Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Reflections - Work in Progress - update 2

This is the upper right section of the drawing so part of what has been drawn on the left is cut off in this section of the image.

I'm using lots of different brands of pencils on this one. I'm using Prismacolor, Derwent Studios, Derwent Colorsoft, Lyra and Polychromos. I really like the way the Derwent Colorsoft pencils work with the suede board. It almost behaves like pastel, it is very cool.

One of the things I really loved about the reference photo is the dramatic morning lighting. The subject is very light on one side and dark on the other. This type of lighting gives the painting a very dramatic feel and a warmth that catches the viewers eye. Hopefully I will be able to pull this off because this is what, I feel, will make or break this painting.

I'm layering lots and lots of colors to give it the real fur look. In the lighter areas I laid down the lighter colors first and worked in some darker colors and then went back to the lighter colors. In the darker areas I laid down the medium color and then the lights and dark on top of that.

One of the things I noticed in my last update was, I didn't get the values quite right on the log and the shadows from the lion on the log needed to be darker as well. This is something I corrected in this update. Personally I like the log much better now.

Here is a close up of the Mountain Lion head. You can see how I use lots and lots of colors.

If you have any questions just ask and I'll be happy to answer what I can.

Keep Scribbling!! Gemma


  1. Gemma,

    I have a project or two begging for the suede mat board you're using, but I haven't been able to find the brand name you're using. Is it Crescent or another company?

    Thanks much! Very neat work.

    Carrie L. Lewis
    Horse Painter

  2. Hi Carrie,

    Yes it is Crescent mat board. The problem is, if you want to order it the minimum orders are quite high. I just order it from my framer. They can order one sheet at a time for you.

    One comment on the suede board is, you don't want to pick colors that are dark, keep them lighter and you will be much more happier.