Finally found a spare moment when it wasn’t raining to get a good photo of the finished painting!
I’m hooked on acrylic painting now. Working on this piece was very relaxing and at some points while painting it I was so in “the zone” that I kept forgetting to hit record on my camera for the YouTube tutorial I’ll be making… oops!
After my bluetit test painting in acrylics back in February I really wanted to try out painting a more detailed piece in the medium. It was a big learning experience for me. The background wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked and I managed to leave some brush strokes behind, but now at least I know to get my background in entirely before adding my rough sketch of the subject in instead of trying to paint around it! 😛
It took me a little over 9 hours to complete. Something about the lighting in the reference photo made me really want to paint it. I really loved the cool purplish and bluish shadows, contrasted by the rich, warm highlights created by the backlighting from the sun.
And now a little bit about the subject of this painting, if you’re interested! Greater Kudu are a species of woodland antelope native to eastern and southern africa. They are one of the largest species of antelope. This painting is of a juvenile male, whose horns are not yet full length. The adult male’s horns are much longer and curvier.
Anyway, I hope you like the finished painting! I can’t wait to get started on the next one, though my next artwork is in coloured pencils:
This time around I’m trying coloured pencils out on pastelmat for the first time. I’m blending with paint thinner for this one. Can you guess what it is yet? 😉
Wow, it feels SO good to finally have this drawing down on paper rather than swirling around in my head for months on end (since October)!
The drawing only took around 9 hours to complete! I used powder blender to blend. I was planning on using paint thinner for the okapi initially, but honestly I was having so much fun using the powder blender that I completely forgot all about it!
It was also my first time trying out Fisher 400 sanded paper and it is leagues above UArt paper in terms of quality in my opinion. An extremely pleasant, consistent paper to work on and it can take a lot of layers! I was a little apprehensive about how the background was going to turn out at first, but the powder blender made it so easy that I breezed through the background in just two hours.
The subject for this drawing is my absolute favourite animal – the okapi. They are an endangered species native to the Congo and their closest relative is the giraffe. When they were first discovered by european explorers, they were so strange-looking that they were thought to be mythical creatures – hence the title of this piece – “Mythical Beast.”
My goal in this portrait was to portray a sense of ethereal surrealism, so I chose to have the okapi looking up at the aurora borealis – something you would never normally see in the tropical forests of the Congo! It also gives me the excuse to use lots of pretty blues and greens! I had so much fun from start to finish with this piece.
I’m currently working on the commentary for the extended Patreon tutorial of this piece. It should be available soon! Speaking of which, the extended tutorial of a boxer dog in coloured pencils is now available over on Patreon at the $4 tier, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested! The artist reference photos at the $10 tier are also changing to new ones starting tomorrow (1st April) so be sure to grab March’s references before they disappear!
That’s about all from me for now. I have a lot of other projects in the works including the kudu in acrylic you saw last time and a new pastel pencil drawing, so keep your eyes peeled!
I am really behind on my updates! My gosh! An awful lot has happened in the last months and it has been a very stressful time for me. Unfortunately my artwork has lapsed because of this. I do apologise for the lack of updates! Thankfully I am back on track now so expect plenty of youtube videos and blog posts to come!
Holiday doodle! For the last 2 weeks I’ve been abroad, but of course I couldn’t leave my precious art supplies behind, so I brought a limited selection of my coloured pencils with me. This is one of the doodles from my trip!
I brought the full set of 72 Caran d’Ache Luminance with me along with 3 polychromos pencils (my “essential” three – dark indigo, dark sepia and black). Obviously I couldn’t bring any paint thinner, so I was having to rely on the small bottle of touch-up texture by brushandpencil.com for my layering.
I basically laid down my base colours, then burnished everything out completely, then painted a layer of touch-up texture over my burnished areas and added detail and highlights over the top (adding more layers of touch-up texture and detail where necessary). And it worked BRILLIANTLY! And surprisingly quick, too! This drawing is roughly A5 in size and took around 4 hours to complete. I think if I did this on the regular though, I would go through the tiny bottles of touch-up texture a little too quickly! Thankfully I have a couple of the spray cans at home 😉
I am currently working on a commission of an absolutely stunning cat named Pearl – I am really looking forward to sharing work in progress shots with you!