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wendee
03-10-2001, 03:41 AM
Would like to ask how you do the hair on the animals....they look soooo real...must take such a long time.....wendee http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gif)

animal
03-10-2001, 11:23 PM
Wendee,
I usually start by planning the animal and the placement of features, recently started working on a table to get the features correct. Then I start drawing in the animal. I use HB and 2B and start drawing in the animal`s fur. I start with Hb then work up to a darker 2B using long strokes and short strokes depending on the animal, ( ex., an elephant has smooth thick skin so I mostly blend the elephant tones), http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Animal

wendee
03-11-2001, 03:33 AM
Animal..thanks for the reply.. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif....so how does that work for colour then..iam using and learning to use pastels at the moment...gosh its pretty hard..i have only done oil landscapes.. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif thanks wendee http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Crias
03-21-2001, 12:00 AM
Originally posted by wendee:
Would like to ask how you do the hair on the animals....they look soooo real...must take such a long time.....wendee http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gif)

Think about waht direction the hair falls, and then just make each stroke go in that direction. This works especially well for pencil, CP and ink. I don't know about paints, becuase I haven't ever painted. For fine detailed lines use fine, sharp points, and for fuzzy lines use a blunter tip. You can also come in with graphite pencil and blur areas with a smudge stick, or my preference, your finger. Make sure your hands are clean though or you will leave oil on the picture. You can also blur and then come over it with fine lines to darken an area. Another way is to mix mediums. I like to come in with ink on top of CP and put in dark hairs. It really doesn't take that much time after you get used to doing it and seeing how hair lays. Seeing is half as hard as actually doing it! Part of it comes down to practice makes better (not perfect!).

Here is a drawing that uses many textures. The horse has individual hairs, which are done with a fairly sharp point. The face of the indian is smudged with my finger. The feather combines the two...smudge first, then come back in with sharper lines (really the horse is done this way too). The hair is darker, but also has lines over it to add depth and dimension.

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Hope this helps!



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Cathy Sheeter
Sheeter Zoo Crew Animal Art
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Crias
03-21-2001, 12:04 AM
Oh, I forgot to say that I also use a gum eraser to lighten areas. I only use one type of pencil...the tye that you ahve everywhere in your house...good ole #2.

And in terms of CP...same thing as graphite except that you can also come in with darker and lighter colors for fine hairs and the gum eraser does not pick up as well on CP as graphite.

Cathy

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Cathy Sheeter
Sheeter Zoo Crew Animal Art
www.geocities.com/sheeter_zoo_crew/

wendee
03-21-2001, 02:05 AM
Crais...thanks so much for you reply....it sure helps a lot...iam doing pastels now so what you told me will work just as well with them...iam most greatful for all your help......thanks and take care..wendee http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif