Next recipe from Gayle - this is from the fur tutorial which is in the CP Library , link here Eye Spy II - including Fur Tutorial
. Although this post includes extracts from the thread concerned, I cannot emphasise too much that you need to read it in full to understand how Gayle uses the colours. All the words are Gayles but the underlining (to show area of fur the colours apply to) is mine.
Glenspey / November 2004
I have started working on the eye socket
. I first looked for the shiny areas and put down a thick layer of white. I then used beige, raw umber, dark brown, sepia and dark umber in that order to build the depth. I added indigo and black in the darkest areas and then picked up my light spots with another layer of white. I have added indigo blue to the right of the eye socket and then Black Grape throughout the socket, I am not really following the reference for colours, I know how I want it to end up and work to that end.
I have started building the fur
in beige and raw umber. There are three diffenent areas here :-
1. The close fur on the side of the nose
: For the nose I do short strokes which overlap, I have used beige, light and dark peach, raw umber and dark brown, I am using them together rather than one layer of each, I will keep going until I achieve the depth.
2.The longer eyebrow fur
: I have used a beige base and then I have drawn in some hairs with dark brown, I will continue to build on this but this first layer defines where I'm going.
3.The denser dark stripe
: I need it broken up by lighter fur so, after the beige basecoat I have done longer looser strokes of raw umber and dark brown which don't overlap. [next stage] I've darkened the dark stripe using raw umber, dark brown, sepia and dark umber, leaving the area's I want to have lighter fur.
Nostrils / nose
: I have layered black grape in the nostrils and round the edge of the nose, layered cream and peach over the fleshy areas.
This is the nose
, dark umber, indigo, paynes grey and black in the nostril, light peach, blush pink, dark peach, a little golden rod, henna and then more of the same on the fleshy part.
I have started working the chest fur
in, I need to do it at the same time as the jaw to see how the colours interact. I don't want the chest to compete with the head so my strokes are all light and much longer as the fur is longer. I am working with white to lighten some areas then, cloud blue, clay rose and celedon green, in no particular order just keeping on layering.
NB Essentially from this point on the tutorial is essentially about how to use the colours rather than the colours used. The basic message being 'more of the same'. Again, as stated at the beginning, please refer to Gayle's wonderful tutorial in the CP Library for more detail.