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10-24-2000, 09:45 PM
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First effort came out WAY too large! Lets see if this works. acrylic on masonite-8x10.
I like the face, but the feathers are too much like fur. This took me about three hours to paint.

10-24-2000, 09:55 PM
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Gonna try this a little closer. Bear with me? I'll remove it if it's too big.

10-24-2000, 10:00 PM
Bevl, glad to see that you figured out how to post an image here. my first post with a picture came out too large too but I think I`ve pretty much got it now. I was wondering what colours you used? How did you start this one? the face of this parrot/macaw is very nicely rendered along with the beak, how did you get the texture of the birds? my paintings aren`t very good yet,but I am still learning http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gif

10-24-2000, 10:19 PM
Thankyou for showing me how to post an image. NOW you're all in trouble! LOL
hmmm. The face was based in with a fleshtone I mixed up myself. Don't ask me what colours as I just grab tubes without even looking at the names of the colours. Bit of white, bit of red, and a bit of yellow is all I know.
The face must have about 25 layers of paint on it. I shaded in the wrinkles using a small flat brush, sideloaded with a bit of um, blue. Washed some warmer fleshtones in some areas to show the blush in the skin (macaws do in fact blush). ANd added some bright white areas to accent the raised areas.
The yellow was based in with Cadmium yellow, and I added some raw sienna, a bit of burnt sienna, some white strokes, and washed over with transparent cadmium again. This was repeated over and over. I used a rake brush, but didn't like the mess it was making so I then went over with a tiny round sable stroking on individual lines. Same technique with the blues and greens. The feet I based in a medium grey, squiggled on the little scales, and then with a lighter mix of the grey I outlined around the scales. Highlighted in places using a sideloaded brush with a thin wash of either a light or dark colour to add light or shadow.
I really just wing it when I paint. I know nothing of rules and colour theory- I just try to figure things out with no real concept or pattern. So, it is hard for me to give advice, because I make it up as I go along. If you could watch me, though, you'd understand how I get these results.
The beak peeling is achieved by a using a very small flat brush sideloaded with a tiny touch of very light blue, maybe some white.
Wish I could help more.

10-24-2000, 10:52 PM
Thanks for telling me the colours you used,
<FONT face="Comic Sans MS">maybe</FONT f>I`ll start painting birds and animals,for practice ,and for paintings, even Though i have drawn animals for a couple years it`ll be hard to paint but will continue drawing

[This message has been edited by animal (edited October 24, 2000).]