View Full Version : Tiger Face WIP

10-01-2007, 04:16 AM
I am back again and this time I am going to attempt a work in progress.
I hope you can be patient with me as I am not sure how often I can get back here, but having said that I never seem to spend too long on the one project as I get annoyed with myself if I spend too long on them :lol:

I have chosen a tiger from the reference library but I cropped it to what I like.
Here is the cropped reference, I am sure it has been painted lots of times ...


I am working directly from my computer and I always select my palette prior to beginning. I am using a combination of CarbOthello and Faber Castell pitt pastel pencils, Generals charcoal white and I have a black Derwent. I am working on Canson MiTeintes, Moonstone, smoothside. This painting will be 8x10 inches.



10-01-2007, 04:22 AM
I always work from medium to dark and medium to light. I don't begin in any particular area but for this one I thought the right eye would be a good place. I lay down my foundation colours and rub them in.


I like to work certain areas at a time, I just do whatever feels right at the time. If I am struggling I just move on and go back later. Once I have my foundations layed I begin to darken and lighten where appropriate.


10-01-2007, 04:27 AM
I just keep working in the same manner from section to section.
Here are some more progress photos....



10-01-2007, 04:34 AM
And here is todays progess ....





This is where I am at now. Not sure if I will get any work done tomorrow.
It's school holidays here at the moment, kids are driving me crazy!!!
But as soon as I do some more I will post again :wave:

10-01-2007, 04:52 AM
This WIP is just amazing!!
I'm looking closely at it, learning more i can :)

10-01-2007, 09:52 AM
This is looking great Holley! Thank you for doing a WIP.


10-01-2007, 10:20 AM

Beautiful job!!! I don't know what's more amazing...your work or how neat and tidy your work space is! When I work I have dust in every knook and cranny and pastels spread from yesterday to tomorrow. lol

I love the big cat's eyes - I just seem to get lost in them. Again, beautiful.


10-01-2007, 10:46 AM
Holley, thank you for posting this WIP. I am eagerly waiting for your next update. Beautiful work!

10-01-2007, 11:59 AM
WOW_ already OUTSTANDING....I LOVE THIS...can't wait for more!

10-01-2007, 12:06 PM
Grabs chair and settles down to watch near the front.
What a tremendous tiger - and you're bringing him (her) to life...
(Devouring your technique - especially after visiting your web-site).
Hope the kids let you finish!!!!

Merethe T
10-01-2007, 02:36 PM
Watching this with interest - thanks for doing this Holley! Tiger's gonna be perfect, of course....!! Wonderful work with the fur, especially the whites - very lifelike!

10-01-2007, 04:13 PM
woho...looks great!

10-01-2007, 06:03 PM
You are doing a fabulous job! He's gorgeous! Thank you so much for taking the time to post a WIP and show us your technique. How long did this much take you? I love learning from the wonderful people at WC. *sits down quietly to await the next post*

10-03-2007, 06:34 AM
Thanks so much for watching everyone. I haven't gotten any further just yet but hope to soon. Today was my youngest sons 3rd birthday, can hardly believe he is 3 already, time has just flown. Now I am on the countdown till the birth of my new addition - 10 weeks to go, eek! And that will go quick enough, but try telling me that when I have a bad day and it all just seems to be taking forever!

Mandy - I try to keep things tidy, my art area is actually just the corner set up in my baby room so I feel I have to keep organised. Would love a real studio one of these days! I don't have a lot of pastel dust using the pencils, not like with the sticks.

Bryarpatch - I can't tell how long this has taken me so far. I started it on Sunday and did some more on Monday. When I work I am getting up and down alot because my kids are still around demanding me. I just do what I can when I can. If I had to guess I'd say a good couple of hours.

Hope to post some more progress real soon :wave:

10-03-2007, 08:13 AM
Holley, I can totally relate to the tiny tidy area. Mine is the corner of the dining room, which isn't used as one, but is used as a bar/computer/desk/kids table area. LOL But I have a fantastic view of the field, barn and the horses. It's a great space anyway. And for matting and framing I have a table set up in the basement. But someday I'd like to have my own studio too.

