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28th-Jul-2005 05:34 pm
Owl totem
Well, although 'watercolours' won the Poll, most of those who commented favoured oils, so that's what I decided to go ahead with.
I've also decided to post step-by-step photos for those of you who are interested in seeing how I work and watching this painting take shape.

First up - the blank canvas, pre-stretched and gessoed. 16"x20"

2- an overall coat of acrylic yellow ochre to seal it.

3- I enlarged the original sketch and redrew it (backwards) onto tracing paper, which I then used to offset the design onto the canvas. (I'll be using this regularly through the various stages of the painting)

I tried Dumbledore's hat without the brim (to hopefully avoid the 'Gandalf' look, but now he looks too much like Santa! So the brim will be back! ;~)

Have the background painted. :~) That's flare from the flash down the bottom lefthand corner - one of the drawbacks with oils; their glossiness. But, damn they are delicious to work with!

Now I have to wait for that to dry before starting on the figures (another reason why Illustrators don't often use oils - the drying time). I used plenty of liquin (a medium that is mixed with the paint as you go and accelerates the drying time considerably) with it, so I'm hoping I'll only have to wait till tomorrow. *crosses fingers*

Stay tuned for more. ;~)
28th-Jul-2005 01:17 am (UTC)
Oooh! This is very exciting. I love these art progress photo tour thingies. There was a guy linked to Neil Gaiman's blog, did "the last Morpheus paining" with a step-by-step progress webpage. I think he sold it on eBay for around $5000. *tries to find the link*

http://www.michaelzulli.com/progress.htm Hah! It's still up!
28th-Jul-2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Neat! I think Marta did a post like this a while back too ... I love seeing how you guys work. :)

28th-Jul-2005 06:57 am (UTC)
Ooo, I'd love to see Marta's! Any idea where I might find a link?
28th-Jul-2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
Martha's website is www.artdungeon.net and she has a LJ account, her username I believe is seviet.

By the way great to see how you work! My aunt is an art teacher and she paints on canvas also, she just doesn't use the acrylic coat.
28th-Jul-2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
It's on her LJ somewhere but I honestly don't remember when she posted it. Sorry! :(
28th-Jul-2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
28th-Jul-2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (I have a brain like a sieve - I saw this when she first posted it and completely forgot! ;~P)
28th-Jul-2005 05:09 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for this Kate, I really love seeing works in progress , not only is it totally interesting, but it really helps me to learn the processes as Im an awful painter!
Cant wait for next installment!
28th-Jul-2005 05:14 am (UTC)
OOH, I can't wait to see the finished product.
28th-Jul-2005 05:28 am (UTC)
Okay, seeing how you actually DO this magic really ROX! I'm riveted!
28th-Jul-2005 06:32 am (UTC)
How neat! I personally can't make stick figures look right, so I'm very intrigued to see the whole process. Thank you for sharing!
28th-Jul-2005 06:45 am (UTC)
Wow, this is so fun. I look forward to watching the piece progress!

But you hope you'll only have to wait until tomorrow for it to dry? Like overnight? How long would it take without the linquin?
28th-Jul-2005 06:56 am (UTC)
A week. At least. :~P The joy of oils.
29th-Jul-2005 11:40 am (UTC)
Holy crap!

I have a whole new respect for all this art stuff.

(not that I disrespected it before, but you know, even more now :P)
28th-Jul-2005 07:59 am (UTC)
ooooo thanks for letting us see! im a muggle painter :( at least i think i am--i never really tried. i have no painting magick.

yay you!
28th-Jul-2005 08:07 am (UTC)
Wow, this is great. You can learn a great deal from WIPs.

Nifty blue btw. ;)

I can't wait to see the next steps.
28th-Jul-2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Whee! That's going to be so cool.
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