. But I also freely mix in additional pigment if I'm not getting the results I want, so it ends up being a little more spontaneous process most of the time. The shading on the beak looks quite harsh right now, but I'll add more form and refine the details in subsequent washes.

For those who are interested, I've used new gamboge, cobalt blue, cobalt green, quinacridone gold, quinacridone sienna, brown madder, winsor violet, and french ultramarine blue. The blue shadows under the beak are a bit more subdued than this photo suggests and will be further deepened before I'm finished.


  1. He'll begin to take life when we see the whites of his eyes :) Watching and learning - 2 brushes...hmmm...might try that.

  2. Thanks for posting this demo. I love seeing other artist's approach to painting. Congratulations on being featured in Watercolor Artist! Your work is outstanding.

  3. Hey Rhonda!! You're going to have to settle for little black centers on this guy! Not quite anatomically correct, but what are ya gonna to do -- it's a saltshaker!! ;-D

    Gwen, thanks for your kind remarks about my work. Glad you're enjoying the demo.


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