View Full Version : Giraffe WIP

02-01-2007, 10:10 AM
Here are the beginnings of a giraffe. Your critique is welcome!


And I have a question... What's the best way to blend or blur acrylics like for an out of focus background? It's a challenge for me. Any suggestions will be much appreciated!

02-01-2007, 10:36 AM
Hmmmm, staring in the car window huh, what a neat shot! Your work on the giraffe is finely detailed perhaps using a more impressionistic approach to the background would blur it

02-01-2007, 10:51 AM
Love the odd positioning, as usually they're shown vertically - good work.... :thumbsup:
[car window - nice thought, :lol:]

02-01-2007, 11:50 AM
Thank you. I do seem to go for the "odd positioning" in the animals I have painted so far. Hmmm.

02-01-2007, 01:31 PM
Janet: To blur the background (as in a photograph) I usually dry brush the shapes with a big (#14 or #16) bristle brush, flat or bright.

02-01-2007, 01:40 PM
I do like your composition and the beginnings of your painting. This should be interesting and fun to watch. I dry brush too once I have my basic shapes in the background. That helps to soften areas or mute colors plus add interest with the underlying colors showing through in places.

02-01-2007, 02:27 PM
Interesting composition - looking forward to the detail .... promising start
I was also interested to hear of Ann's and Merritt's approach to blurring the background - will remember this. I tend to paint wet beside wet and blend the edges together with a single light stoke so the colours/ shapes stay distinct but the edges are blurred.

02-01-2007, 09:15 PM
He's great, love the look on his face - your paintings are forming a great Safari series !!!! Very interested to hear how others achieve the blurring effect, proves yet again there is no 'right or wrong' way of doing it, just what suits you .... look forward to seeing what you do & hearing how you ended up doing it :D !!!

02-01-2007, 09:17 PM
Thank you all for your "blurring" advice. I'll give dry brushing a try.

02-03-2007, 03:12 PM
Here she is with a bit more done.

02-03-2007, 03:53 PM
This is going to be really good. Like what you are doing with this.

Charlie's Mum
02-03-2007, 04:12 PM
I like this - she's showing such curiosity!
Like the addition of the foreground foliage too.

02-03-2007, 04:21 PM
Thanks Ann and Maureen.

02-03-2007, 06:41 PM
Very good!! Love the sense of depth here, with the blurred background and sharp focus plants in fore...... :thumbsup:

02-03-2007, 11:54 PM
Oh my, I'm so embarassed I called her a him :o , what a difference eyelashes make !!!!

background looks nice & blurry now & I too like the addition of the detailed plants, looking really good :thumbsup: !!

02-04-2007, 12:34 AM
Oh she is looking so beautiful..I love Giraffe's!!! Her pose is priceless..:)

02-04-2007, 11:27 AM
Thanks Taz and JJ. And, to tell you the truth, I hadn't decided she was a she until I got to the eyelashes! But that clinched it for me.

02-04-2007, 11:29 AM
Thank you Robert. I think she and her surroundings are coming along.

02-05-2007, 08:07 PM
I think she's finished. Your C&C would be much appreciated.


02-05-2007, 11:31 PM
Perfect!!!!!!!!!! :) I love her!!

I am looking for Giraffe ref pics myself to paint some for next weeks class. they are so unique!!

Selahs art
02-06-2007, 12:46 AM
Beautifull work.


02-06-2007, 03:48 AM
I particularly love the way you have captured the texture of her skin - perfect attention to detail!

02-06-2007, 04:17 AM
Your giraffe is lovely Janet, she feels alive!

02-06-2007, 10:55 AM
Thank you all so much. Out of the 3 paintings I've done, this was the most challenging.

And, JJ, I would agree totally. Giraffes are very unique creatures... with their big eyes, beautiful eyelashes (that most of us girls would die for), wrinkles (that we'd love to avoid) and comic essence about them, they are a whole bunch of stuff rolled into one! I love 'em! :lol:

02-06-2007, 11:17 AM
Janet, well done! You have just the right depth from the shrub area to the giraffe to the background. I love how you painted her face and lashes. :)

02-06-2007, 12:30 PM
Thank you Ann. But, boy, you've given me more to think about when I paint... Foreground, middle ground and background.... Hmmm. I just painted! Hee hee!:rolleyes:

02-06-2007, 01:42 PM
This really turned out striking, you can almost feel her breath

02-06-2007, 03:20 PM
Then do a happy dance Janet because you have good instincts when it comes to painting depth. I am so glad you listen to them. :)

02-06-2007, 05:20 PM
Now, what's next - the full giraffe??:eek:legs spread reaching down?:lol: would make an interesting 'long' painting:evil: .... maybe make it by a stream, with a turtle looking up at it?:rolleyes:

02-06-2007, 09:36 PM
This turned out beautifully :clap: , I love the detail on the face but the neck is also really nice with the really realistic 'short' fur feel (does that make any sense ??!!)

You def got the foreground/background thing down too - look forward to the next one & thanks for sharing as a WIP so cool to watch the developments & read all the helpful comments !!

02-07-2007, 09:59 AM
Hi Robert. It seems I've "expanded" a bit by adding a neck. My others were just heads. Hee hee. The whole body makes me a bit nervous... all those long legs! I'll get there. But I think for my first "whole body" critter it'll be a short and stubby one! :)

02-07-2007, 10:04 AM
Thank you Doc, Ann and Taz. Your comments and encouragement mean the world to me!

02-07-2007, 11:11 PM
wow that turned out so nice !!!:)

02-08-2007, 01:31 AM
Love the fur on the neck...great texture to it! Great job!

02-08-2007, 09:17 AM
Thank you Maria and Deb. That fur on the neck was a pain in the hiney! :lol: But I learned my way through it.