Painting “Sleepyhead,” step 5 (developing fur)

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Step 5

Tackling the chin, shadows. I need to work on the shadow between the paws a bit more, but I am starting to see a nice contrast forming to the right of his eye. The floor reflection comes next. I am almost positive I will be tweaking the overall fur a bit more, too. 🙂

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Painting “Sleepyhead,” step 4 (enhancing fur)

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Step 4

I’ve let the painting dry a bit, so that I can utilize the “fat over lean” method of applying paint.

Moving away from ultramarine blue for a short time, I take some time to build up the softer passages in his cheek and shoulder with cadmium orange and permalba white, taking note of the subtle value change between the cast shadow and the light source highlighting his upper shoulder blade. This is where Photoshop or another image program can really help. When I convert the color reference photo to gray-scale, I can see the contrast shift changes without  color influencing the painting. Color can sometimes distort how much, or how little, contrast exists between the head and the shoulder.

I’ll be tackling the chin, shadows, and the floor reflection next. Let me know what you think of my painting by leaving a comment below. Thanks!

Painting “Sleepyhead,” step 3 (fur beginnings)

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Step 3

Keeping the warm color scheme, I’ve moved on to the fur. Again, using a tiny bit of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Orange (I combine cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Red for this demonstration), I block in the general areas where the fur is orange. I will add detail later with a liner brush. Sleepy’s eye also gets added, using a mix of cadmium Yellow and Ultramarine Blue.

Painting “Sleepyhead,” step 2 (background)

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Step 2

Using the suggestion of Mikki Senkarik, I work from background to foreground, opting for a warm color scheme throughout the entire piece. Using a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Orange (I combine cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Red for this demonstration), Pull strokes up and down in the foreground, intending to show a semi-shiny floor with reflections.