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Deano
03-02-2013, 05:06 PM
I always love your ref photos, Li!! Thank you! :clap:

I chose this sunning American Crocodile.

This is standard acrylic on hardboard. I was happy with last week's painting, so I tried this one in the same manner. Black and gray gesso blended with a painting knife...leaving the knife marks and a marbled gesso.Then I applied thinned acrylic of different colors in random patches. Did the drawing then painted with many thin layers. I also used a Pitt Pen sparingly for emphasis in select areas. I tried to inject more color than the dull gray hide that was pictured.

I thought of how the croc has evolved and has been around for millions of years. I was thinking this as I watched the painting evolve under the brush.
Hope you like it.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking and commenting! :)

Done at 2 hrs.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2013/34493-DSCN3916.JPG

Close ups
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2013/34493-DSCN3917.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2013/34493-DSCN3918.JPG

mbeckett
03-02-2013, 05:09 PM
awesome croc! love the textures and the lighting is dynamic! bravo!

lisilk
03-02-2013, 05:19 PM
Thanks for describing the texhnique Deano. However you got there, it's working for you. That texture really enhances the subject and the colors boince off the darkly tinted bg. Gorgeous!

Li

mginsberg
03-02-2013, 06:05 PM
Toothsome!

horsthh
03-02-2013, 08:16 PM
Outstanding, very well done Deano!

Bevahlee
03-02-2013, 08:21 PM
stunning work. Love the color.

billybobjoe123
03-02-2013, 08:26 PM
Excellent job! Love it

villagernb
03-02-2013, 08:30 PM
Deano, this is breathtakingly beautiful! I love his satisfied smile.
Anne.

PaintBoss
03-02-2013, 08:31 PM
I smiled as soon as I saw your work. That croc has personality!!!! You also did a lovely job on the lighting and the shading. Great job!:thumbsup:

RubyRedDog2
03-03-2013, 12:01 AM
You always get the colors and textures just right.

Gail

Terranova
03-03-2013, 12:10 AM
Hi Deano,
what a great painting!
The textures fit so well especially for a crocodile and I again love the light and shadows. Even the title is well chosen = everything fits to the theme :)
Thanks a ton for the detailled description :)

Gaby

crispur2005
03-03-2013, 12:50 AM
The texture and your technique are a perfect match for this subject, The light and added colours are a masters touch. Love it.

maritajill
03-03-2013, 01:19 PM
Love those craggy textures you've created in the gator and the rocks.

connievanwinssen
03-03-2013, 05:10 PM
Painted beautifully! Great light too:)

jlloren
03-03-2013, 08:51 PM
It's always a delight opening your thread every week Dean! This is a real stunner!

Greenbrier33
03-03-2013, 10:03 PM
Each time I open your posts, I'm amazed. And, well, that keeps me opening them over and over.

Dave

savatage
03-03-2013, 11:00 PM
always amazing work

oty
03-04-2013, 09:16 AM
great job! I love the light and the textures!

artastic
03-04-2013, 10:13 AM
great analagy
as always amazing textures and color
love the idea of marbled gesso

surob
03-04-2013, 10:44 AM
Deano. I love it!

Paulafv
03-04-2013, 11:26 AM
A perfectly colored crocodile. You have him solidly sunning with a great background. Excellent.

eyepaint
03-04-2013, 01:45 PM
Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! (and yet a fierce critter)

skappy
03-04-2013, 03:41 PM
Wow very good as always Deano misterious too
Robert

carol_lee
03-06-2013, 12:35 AM
beautiful.. great textures!!! love his smile!!!

Scattykat
03-08-2013, 08:36 AM
very well done, he looks menacing, good light...

sundiver
03-08-2013, 08:37 AM
What a majestic fellow, and the colors and tones you added are superb.

Charlie's Mum
03-08-2013, 11:10 AM
I can't do better than ditto Wendy's comment ...... masterful Deano:)

Scotkatidid
03-10-2013, 03:05 PM
Wonderful light in this Deano - also love his bits and bumps.

justjean
03-10-2013, 04:43 PM
WOW, LOVE IT :clap: :clap: