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Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by beanpoleuk, Oct 27, 2016.


  1. beanpoleuk

    beanpoleuk Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    It seems I took enough images for a Step by Step so here we go :)

    This reference took my interest due to the cute nature of the fox, but also the out of focus stuff and depth of field would be interesting to reproduce.

    Size: 12x16
    Substrate: Claybord
    AB: Custom Micron SB
    Paint: Etac Efx

    After transferring the image, (rubbed the back of the reference with an HB pencil), I cut out the main part of the image to use as a loose shield and started on the background.

    Here I have roughly mapped out the background features with burnt umbra.

    stage_1.jpg
    With the general shapes in place I applied the first layers of colour.
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    With the initial layer in place I just kept going back and forth with the darker area’s and colours until I finally reached a stage very comparable to the reference in tone and detail. I have not used any erasing anywhere yet, just carefully freehand to maintain the soft out of focus look. I will need to revisit the background at the end for final adjustments and also some of the foreground appears across his/her face.

    stage_3.jpg

    With the background done, I started on the left ear as some of the foreground is in front of the ear and I wanted to work out the best approach. So first I put down the initial detail of the ear with burnt umbra, but only ‘lightly’ detailed the fur which would be ‘under’ the foreground out of focus foliage. I then painted the foreground foliage with the first layer of colour.

    stage_4.jpg

    Now I built up the first layer of colour for the ear itself using golden Ochre and Brown Ochre light layers. I find that you can get a very wide range of yellow/brown/orange colours layering transparent golden Ochre and Brown Ochre depending on how much of each you use.

    stage_5.jpg

    After a total of 3 layers erasing/colour we have an ear :)
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    Repeated for the other ear.

    stage_7.jpg

    Carried on working down the head, using the same colours and technique. I find the best way to reproduce the foreground out of focus foliage is to only lightly detail any fur likely to be under this area to make sure the transparent layers of foliage colour will cover detail in the dense areas but still show slight detail as you reach the edges.

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    Decided to start on the face around the eye area, again first just mapping out the fur with a layer of dagger stokes indicating direction. Then add a bit of shadow with burnt umbra, then go back in again with a few more dagger stokes, before starting the erasing with the fibre pen. I used 3 layers of erasing and colour to reach this stage.

    stage_9.jpg

    Now I started on the area around the eye, looking at the reference I need 3 colours, Paynes grey, sepia smoke and blue. Started off with paynes grey until I was happy with the shapes, then erased textures. Next step required a dusting of sepia smoke especially towards the outside edges, so basically the colour faded from grey to sepia. Re-established the textures then applied a light dusting of blue over the inner edges to give the blue grey look I was after, (doesn’t show up well on my phone camera), then created the sharp highlights with the electric eraser.

    stage_10.jpg

    Continued on next post due to limit of 10 images per post :)
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    Now to colour in the eye , first as usual I used paynes grey for the initial detail .
    stage_11.jpg

    Then used red ochre and golden ochres layers to build up the colour.

    stage_12.jpg

    Carried on down the face , for the nose I built up the depth using paynes grey and then a final coat of blue before adding the highlights to give the ‘wet look’.

    stage_13.jpg

    It is worth noting that as I move onto another area I usually also quickly go back over some of the other area’s touching up and tweaking as I go then at the end there should be limited ‘tweaking’ required, now I moved on to the chest hair, all I needed to do here was to slowly build up the layers and texture with paynes grey and erase in between.

    stage_14.jpg

    Then finally carried on with the remaining fur and we ae done …

    finished_fox.jpg

    Thanks for looking :)
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    VERY COOL and informative! Thanks for putting this up beanpole.
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    Amazing as always!


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    Very nice and good SBS. I must say the branch ion the front annoys me!
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    Wow! Great SBS, my next project is a "Color job"! Definitely!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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    Thanks everyone for the kind comments :)

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    beanpoleuk Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    Thanks , your work has inspired me to do another mono piece as my next project :)

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    Lol, the foreground has certainly raised a few comments in my own household and a few close friends seems to be about 50/50 at the moment, pherhaps I should ensure there is something 'annoying' in my future work :)

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    Now I'm curious! :glasses:
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    Great piece Steve and thank you for this SBS , my mrs is very impressed and telling me to get on and paint a nice piece .
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    Thanks Bean :) Stellar as usual.
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    Great Painting Bean @beanpoleuk Nice SBS too. Really enjoyed seeing how it all came together.

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    amazing job. thanks for the sbs!
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    That close-up of the eye actually reveals a lot of how the layers work. Thanks.
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    I agree, In addition to capturing the emotion.
    I've been going back through beanpoleuks' past projects, and have learned a lot. A SBS is a lot of work as it is, but I really appreciate the extra time taken to show and explain the little things.
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    beanpoleuk Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    Thanks guys, i was thinking of putting a little sbs together showing how I build up fur ..

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    Interestingly, A couple hours ago I was just going through the one you did on the fur of a tiger a few months back. Great piece and extremely helpful!
    Sure wish you wouldnt have cut it off so short at 14 pages though. lol
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    Awsome job, that looks amaizing!! I would defo like a SBS on how to do fur and hair, I'm sure there are a few others out there that would too.
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    Thanks, almost forgot I already did a small sbs on how to do the fur on a tiger, here is a link to a pdf .

    http://www.stevegathercole.co.uk/SBS/fur/Creating_realistic_fur.pdf

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