Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Okay, the snow blower has died so I just finished clearing the driveway by hand. Onto the work of the day!
If at first you don't succeed... Here is another failure which I felt was important to share. Would not want you to think that all you are getting is the best of my work. I did the first paint job on this guy last night using my regular acrylic washes. Decided that I wanted a different color for a woodland creature, more earthy. So I cleaned him off and started again. This time I decided to use oils. Thought I had it until this morning when I looked at him in the daylight instead of my studio lights. Epic failure number two. Too earthy! Even a bit too red. So now it was back to the start again. I decided this time to take you through the steps with me.
I add 2 parts Raw Umber to the mix and use that on the lower part of the leg. This is blended up into the upper leg.
And the back. I have darkened the back of the elbow, the spine, the crack of the backside, and base of the neck.
He will now go into the oven at 170 for 2 hours to accelerate the drying process so I can do the next step in the paint job. More on that later today (?) Maybe after a nap!
Have a great day!
** This is wet paint. The color will shift when it is dry. It will also lose the sheen.
Wanted to add these since they are part of the painting for today. Sorry, I am working then posting in real time these days to keep up.
The next step is to polish the surface with a soft cloth. This will add a slight sheen to the skin just like ours. It also removes any wet paint so if in doubt, wait a few days to do this!
Next we will look at the eyes. Tata!