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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lion Progress

My new A3 printer is proving to be a useful tool, but it was apparent as I compared my first day's progress with the image displayed on my laptop screen that in relying solely on the print, I'd rendered parts of this lion in too dark a tone.


I still have the print within reach as I paint, but I've now made room for my laptop on the nearby bench top, the benefit being that I can better judge tonal values as well as zoom in on particular areas I need a closer look at. This setup isn't foolproof of course; I've found in the past that it pays to be mindful of the screen angle when judging colours and tone; they can vary significantly as the screen is tilted. 

To make amends for my initial misjudgement of tonal values, I overpainted the lion's mane in the area of his chest with lighter tones, and adopted a more traditional approach by blocking in the rest of his body to establish something close to the final tonal values and basic colours. Having done so, I turned my attention today to modelling the lion's body, and attempted to replicate the texture of the creature's short fur. This is unknown territory for me, and I'm finding it very challenging!

I'm afraid the fun is over for another week, and it's back to the day job tomorrow.

Cheers
Pete

6 comments:

john said...

Having a real job is such a killjoy. I hope that you had fun working on the lion while you had the time. It looks good to me.

Peter Brown said...

John, the real job is a necessary evil. There must be a better way!

Clive Meredith said...

great to see you back painting peter and what a terrific start already.i look forward to seeing it progress

Peter Brown said...

Thanks Clive - it's good to be back. I think next week's session will see me close in on the correct colours. As I'm sure you know, acrylics darken as they dry, and I'm having great difficulty judging tonal values and colours as a result. Another reason to make the switch to oils perhaps!

Colette Theriault said...

Peter, your model looks fantastic so far. Don't worry so much about making mistakes...I find that being a slave to my reference images increases my frustration! SOME features need not always be exact...







Peter Brown said...

Thank you Colette! I tell myself as I paint that any troublesome areas can be painted over until I'm happy with them. Obvious to many perhaps, but it's still something I feel the need to remind myself of!