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Wilson - A Memorial

Discussion in 'Works In Progress & Finished Artworks!' started by markjthomson, Jun 3, 2017.


  1. markjthomson

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    Played a bit with a tree then added the shadow to the clouds. Happy little summers day clouds... I think Bob Ross would be proud.

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    Looking brilliant :) And I think sky is perfect, it shouldn't take anything away from the main subject :)
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    So moving on to the trees and the back ground, I started with some sepia and put in the spindly trees (tea tree or manuka...) and the trees in the far background, then started working the right side, putting in some dark green, using the fibre brush to make the leaves, another layer, more leaves, another layer, building up the texture. Then I used a scalpel to pull some grasses in the foreground. They are nice and easy do do. I might do a toi toi (said toy toy - it's like a pampas grass) as well... very New Zealand! I started on the right side, using figure 8 patterns, I'll finish that off tomorrow.

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    Foliage in the last image of the last post is looking awesome :thumbsup:.
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    So now onto the rocks. I transferred some lines to the claybord using graphite paper. Drew in some lines using a 4:1 mix of shading grey and ultramarine, then reduced 100%. Spots, figure 8 textures, erasing, some highlights and the text begins to build up. This is going to take a lot longer than I thought... but hey I enjoy doing rocks.

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    Cheers for that. I'm hoping to get some of the foreground stuff in closer detail!
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    Slow rock... or maybe rocks... texture, texture and more texture. Slowly slowly slowly. Figure 8's, electric eraser, more 8's, some brown because I got bored... some other shapes to be turned into rocks...

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    This is coming along very nicely Mark. I love that it has different textures in it, I suppose it helps break up the monotony of one texture lol
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    Yes indeed. It will be fun putting in the detail like the plants as well. Got some dirt to do tonight!
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    Oh and then at some stage - Wilson himself!
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    Great descriptions and updates Marky!! The trees are so good!
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    Wow - lots more rock detail and figure eights until I thought my figure eighter would break! So this is more rock detail followed by some dirt. I started and added some rock splatter... then added highlights around mostly the right side of the splatter to make it look like the particular volcanic rock (Ignimbrite) found in the area. It's like structural pumice. Most of it was done with Paynes' Grey. Lots of scalpel work. I then went to straight shading black for a browner tinge and some more shadow.

    Then in with the sepia and figure eights to build up the dirt texture and shape. About 3 layers to bring it to the shade I was looking for. More texture to be added then some shade to get the depth.

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    Thanks @musicmacd This is got to be the longest WIP I've done! :)
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    Comming along nicely , all those different textures looking good.

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    This pic is going to be great. Such a nice subject too.

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    I started this evening prepping the template for when I start Wilson himself. I marked out some detail at the original setting out. I cut the black areas. I'll mark out some of the white areas to be liquid masked prior to painting. Then some painting. I decided I wanted to add some toi toi (a native NS grass similar to pampas grass). There is a ref I took yesterday included in this lot of photo's. Then I decided I needed to pose with the work as well... just to prove it's me...

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    Nice detail! Killer 'stache dude! I think we should have "mustache of the month" but I dont think anyone would dare challenge you:D
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    Thank you very mush. lol... it's normally curled so it is a photo of the rarer relaxed form.
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    Ok so the last couple of days have been Wilson himself. I'm over landscape for a time. Added some base shadows, them using trans browns. I used a template for the dark areas and sprayed shading grey. Then some texture with the fiber brush and some shading using the hard erasers. Added some tongue and teeth! So here we are.

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    More texture, heading towards the final texture layer. Got to about the right depth of colour, added some shading. Added some hairs against the sky as well

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