WetCanvas
Home Member Services Content Areas Tools Info Center WC Partners Shop Help
Channels:
Search for:
in:

Welcome to the WetCanvas forums. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please visit our help center.

Go Back   WetCanvas > Explore Subjects > Animal and Wildlife Subjects
User Name
Password
Register Mark Forums Read

Salute to our Partners
WC! Sponsors

Our Sponsors
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #31   Report Bad Post  
Old 07-23-2011, 06:39 AM
OcelotEyes's Avatar
OcelotEyes OcelotEyes is offline
Senior Member
Brisbane, Australia
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 280
 
Hails from Australia
Re: Painting a Mammoth - ideas, brainstorm, WIP thread

Backgrounds scare me.
They really, really intimidate me and fill me with dread.
I'm fine painting animals that no one has seen in thousands of years, but trees, snow and grass? AHHH!

So I procrastinated on this for a few days, but here's what it's looking like so far, with awful "placeholder" grass. Wow I really need to remember what snow looks like - been in Australia too long!

I need some serious landscape practice...
Might put a herd of mammoths in the background close by (like the herd of elephants in my references) just so I can avoid drawing any trees... LOL!!





And I did a little bit of work on the baby mammoth's face and fur, though it looks funny right now because he doesn't have defined ears yet:

__________________

Wildlife Artist and Photographer - http://www.undreamed.ca/
My Etsy Shop - http://oceloteyes.etsy.com/
My Art Blog
Reply With Quote
  #32   Report Bad Post  
Old 07-23-2011, 07:43 AM
lisapencil lisapencil is offline
Lord of the Arts
North Yorkshire
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,070
 
Hails from United Kingdom
Re: Painting a Mammoth - ideas, brainstorm, WIP thread

Looks great so far Nadya. How about adding some prehistoric trees in the very background, so just to fix the time period in the viewer's head. Just a thought
Reply With Quote
  #33   Report Bad Post  
Old 07-23-2011, 07:57 AM
OcelotEyes's Avatar
OcelotEyes OcelotEyes is offline
Senior Member
Brisbane, Australia
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 280
 
Hails from Australia
Re: Painting a Mammoth - ideas, brainstorm, WIP thread

Thank you!

Yes this is what I'm trying to figure out.. what to do with that background. Foreground is giving me enough problems, haha, and I was thinking of putting in a herd of mammoths so they would visually block off the trees! I guess I might have to teach myself to paint trees as I go along

Although, in the Pleistocene, most trees already looked like they do today. It wasn't so long ago in evolutionary terms. If anything, they might have been shorter and more stunted, in a harsh steppe-tundra landscape. But many species that we know were already around back then.
__________________

Wildlife Artist and Photographer - http://www.undreamed.ca/
My Etsy Shop - http://oceloteyes.etsy.com/
My Art Blog
Reply With Quote
  #34   Report Bad Post  
Old 07-23-2011, 09:56 AM
orniodesigns's Avatar
orniodesigns orniodesigns is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 232
 
Hails from Finland
Re: Painting a Mammoth - ideas, brainstorm, WIP thread

You dont need to paint any treesif you dont want! They are not necessary. There was mammoths also in forested areas, but many of them occured on steppes where there is trees only in river valleys.

http://birdpaintings.net/wildlifeart...olulla6401.jpg

I would make hair thicher and longer. Their environment was very cold and windy during winters. Muskox hair could be similar.
__________________

Last edited by orniodesigns : 07-23-2011 at 09:59 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #35   Report Bad Post  
Old 07-23-2011, 11:15 AM
pennybrite pennybrite is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 43
 
Re: Painting a Mammoth - ideas, brainstorm, WIP thread

You're so brave to attempt this and it's coming together brilliantly. The only thing that's distracting me a little is the positioning of the baby's head just touching the mother's tusk. I think the technical term is kissing point or something similar. Is it too late to move the baby down a little? I think the background is perfect - I see the shadows in the snow are left to right indicating a light source from the left so maybe some left highlights on the mammoths would bring them to life a little more?
I love the detail your getting in this, I just wouldn't know where to begin!
Reply With Quote
  #36   Report Bad Post  
Old 07-23-2011, 12:25 PM
JoL56's Avatar
JoL56 JoL56 is offline
Lord of the Arts
Norddeutschland
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 2,200
 
Hails from Germany
Re: Painting a Mammoth - ideas, brainstorm, WIP thread

Interesting work! I lice it!
Joachim
Reply With Quote
  #37   Report Bad Post  
Old 08-10-2011, 11:08 AM
rowenna rowenna is offline
Senior Member
Wisconsin
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 183
 
Hails from United States
Re: Painting a Mammoth - ideas, brainstorm, WIP thread

Any updates on this? I would love to see how it is coming along!
__________________
NIKI
C&C always welcome!
http://nicole-grattan.fineartamerica.com/
Reply With Quote
  #38   Report Bad Post  
Old 08-11-2011, 10:29 AM
OcelotEyes's Avatar
OcelotEyes OcelotEyes is offline
Senior Member
Brisbane, Australia
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 280
 
Hails from Australia
Re: Painting a Mammoth - ideas, brainstorm, WIP thread

Hi Rowenna! Thanks for asking - life has taken over a bit in the past couple weeks, my work's been so busy that I just come home and fall over.
And my husband's computer is broken, which means we've been sharing one while it's being repaired... which means no long Photoshop painting sessions without him giving me the puppy-eyes asking to use the computer, haha

Hopefully he'll get his computer back this week and I'll have time to return to this project soon!! I've been itching to work on this!
__________________

Wildlife Artist and Photographer - http://www.undreamed.ca/
My Etsy Shop - http://oceloteyes.etsy.com/
My Art Blog
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:33 PM.


© 2014 F+W All rights reserved.