Hand painted in Painter 8 from a photo using the grid method to scale up. It is neither a photo-painting nor a trace over and I hope I have provided proof of this. The outside shape is fairly simple so I could just have easily used the negative space method. So far I have put in over 50hrs of intense work. I just canít cut it as a painterly artist (as much as I would like to) because I get obsessed by details. Since going digital though I feel I am becoming more selective in my detail!
I used a basic and fairly common colour scheme.
I wanted the painting to read as follows:
Focal point should be the eyes as this has the greatest degree of contrast. In the size posted it looks black and white but really is a combination of ultramarine blue, burnt & raw sienna and burnt umber (or as near as dammit!). The viewerís eyes should then travel round and down the body to the middle/hip area (second greatest degree of contrast). Hopefully the gaze should then follow the rock edge along and up towards the reflected light on the chest area where I have used the stripes to open up and frame the head. I hope that it can be seen that I have created far more depth and texture than evident in the photo (unless I am also deluding myself) and the body looks more 3d-ish and alive.
The fur is mainly painted using my version of the bristle brush and blended with a brush from Chrisís Fineart Brushes (set one). The clouds were painted using the palette knife from the Classic version of Painter. I made several different papers to paint the rock.
The study of a lioness was an early attempt at a colour digital painting. The Golden Eagle is a current painting. I have included a drawing stage, the head crop which is at stage 40 (concentrating on placement and size of feathers) and a close up view of almost completed feathers (stage 90).
The final painting is of a kestrel and is causing much concernment. The idea was originally to portray a kestrel in a fairly old wood. I got caught up in painting the tree but the competition for attention was too much so I decided to slim down the tree and knock out the detail and several branches. The painting lost it oomph so Iím having a break from it before deciding which element should be the focal point Ė any help here would be much appreciated.
Thanks for looking.