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animal
07-09-2003, 02:31 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: July/August Animal Art Project
Project Leader: animal
Relative Difficulty: Irrelevant
Type Restrictions: Any Type
Medium: Any Medium
Subject: Wildlife
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited

Description:

Using the reference image provided, produce your work of art.

Do show your progress images and tell us what techniques you are using to complete your work. If you like, you can do both images!

You can work in watercolors, oils, pastel, acrylics, or perhaps you want to draw or sculpt. Any medium you choose will be good for us to discuss.

I've started a thread in the Wildlife Forum so we can talk about our progress and share information.

Remember, you are to only use the reference images below.

The object of this project is to work from the reference photographs and for all of us to see how we all accomplish this task and to share our knowledge.

Be sure to post progress pics in the special thread, or inside this project, and be sure to tell us what you are doing and why.

Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=471)

Remember, in order to help keep the discussions on projects organized, you should post your questions, suggestions, and comments on submitted work here in this thread. By doing this, we allow other non-project efforts to not get "pushed down" by a swarm of project-related threads.

animal
07-09-2003, 02:36 PM
Hey All,
I know it`s been a while since I`ve started a project for the group, so I`ve posted this project for all to enjoy. I hope you find the reference images interesting. The reasons we haven`t had a project in a while is due to time constraints for me to start them, but hopefully I`ll be able to start one every 2 months. :)

Enjoy.

Leaflin
07-09-2003, 03:04 PM
:clap: Way to go Animal :clap:
I signed up!!!!

Foxyheart2002
07-09-2003, 07:23 PM
I just signed up too! I LOVE cats' eyes. My favourite subject.

WTG, Animal!!!

myorca
07-09-2003, 07:43 PM
I am in!! This will make a pretty cool scratch project for sure!!


Bob

RobinZ
07-10-2003, 07:37 AM
Thanks, Animal! I'm looking forward to working on this project. As usual, the hardest part is deciding....

Marquisina
07-10-2003, 02:20 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23647

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/1471/tn_cat.jpg

WOW ! I love this! It's so purrfect!!

Marqui:clap: :clap:

Leaflin
07-10-2003, 02:53 PM
Thank You Marquisina :)

hlee
07-10-2003, 06:22 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23647

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/1471/tn_cat.jpg

Lovely fur... the effect is lighter, softer and rather more like pastels than coloured pencil. The tones at the corner of the eyes are well done, too. Great job. :)

Ceri
07-11-2003, 02:36 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23688

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/5712/tn_cats_eyes2a.jpg

I don't know what you mean about mutilating the cat - wait till you see my effort (eventually!) I think yours is brilliant! I admire anyone who can paint fur with watercolour and make it look like fur. :clap:

Ceri

Ceri
07-11-2003, 02:39 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23647

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/1471/tn_cat.jpg

I love the way you've got the light in the eyes, they look beautifully wet and glassy.

Ceri

hlee
07-11-2003, 10:49 AM
Thanks, Ceri! <i>(hugs)</i> :o

07-11-2003, 05:27 PM
Now animal, see what you made me do.... getting myself in a heck of a lot of trouble :eek:...gonna try my hand at the wolfie.... :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Anyway, thanx for getting me back into things after being away for too long... :clap: :clap:

Can't wait to see everyone's work !!

;) Katja

Sher
07-12-2003, 02:08 AM
I'm thinking about it. It looks interesting. I can't decide which medium I want to use though. I'll get back to you.

animal
07-12-2003, 09:52 AM
Great job so far everyone.:)

hlee
07-12-2003, 10:50 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23752

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/13608/tn_Cat.jpg

Rather like the way the naples yellow/white areas around the eyes have been edged with black to set them off. The left eye seems just a bit flat, but reflection and toning are splendid in the right eye. :p

A great start, for a first WC project submission!

07-12-2003, 11:07 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23725

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/5712/tn_animalproject_wolf6.jpg

Man, Hlee, I am impressed... Just getting the sketch is already giving me problems. I think you did a good job !!!

Katja

07-12-2003, 11:10 AM
Loving those eyes !! It is fun to see that everyone's cat is different, but all very realistic. I wanna pet them !!

;) Katja

hlee
07-12-2003, 10:01 PM
Thanks, Katrem. :)

Greeble
07-17-2003, 09:09 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23688

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/5712/tn_cats_eyes2a.jpg


Boy am I glad I didn't look at this before I uploaded my progress pic, or I never would have uploaded it!

