View Full Version : Elephant in pastels

02-06-2007, 06:55 PM
I've gone for an unusual crop here to make the elephant more dominating. I may have gone too far but it's too late now :lol:

I've always been impressed with the people who can make an elephant (or hippo, rhino etc etc) look wet and I've taken a RL photo by 'Stalksthedawn' (thanks) and mixed and matched with other references to try and create a 'just got out of the watering hole' look. I have no idea if I've been successful.



A smaller version than the monster above is here


This is how it looks in the frame


And here is a quick WIP which clearly shows the ugly stages I manage to end up with. I try to fight my way through them.

It's about 300 x 300 (12" x 12") on light blue colourfix. The sky is the paper with no pastel on it




02-06-2007, 07:12 PM
Wow! Beautiful! Thanks for the WIP!

02-06-2007, 07:41 PM
DOUBLE WOW!!! Very amazing and wonderful. Thanks for sharing this beautiful painting!

02-06-2007, 08:31 PM
Oh it's stunning in it's frame. I bet you are thrilled.

I like the cropping - it is powerful.


02-06-2007, 09:17 PM
It's gorgeous, Patrick!


Paula Ford
02-06-2007, 09:22 PM
DOUBLE WOW!!! Very amazing and wonderful. Thanks for sharing this beautiful painting!

TRIPLE WOW! Wonderful!


Kathryn Day
02-06-2007, 09:29 PM
This really works in the square format. Good work!

02-06-2007, 09:41 PM
Patrick!! excellent! This baby is gorgeous!! and the wet look is successful I think!
I tried an elephant a few months ago and gave up with all the wrinkles, lol.. it ended up crinkled in the bin. But I do want to try again, now I have stretched my patience level!
He looks really good in the frame, cropped like this!


02-06-2007, 10:53 PM
Let's see..... what are we up to now? I think it's a Quadruple WOW!!!!! :clap: Just an awesome job all the way around, and the cop?? Oh, Yeah!!! And fantastic in the frame!

I tried an elephant a few months ago and gave up with all the wrinkles, lol.. it ended up crinkled in the bin
Annie-Maree... maybe you could take it out of the bin and the wrinkles will have been done for you and ready for you to proceed??? :D

02-06-2007, 10:56 PM
Hehehe Tammy!! thats a thought!!! sort of a 3D effect...hmmmmmm lol :)

02-06-2007, 11:42 PM
Patrick, this is great! He definitely looks wet and I think he looks very pleased about it too! Love it.


02-07-2007, 12:06 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/TheMikado/Emoticons/dropjaw.gif Wow!! I only posted this a few hours ago. You are all one hugely encouraging bunch of people. Thank you all so much :)

By the way, this one didn't want to be framed. I bought a frame first, then did the painting to suit the frame. Well, first I broke the glass, then I broke the frame. Fortunately I bought two identical frames and treated the second one with a bit more care http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/TheMikado/Emoticons/00000061.gif

02-07-2007, 01:19 AM
Okay, so you not only paint incredibly well, but you've got the coolest little smilies goin' on there... love the one with the jaw dropping!!!!!!!!:clap:

Selahs art
02-07-2007, 01:34 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I Love elephants.
Gods big animal with a caring heart.
You have done him justice.

Beautifull work.


02-07-2007, 03:34 AM
Wow thats fantastic!!!!!!!!
Thanks for showing us and the stages,I am still learning,could you tell me what colours you used? talk me through your stages in how you got that effect, so I can learn please
its so beatuful

02-07-2007, 05:58 AM
Hi Tammy. Yeah, that one is cool lol

Thanks once again everyone.

Veronica, funnily enough, I could work with bright red and bright yellow and I'd still end up with some sort of dull earthy colour. Seems to be the way with me. Having disparaged my work now, I must admit I usually limit my palette to the earthy range. I tend to use siennas, umbers, and purples a lot. No green in this one but if there was I would have used Olive green as it's earthy.

My process is still developing as I've only been using pastels for three months. I draw it fairly loosely, knowing I'll probably change things later. I'm not the greatest planner. Then it's on with the midrange of a particular area. That's when it gets ugly. After that, I work the lights and darks in and that's when it transforms and I start to see whether it'll work or not. I guess if it looks like it's not working, I'll find a way of rescuing it. I hate to be beaten, so not much goes in the bin, but some of them take a while to rescue. My last chimp was almost a joke in how long it took, and how many times I removed the pastel.

In terms of learning, I say just go for it. You learn more from your mistakes. I sometimes get it right first pop, but that doesn't help me at all because I have no idea how I did it. If I have to wrestle with it, that's when I really learn. My goal is to get to the stage where I get it right every time, and have no idea how I do it, but if I'm getting it right all the time, I won't care how I do it :lol:

Karen Margulis
02-07-2007, 08:13 AM
I love your elephant! The square format is perfect for the crop. Fantastic work. I like your goal!!! I'd like to get to that point too!


02-07-2007, 12:09 PM
Excellent job. I can't say any more than has already been said. Just beautiful.


02-08-2007, 08:53 PM
Thanks guys, a heap :)