View Full Version : New WIP: In his father's footsteps..(x-post in Animals and wildlife)
10-08-2006, 05:24 AM
Hi folks, got started on this new project last night. The ref is from Scotch Macaskill (http://wildlife-pictures-online.com) at wildlife-pictures-online.com. I chose this baby elephant as it has been so long since I worked on my favourite animals due to lack of reference material. I've gone with the landscape format for postcard use for my Wild @ Art series. The size is 19" x 27" on Colourfix paper. Here are the first stages.
I started with a charcoal layout sketch, indicating the light and shade on the forms along with key details. Once completed I sprayed the work with 2 coats of workable fixative.
For the next stage I layed down the first indications of the foreground and keyed in the lightest points on his head. The colours used in the lights on him are raw umber, indian red, australian grey, lemon yellow and warm white. The darks feature davys grey, raw umber, burnt sienna, ultramarine violet, and ultramarine blue.
Using the same palette as the previous stage I continued building the elephant's body and ears. A this stage there is very little detail, only tonal forms.
Here is where I finished up for the night. I've completed the lay in of the elephant, adjusted the shadows in the foreground and started with the next bands of light. I'm quite happy with the development to this point as he is feeling real already.
10-08-2006, 07:40 AM
He is absolutely darling!!!! Your work is fantastic!!
10-08-2006, 08:34 AM
Great WIP! I'll be watching - elephants are one of my favorite animals, but never had any references to paint from. Will have to check out the link.
10-08-2006, 08:36 AM
Looking good so far Leigh!
10-08-2006, 08:42 AM
Thank you for the wip. Looks great already.
Thanks, too, for the link. Nice photos.
10-08-2006, 08:59 AM
I keep wanting to paint animals but I always think that I'll be getting a cartoonish appearance.
Your work has the kind of quality that I strive for.
I'll sure be eager to see the finished version.
I'm going to take a look at that site. Are the photos public domain and free of royalties ?
P.S. I just read his conditions.
10-08-2006, 10:53 AM
Wonderful WIP! Amazing to see this elephant come to life.
10-08-2006, 12:48 PM
thanks for sharing this as a WIP.....it is going to be great
10-08-2006, 01:25 PM
Your work is exciting, Leigh. I love the Papa's shadow, and the AWWW factor is pretty high on this!
10-08-2006, 08:34 PM
Thanks everyone for looking. I'm having a lot of fun with this piece, especially considering the limitd palette I'm employing.
10-09-2006, 12:06 AM
Leigh this is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing ....will we patiently awaiting post # 2
wow this is good! Keep on, can't wait to se the next wip's.
10-09-2006, 06:49 AM
Leigh, I love this, and you have captured the babyiness so well. Looking for next post!!
10-09-2006, 07:00 AM
Leigh, this is just wonderful. Thank you so much for the WIP. I am looking forward to your next post.
10-09-2006, 07:39 AM
Thanks for popping by everyone! I've blocked in the background for this little guy, now the realism is starting to take hold.
I'll have more updates over the next few nights.
10-09-2006, 12:29 PM
Beautiful, just Beautiful!
10-09-2006, 01:17 PM
Leigh thank you for this wip. It is just amazing
10-09-2006, 05:29 PM
Brilliant work Leigh! Great WIP, look forward to you next post...
12-27-2006, 05:33 AM
Finally! After spending the past couple of months swimming through commissions I can now get a chance to roll around in the dust with my little friend here :)
Tonight I got straight into it and worked on all his wrinkles. I'll post the images here but if you want more detail as to how I did it just drop by my channel at youtube (http://youtube.com/wildatart) later tonight. I'm uploading the latest video demo now.
Laying the foundations...
Creating depth and detail
Moving to the eyes and ears...
Adding shadows to the head.
I'll have another update tomorrow night as I continue to create his wrinkles and bring him to life. I'll also be working on the background.
Thanks for looking!
12-27-2006, 03:27 PM
I just love it!
It's a beautifull finish!! ^^ You've done well!!
12-28-2006, 03:18 AM
If you love it keep watching as there is much much more to come!
12-28-2006, 10:26 AM
Such a cute little beggar!! Is this the first of a series? I do like your wild ones, Leigh!
12-28-2006, 08:01 PM
Thanks Suzi, he is a cutie, isn't he?
12-30-2006, 11:02 PM
The wrinkles are all done! I've spent the past night and a few hours this morning refining the wrinkles and completing the elephant. These shots are crops and closeups to give you a better idea of the details..
The rest of the day will be used to paint all the sand. Theres a heap of detail to be done through the shadows. I should be finished before the new year
12-31-2006, 12:38 AM
Heres an update of the progress on the background. My studio has been echoing with the sound of taptaptap against my drawing board.
The rest of the image will be out of focus to help develop a better sense of depth. My colourshaper will go to town!
12-31-2006, 02:26 AM
I'm finished! After spending most of the day working on the background I have completed my final painting for 2006.
"In his Father's footsteps"
Pastel on Colourfix
by Leigh Rust
Thanks for looking! All comments welcome.
Happy New Year!
12-31-2006, 03:08 AM
Stunning - thankyou for the WIP.
12-31-2006, 04:27 AM
Thanks Aletta! I may have lied when I made the comment that this was the last piece for 2006. My baby rhino Faru looks like he may be coming off the easel tonight too!
01-02-2007, 05:11 AM
After a few tweaks I have settled on this as the final image.
01-03-2007, 03:32 PM
Amazing! Really enjoyed the WIP. Thanks for sharing it.
01-05-2007, 01:51 AM
Thanks! Really glad you enjoyed the WIP. Make sure you check out my new projects; Taking a dip (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=391307) and my orangutan (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=391486). Both will be updated over the weekend when I finally get the chance to return to the studio after a chaotic week.
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