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04-05-2017, 09:15 PM
Strathmore watercolour paper mounted on matboard mixed media
approx. 9" x 9"
aquarelle graphite
pastel pencil
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.

04-06-2017, 01:20 PM
: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.

Vivien Maloney
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. :)

04-06-2017, 05:54 PM
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.

chammi kaiser
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.

01-09-2018, 05:40 PM
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.