Jen

Greeble
07-17-2003, 09:16 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23647

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/1471/tn_cat.jpg


Wow! How much was the acrylics and how much pencils?

Jen

Greeble
07-17-2003, 09:19 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23752

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/13608/tn_Cat.jpg

Wonderful colors, especially in the eye.
It could almost be a portrait of my friend's cat.

Jen

hoart
07-18-2003, 03:09 PM
I'm new here, and signed up for the cat's eye project. I uploaded 3 entries.
But I'm not sure where the area is to discuss the project.
I see lots of projects posted as well as message threaded.
Can you clear this up for me.

Thanks

07-19-2003, 04:23 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23986

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/progress/23885/tn_cateye3.jpg

Hi Hoart !

Welcome to WC !

You have found the right area for the discussion. I like your work so far. Very gutsy colors !! Can't wait to see the rest..

:) Katja

hoart
07-20-2003, 02:55 PM
I finished my cat eye and uploaded the image.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/browse_final_entries.php?proj_id=471


Hope everyone is painting happily.

Greeble
07-20-2003, 04:48 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24034

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/23885/tn_cateyefinal.jpg

it is beautiful :)

Jen

I'm Not Bob
07-21-2003, 08:43 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24050

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/progress/24611/tn_CatsEyes2.jpg

Here is a progress shot of "Cats Eyes in Blue and Green". I still need to work on the fir a bit, but I think it is coming along nicely. I only used three colors so that I could also enter this piece in the limited palette portrait project.

Hope all is going well with your projects.

Bob

07-21-2003, 02:36 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24034

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/23885/tn_cateyefinal.jpg

Hey Lisa,

Really like the result. I like the free approach and your colors !!

Katja

07-21-2003, 02:38 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24050

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/progress/24611/tn_CatsEyes2.jpg

Hey Bob,

Looking good so far... Could you please explain your process? I'm curious and would really like to get my work to achieve such detail...

Katja

I'm Not Bob
07-21-2003, 03:25 PM
Originally posted by katrem
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24050

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/progress/24611/tn_CatsEyes2.jpg

Hey Bob,

Looking good so far... Could you please explain your process? I'm curious and would really like to get my work to achieve such detail...

Katja

Hi Katja,

Well let see.....

First I do the layout in pencil (graphite). Sometimes I will sketch the subject freehand, Other times I will use any number of aids in order to get the layout correct. Overhead projection, slide projection, tracing, tracing then transfer, etc...

For this image I used a device called a "project-a-scope".

I then roughed in all the darkest areas with the Indigo Blue. I then roughed in the medium shades with the True Green. I then roughed in the white.

After all the areas are "roughed" in, I begin to darken and detail all areas of the drawing. I never "Finnish" any single area of the drawing and then move on to another. I look at the picture and decide which area "lights mid tones or darks" need the most work and go from there.

This particular picture (approx 8x10) took me about 8 hours total and I used about 50% of the green pencil and 90% of the blue and white pencils. Much more dark and light than mid tones.

Also, when I start the picture, I use relatively light pressure on the pencil. By the time I am done, I am often breaking the tip due to the heavy pressure I am applying. That may be the reason I go through so much Blue and White.

I was always taught that you work up the whole picture gradually. Do not work on a picture as if it is a conglomeration of small details. Work the whole a little at a time.

Imagine the way a computer rendering package will generate an image. The first pass is rough with little detail, but every pass brings more and more detail to light.

I hope this is helpful. If anybody else uses a different technique, please let me know.

Bob

07-21-2003, 03:56 PM
Great thanx ! Maybe you could do a tutorial at some point, it will be nice to see a stage by stage walkthru !!

Katja

I'm Not Bob
07-25-2003, 01:24 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24016

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/6440/tn_Wolfpencilfinished.jpg

Hello again,

We seem to be chating quite a bit latly. :)

I thought I would take a moment and help you with this piece. I do not usually do this because who am I to presume.

Anyway.....

First off this is the start of a very fine piece. Your rendering so far is very good. A little bit off on the torso, but nothing you wouldn't realize without the reference photo.

Here is what I would do with the grass and then I would apply the technique to the rest of the painting.

First, notice how the grass has every color from black to white to yellow to green to blue to Etc... In your picture, you have rendered the grass in basically one color.

I would start with a white pencil and add all the white accents to the grass. Try to be as thorough as possible.

