Thursday, June 16, 2011

Unfinished Ostrich

Normally, I do not like posting unfinished things on here but I thought I would share my process of working! This is a ostrich piece I am working on currently but am unable to finish due to lack of supplies-storyofmylife- anyway here are the beginnings of it:

Here is where I do most of my work. It is extremely small and its a little ridiculous how I always end up spreading all of my stuff around the entire living room..Thank goodness I have a wonderful roommate who doesn't mind the craziness or so she says!

I always begin all of my watercolors with a light layer of color and then I build up with darker colors and textures

Instead of painting the entire ostrich I decided to do another cut piece as I have done before. Its where I paint parts of a image then cut them and then arrange them. I painted the feathers on cardboard, I thought it would be a nice textural contrast to the water color paper.

Check out those stems! You can see hints of the lighter first layer peaking through the texture and the darker colors. And also on the right is a few cardboard feathers cut out and placed near the neck.

Here is a close up of the head of the bird. I love adding texture onto flat colors and I also like to mix paint as in this case I mixed water color and white acrylic ink. I also use the dry brush technique while painting because it gives it a drawing feel rather than a straight painterly image.

Where is this ostrich now? well funny you should lives in a ziplock bag all jumbled and ready to be assembled. I did not realize how large the entire piece ended up being so I need to find something large enough to mount it on! Hopefully I can have this done next week and I will reveal ze final product! Hopefully..

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