View Full Version : Little Owlet WIP

06-01-2015, 06:01 AM
My new small WIP ... this has around 4 hours in it so far and I will finish it tomorrow morning, Med/Soft pastels on A4 pale green pastel paper.




Happy for everyone to critique and throw in suggestions :)

06-01-2015, 07:49 AM
Oh I have a question .... how do I stop the paper getting so grotty? I put a background into this tonight and I think I've taken the edge off the whole thing ... I would have loved to have not even bothered with a background but I always make a hell of a mess

water girl
06-01-2015, 12:21 PM
I have never kept a clean background, so you are not alone. Once you finish the owl you will paint in your choice of colors or subject behind him. Will it be sky or tree tops? If I were painting this, after I've completed what is behind him, I'd pull out a few sharp edges, or stray feathers. That brings him forward. You will find you have to clean up the edges of the owl a bit. I just love the way you have handled the eyes. The highlights add such life. :thumbsup:

06-01-2015, 07:48 PM
Ahhhh so the mess is normal then? I saw a few other beautiful pieces done in soft pastel on here and they had no background in and the paper was pristine .... I assumes there must have been a trick but didn't want to ask on the thread in case it was considered rude ... Ill just have to get better at my backgrounds then :)

Here is the owlet finished ... I had to take the photo on an angle to try and illuminate the glare from the glass


06-04-2015, 06:58 AM
He's great! Looks like you surprised him with the flash! Good job

06-04-2015, 07:02 AM
You did a great job on him, and on the background!

06-04-2015, 09:00 AM
Woo! Very nice work, Given. And your background looks great! All around wonderful job!

06-04-2015, 06:28 PM
Oh thank you everyone! He would be one of my favourite pieces that ive done so far ... he is a long way from perfect but I think I like him that way :)

This background gave me grief so im glad it passes now :) Thanks again for the feedback ...


06-06-2015, 08:27 AM
You chose your background color well, the greens compliment the reddish/brown owl. Personally, I prefer some type of background and even at that just enough transition that might suggest dimension will do as you have done.
Nice work Emma and don't forget to photograph your work BEFORE you put it behind glass.

06-06-2015, 09:13 AM
Thanks Marcus ... the background was just an exaggerated impression on what was in my reference photo ... I had tried to make it more detailed but I made a hack job of it so erased as much as I could and put this much more muted background in ... learning as I go ... I also discovered that its far easier to do as you have mentioned and take photos before putting them behind glass ... seems so obvious now LOL ... when I started the backgrounds seem to happen really easily but I think im just over thinking them now ...


06-06-2015, 10:02 AM
Shutting off the thinking process is one of the hardest things to do when we get started, often relying or being too dependant on the details in the photograph that records details we would normally not see. The thinking process works best when you are out looking at subjects in life and cataloging information for when you get to your painting.

06-07-2015, 09:02 AM
Beautiful! The cool background really pushes him forward and its softness helps me focus on his face. Like the relative detail all being in his face and eyes.