Next I would use a indigo blue for all the darkest areas of the grass. Work these in lightly unless you are sure that the area is going to remain totally dark (like the shadow cast by the wolf.

In both the white and indigo blue, do not be afraid to use varying pressure on the pencil. By the time I am finished with the pieces I have posted, I am constantly breaking off the point of the pencil.

I would next start to work the medium colors. The greens (I would use about 4 different greens) and yellows (I would use about 4 different yellows).

After the entire area has been worked over once. Go back to the white and start the whole process over again. This time you will have to apply more pressure to the paper.

After this is done, do it again. By the time you are finished, you will see no paper, only colored pencil.

When I do hair, even if the hair is a dark brown, I use many shades of brown and work up the layers. Often, I will use a color not present in the photo at all. For example, I often use Indigo Blue instead of black in my work. I use black sparingly and only at the very end of a piece. My pictures tend to get muddy if I use black before the very end.

I wish you would try this technique on your wolf and see if you like it or not. The worst that can happen is that you don't like the technique and you have to start over again.

I hope I was of assistance. Let me know what you think.

Again, I like the fact that you thought my drawings were computer manipulations. It is very high praise indeed. But... to be totally honest, if you saw my work in person, you would be able to tell right away that they are pencil work. Sometimes things are more impressive on the Internet. Typically you are viewing a reduction of the image which hides a lot of errors.

Talk to you later

Leaflin
07-25-2003, 01:51 PM
Thank You for your comments hlee, Ceri and Greeble :)

Originally posted by Greeble
How much was the acrylics and how much pencils?

Jen

Jen most of it is acrylics which I thinned out much like watercolour.
The coloured pencil was added at the end for a few highlights and a touch up here and there.
It is done on watercolour paper.

Sorry it took me so long to answer :o

Leaflin
07-25-2003, 01:58 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23688

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/5712/tn_cats_eyes2a.jpg

Fantastic job hlee! :clap:

Leaflin
07-25-2003, 02:04 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23725

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/5712/tn_animalproject_wolf6.jpg

I like the looseness of this one hlee :)

Leaflin
07-25-2003, 02:08 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23998

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/15073/tn_catsIs.JPG

Nice job with the oil pastels Jen.
How did you do the texture in the fur?

Well Done!!

Leaflin
07-25-2003, 02:14 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24016

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/6440/tn_Wolfpencilfinished.jpg

I think you did a good job at trying for a looser feel to this.
I haven't had a go at painting this one yet and am wondering also on how to deal with the background.

Leaflin
07-25-2003, 02:17 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24034

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/23885/tn_cateyefinal.jpg

I really like all the additional colours you have added to this hoart!
It makes this little guy glow!!!

Leaflin
07-25-2003, 02:21 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23798

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/11613/tn_Pastel_Wolf_Aa.jpg

I really like the black paper for your background Lorna and think your first attempt at pastels was a smashing success!
Great highlights!

Leaflin
07-25-2003, 02:25 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24078

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/24611/tn_CatsEyes4.jpg

Love the blue and green Bob!
Nice piece!!

I'm Not Bob
07-25-2003, 04:51 PM
Originally posted by leaflin
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24078

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/24611/tn_CatsEyes4.jpg

Love the blue and green Bob!
Nice piece!!

Thanks Linda,

I was not quite sure how this would work out. After all, how many Bluegreen cats have you seen lately??? :)

I was looking for something I could do for the limited palette portrait project so I thought I would give this a shot. I was pleasantly surprised at the results.

Talk to you latter

07-26-2003, 02:20 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23647

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/1471/tn_cat.jpg

Thanks Leaflin !! I just love your fur, it looks very soft !!

:clap: Katja

TeAnne
09-07-2003, 03:55 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=24078

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/24611/tn_CatsEyes4.jpg

This is totally beautiful WOW:cat: :cat:

myorca
09-26-2003, 10:53 AM
Hi gang,

Sorry it has taken so long to post anything on this project...been pretty busy the past few months. Dont know how yall usually do this, so I am just posting the pic to here. Should be finished by the end of the weekend!!

bob

samby77
10-13-2003, 11:25 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=23647

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/471/completed/1471/tn_cat.jpg

Leaflin, you do beautiful work. Hats off to Dorthy, got my attention. This may be a strange question but, which parts of Cats Eyes are acrylic and or, coloured pencil? :p