10-03-2007, 02:23 PM
Im in on this one, great to see your technique close up . good luck ,Will

10-03-2007, 02:36 PM
Fabulous Holly and thank you for the WIP. Learning loads from your fur technique. This is going to fantastic when completed. :clap: I'll be continuing to watch and enjoy this

john scott
10-03-2007, 04:06 PM
Thanks for putting your WIP out there, so encouraging to see what can be done and the manner in which it is produced. For a true novice like me it's so helpful. Good luck with the big event.
John Scott St Albans, UK

10-06-2007, 12:13 AM
Stephanie - Yes a studio would be nice but it's probably quite surprising how many of us just create at the kitchen table or elsewhere. It doesn't really matter I guess as long as I get to do art work regularly I am happy :wink2:

Will, Gary and John - Thanks for your comments :)

Finally I have an update. Here is some work I did on Thursday. I tried to get here to upload earlier but for some reason I was having trouble even getting Wetcanvas to load. I am hoping to get some more done this afternoon or tomorrow.




10-06-2007, 01:37 AM
Wow - I just walked in on this WIP....I'm pulling up my chair. I'm looking forward to more. How exciting and so kind of you to share with the rest of us. It's amazing to watch your technique and be a apart of this handsome cat's creation. Thanks for the view.


10-06-2007, 09:41 AM
Holley this is a joy!

Thank you so much for sharing and all these steps, you are a star! :clap: :clap: :clap:


10-07-2007, 02:20 AM
Thank you Tracer and Alison :cat:

Here is another update from yesterday afternoon :wave:



I wanted to do some more today but I've caught a chest cold and I am feeling a bit flat. Hope to do some more when I am feeling a bit better!

10-07-2007, 02:28 AM
I love your work Holley, so crisp and clear. I bet you have a sharpener for your pencils close by :)


Mary Brigid
10-07-2007, 11:57 AM
hope you will be better soon Holley and be able to get back to work on this... It is awesome.
Mary Brigid

10-10-2007, 03:59 AM
Hi Annie and Mary, yes always have my sharpener handy!
Sorry no updates yet, I am still crook but I am slowly getting better.
Hope to do some more soon :)

10-10-2007, 09:07 AM
Just get better. We'll wait for the updates.

10-10-2007, 11:37 PM
Hope you feel better soon Holley...take care...and don't worry, we'll all be here when your ready and able.


10-11-2007, 07:54 AM
hope your feeling better soon. And thank-you so much for this close-up wip I am learning and enjoying so much.

10-12-2007, 05:45 AM
Hope you're feeling better soon Holley!


10-14-2007, 08:40 AM
I am finally feeling better and have made some progress on my tiger ...



Not too much more to go, I am hoping to finish it tomorrow if I get the time :wave:

10-14-2007, 01:06 PM
i really enjoy your work so clean and lifelike...thanks for sharing your process..i enjoyed your website too...very i like the halloween theme..or maybe yu have it like that all the time...very cool!

10-14-2007, 02:15 PM
You have the most beautiful work! I love how you manage such realistic portraits in pastel. You make it look so easy!

Oh, and I read on your site that you use mainly hard pastel, are they anything like colored pencils?

10-15-2007, 11:22 PM
Thanks Alicia and Efig! My pencils are soft enough that I can smudge them so they are unlike coloured pencils. I think that's the beauty of the pastel is they are moveable.

At last I have finished, whew!! Here is the final artwork ...


So glad to be finished, I am ready to move on now. Sure was fun, I just love painting cats of all types! :cat:
Hope to share something new again sometime soon :wave:

10-15-2007, 11:49 PM
Gorgeous Holley........


10-16-2007, 11:44 AM
It is beautiful! I still love all the fine detail you managed! And thanks answering, I'm going to go try pastel pencils now. :)

10-16-2007, 12:19 PM
Fabulous! Thanks for sharing your process with us.

10-16-2007, 03:42 PM
woooow beatifull, i wonder how you get the lines so fine i have always problems with that

10-16-2007, 09:10 PM
Thanks Efig, Diana and Nadia! :)
Nadia - I get my fine lines with sharp tips on my pencils. I use just a normal sharpener, I prefer metal ones, I never use a stanley knife as they chew too much of the pencil away. I sharpen just like a normal pencil then refine the tip itself on the sharpener blade. I go through one sharpener per project generally :)

10-17-2007, 05:04 AM
Simply fantastic!! :clap:
I've just tried to rate it, but i don't know if i've done it correctly ... :confused:

10-17-2007, 06:53 AM
Glad you're better Holley, and this is a fantastic finish!

Thanks so much for sharing.


10-17-2007, 09:41 AM
Totally amazing work. Bravo!!!

10-18-2007, 12:45 AM
Thank you very much DaR, Alison and Faelynn :)