Sunday, February 20, 2011

Red Wolf Demo

by
Armand Cabrera




This is a Step by step demo of a Red Wolf head study I did for an art forum I frequent. Someone on the forum was wondering how to paint fur. I thought I would repost it here too, so I apologize if you’ve already seen it. The photo was taken by me when I was out in California at one of the zoo’s there.

The size of this painting is 10x12 inches and I am working in oils; my palette consists of Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Permanent, Cad Red Light, Cad Yellow Light, and Titanium White



The first thing I did was draw the contour of the wolf with a brush getting the general shape down quickly.









Then I looked for the big color and value changes and blocked those in ignoring details and edge quality at this point.








Next I start to modify those big shapes by adjusting the smaller changes within them and paying attention to their edges.








The last thing I do is scrub in a background so I can paint the highlights and paint the details and refine the proportions where I think they need it. I am not really trying to paint any differently than when I paint a landscape. While there is a little more accuracy involved here, the approach is basically the same for whatever subject I tackle.

Complete time for this is two hours. These types of exercises are great for practice; changing subject matter is a good way to apply the ideas of picture making that you have developed. If your ideas have any veracity they should work for any subject matter. If not they are most likely a formula and should be re-thought or discarded for something more universal.

7 comments:

MichaelJA said...

Thank you for this!

I'm new to your blog so I appreciate this find.

Funny thing is I'm sure I've seen this way of painting before in the books I've invested in but this time it took!

I finally understand the steps involved much more clearer now... for what ever you did different in this tutorial thank you.

rahina q.h. said...

great post... i just love watching the choices other artists make!

billspaintingmn said...

I agree with Michael, Armand does have a way to talk shop to artists.
Armand! You've help to clairify an approuch to painting that gives proffesional results. Thanks from me too!

Anonymous said...

would you mind telling me what paint you used for this study?

ARMAND CABRERA said...

Maichael Rahina and Bill,
Thank you.

Anon.
Colors are list in the article. The brands are Winsor Newton and Gamblin.

adebanji said...

Brilliant, just love the whole process!

Angresano said...

Beautifully done!! GREAT Texture and drawing.