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Old 04-25-2012, 06:44 AM
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Ural Owl close-up WIP x-post from colored pencils

Here's finally new work in progress - close up of ural owl. Ref. photo taken in our zoo by my friend, poor owl was held by another person (privileges of zoo workers LOL). I love these deep, black eyes so I thought it'd be good to paint.
Steps so far... below. My camera made it a bit to brown, nevertheless I have a lot of layering ahead even on parts you can see here, mostly with greys, white grey and some desaturated blues. I'm using Derwent Drawing, Coloursoft and Artists on heavyweight paper with slight tooth, 21x29cm size.

Started with the eye - if the eye goes ok I move on, if it's bad and lifeless I know it's not worth it



Working on the "face"...




And here you see my method - marking darkest areas and working according to them with lighter colors, then going back on darks to blend them in.



This is what I have after a little more than one hour, I tend to work fast when I know what to do and this is pretty easy, regardless the mess of feathers that I need to suggest further from the eyes ^_^
And close-up of the work - a bit rough looking but it's due to my camera and when I tried to make scan it was even worse so...



It still needs more defining light and dark areas but it's just about thin layers of petrel greys and mid greys in dark areas and some chinese white to bring out lights.

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Re: Ural Owl close-up WIP x-post from colored pencils

love how this has started and must agree
[QUOTEStarted with the eye - if the eye goes ok I move on, if it's bad and lifeless I know it's not worth it
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I do the same thing ..gona be back to see the next update to it.

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This will be very nice when it's done! Can't wait to see the progress develop.
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Re: Ural Owl close-up WIP x-post from colored pencils

Wow, some of the best colored pencil I see!
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Very nice! I like how bold the strokes and colors are. And the eye is fantastic
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Re: Ural Owl close-up WIP x-post from colored pencils

stunning start
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A great start!
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Looks great so far! Will enjoy following this one
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Off to a great start so far! Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
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Re: Ural Owl close-up WIP x-post from colored pencils

Thank you so much everyone! Thanks for watching the progress, usually I don't post steps but as I love to watch them myself while others work, I thought I'd show my way.
Here's an update. Had not much time yesterday and only today I managed to find a little less than an hour. I wish I could sit and paint for at least three hours when I have nothing to cook, no phone to answer, no laundry to do

Still moving around one eye but slowly going towards the second. I think I'm putting away the moment I start the second eye, I'm afraid to ruin all work by not doing it as good as I did the first



And the beak. Not quite finished but i wanted to move from the ugly part of painting very first layers. I'll add some details later on, when Zest-it is fully dry.



The photo above is somehow tilted shaky hands LOL

Thanks for watching!
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Re: Ural Owl close-up WIP x-post from colored pencils

Watching with fascination - he looks so beautiful and intense already!
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Looking beautiful so far Olga, the eye is amazing.
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Looking great! Will be back for the finish.
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Re: Ural Owl close-up WIP x-post from colored pencils

He's looking great already ... will be back also to check in ..
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Re: Ural Owl close-up WIP x-post from colored pencils

Beautiful already, I really love how you're achieving those feathers. Excited to see this progress!
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