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Monday, February 23, 2009

"Regard" - WIP 1

Tonight was my first night working on "Regard", and I am starting with the background. Surprisingly, I am finding that settling into the motions of the blurry-tree-background is quite natural, even though it's been months and months (maybe a year even...) since I last worked on this part of the background on "Focus". I'm using the same colors as I did in "Focus" as well, hoping to have the pieces turn out as a nice matching pair. I can already tell that it won't be a problem at all. There are quite a few differences between this picture and "Focus", but I am looking forward to the new challenges. I know it's not much to look at right now, but here are the initial stages:

This image shows... well... nothing really! You can see the frisket which I've applied to the section of the picture that has the snow, rocks, and cougar. This is due to the error of NOT doing this for "Focus" - resulting in the area being smudged quite excessively, which made it next to impossible to create white snow. This time I'm prepared, and using my air-brushing frisket I think I managed to cover everything important. When I'm done the background this plastic will peel off and let me work on nice clean paper.

I've zoomed in for the in-progress photos, as I figured it was pointless to view it as a tiny little inch on your screen. This is the top left corner of the image, above the ridge of snow and rocks. This stage is first layers of color, pre-burnishing.

This is one tiny section completed! Burnished and detailed, although the detail part of it is somewhat lacking, seeing as it's a blurry background. I'll post more soon, I assure you. I'd like to work on this piece almost exclusively for as long as I can.


Heather Page said...

I have a question for you...In your tutorial, you use french grey or white to burnish after you've laid down you initial colour. Do you always use these light colours to blend and burnish or does it depend on the colour of the piece? For instance, what you have done here so far is quite dark and I can't imagine that you'd use french grey or white to go over that area. It looks like you used a dark colour to burnish.

Can't wait to see the next step!! Your work is amazing!

James Parker said...

Christina, your work is absolutely stunning. I hopped on your follower wagon, and I encourage you to visit artbyakiko.blogspot.com You will find her ACEOs of cats and cats eyes fascinating and I am sure she will be visiting you. Also, I invite you to stop by my blog and check out my beetles.

Unknown said...

WOW...your work of art is so intricate. I haven't seen sketches of closeup of animals online till now. Awesome work.

You might be interested in one of the blogs I visit wildlifeart.wordpress.com

While both your work similar sketching/ painting of wildlife. I guess the similarity ends there.

I m in awe of your work. Keep up the good work...Thomas