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Strathmore watercolour paper mounted on matboard mixed media
approx. 9" x 9"
Began with the value sketch in watersoluable graphite pencil and sealed it with workable fixative. Wanted to layer pastel pencil over top but it wouldn't take much more than a coat. Tried gouache for highlights but got sort of muddy in the mix with cool colours on top of warm. It works from a distance but you can definitely see the muddle up close. I wasn't about to detail every little wrinkle in the pachyderm.
04-06-2017, 12:02 AM
lovely. Are you going to ground him?
04-06-2017, 12:06 AM
I like this! The textures are impressive.
04-06-2017, 04:26 AM
Excellent! Lovely texture to the skin and I like the colouring.
04-06-2017, 05:47 AM
Wonderful skin texture. Really like the coloring on the ear.
:clear: There's also some watercolour pencil in there too...too much. I wish manufacturing art was a simple straight forward process. This one was a learning experience.
The elephant in the reference was on a grassy field. I couldn't see all the feet and not being able to see whether the subject has three toes or what I don't make that up. Suppose I could look at elephant feet but I've never seen one in the wild. The elephant is just a study of the subject. That's where I'm at in my art, focusing on getting the subject correct. Not attempting backgrounds yet, later.
04-06-2017, 02:40 PM
Hes lovely! I dont think he needs a background but he does need a shadow under him, otherewise hes kind of floating in the air.
04-06-2017, 04:09 PM
What a handsome fellow! Great work on this massive beast.
04-06-2017, 04:46 PM
Great study! The wrinkles in the skin look wonderful and I like the dark shadows too. :)
My thought process was to underlay watersoluable graphite and chalk pastel pencil in layers over top of workable fixative. I think that after using a burnishing pencil a bit on the second layer it wasn't as receptive to subsequent layers of pastel as I'd hoped.
04-07-2017, 04:40 PM
I agree with everyone that the textures are excellent but what I really like about this work are the colours. They are subtle and very beautiful. I also feel that the animal should be grounded with shadows. At the moment that big boy looks like he weighs not more than a feather!!:)
04-10-2017, 03:22 PM
nice! love the colors
04-15-2017, 12:37 AM
Nice work...maybe you could enlarge the post so we can see the details easier.
Sold (framed) in Nov. for $75 CDN
01-10-2018, 05:29 PM
wonderful... missed a leg?.. ground background or shadow would give it more volume
01-11-2018, 11:48 AM
You captured the majestic nature of this guy perfectly.
01-12-2018, 05:02 PM
Well done. Beautiful volume and shading, also great textures on his skin.
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