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Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by AndreZA, Jul 2, 2018.


  1. AndreZA

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

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    Trace or draw the subject. Put in as much detail as you need.
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    If you traced it, use the same printout and cut out the subject along the trace lines, not the image lines. This will make sure you match the lines on the substrate.
    Now fill in the background. I use magnets to hold down the mask. If you want sharper lines, normally close to the focus point, place the magnets closer to the edge and for softer edges place them further in.
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    I started doing the darkests parts which were the outlines of the scale and the eye. I actually uses frisket to keep the highlight on the eye clean.
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    I then decided to rather do them scale by scale and the outline of each scale as I move along.
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    I then got second thoughts about the way I was doing this so I added colour to see if it would work. And yes it did.
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    I then just continued filling in scale by scale keeping the light areas as light as posible. Where I had to, I used erasers to get back the whites.
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    Doing the out of focus areas was not as critical as the infocus parts. Values were darker and edges were softer.
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    Back to the infocus bits and a lot of light lines and erasing.
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    Finishing the main subject and going back in to tother areas to change values. Some got darker and some were lightened.
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    The back part had quite a bit of detail for an out of focus bit. As it moved further away it got more out of focus with less detail. Always stand back and look at the overall picture. Sometimes you do not need to add all the detail that's on the reference.
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    Filled in the rock/tree trunk it was on. Quite a bit of erasing with a course eraser to get texture.
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    Started adding more colour. This red is a mixture red, orange and burnt umber mixed with transparent base.
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    Continued with the red.
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    The green followed. It was a mixture of blue and green with a bit of red to dull the green and transparent base to make it transparent.
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    Here a bit of a close up just to show it is not as clean and sharp as a zoomed out photo.
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    A bit bright highlights were added with white and then slightly nocked back with black again. The highlight in the eye was done with light blue and light red on the white.
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    And it is all done.
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    That's a spectacular SBS, Andre! :thumbsup: Thank you for showing how you did it.
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    This is truly a beautiful piece Andre. The detail is outstanding and it’s just a great image. This is one of my favourite wildlife pieces I’ve seen since joining the forum.


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    Fantastic Stuff, Andre! Thanks for taking the time to put this one together.
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    Amazing step by step! Thank you for putting the step by step together and the explanation of how you went about each step. I like the way that rather than just using colour from the start you first create the painting in black and grey and then add colour over the top.
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    Wow thanx Andre, will try it when i have some time!!


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    @AndreZA I fancy having a go at this one but I won't without your permission.

    I hope everyone else understands that you make this and indeed all your other works look easier than it actually is:)
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    Thank you for this fantastic SBS!

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    Awesome work and a great SBS Andre, thanks for the time putting this one together
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    This is a great painting and a great step-by-step. Your contributions help make this forum great.
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    Please do try it. I did not do this just to look at. Here is a link to the reference. I don't know where the one I used came from but this one is even better.

    https://www.pixelstalk.net/viper-snake-backgrounds-hd/#


    There is nothing difficult about this. It is just time consuming.
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    Thanks everybody. Glad I could help.
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    Thank you Andre, I shall have fun with it, I've just downloaded the reference which I will print later today, I had a tiger planned for my first painting in over 18 months but a few others are doing tigers at the moment so I've been looking for something different to get me started.

    Time consuming isn't a problem these days since I have nothing but time, but I just hope I can get the free hand accuracy and clean lines you always manage to get, but most importantly I'll finally manage to get some paint into my brush:)

    I think the thing that scares me a little with this one is that I did a snake in my first year of airbrushing which was all free hand and came out very out of focus, I'm sure you'll remember the skull competition we all did a few years back, I had the same problem with that one in which mine also featured a snake, let's hope 5 years on I've improved a little, but if I can get mine even half as good as yours I'll be happy:)
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    Great SBS, many thanks for putting this together. Certainly lots of food for thought...

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