Ha! I sure showed me.
So I thought ya’ll might be getting just a little tired of looking at the lions and since my folder says I have ten articles in draft I thought I’d select something that was about something other than my wip lion painting.
Me: Oh look there’s one on selling art. I open it. Completely empty other than the title. Hm.
Me: Okay so here’s one on Packing & Shipping Art. Excellent! Yup empty also. It turns out I have a folder full of “ideas” on articles not “actual” articles. (sigh)
Why this is … I don’t remember. I mean it’s not my usual way of doing stuff you know. I can only assume knowing that with old age my memory begins to slip and so I thought I’d play a practical joke on myself.
Boy we sure fooled us. Good one me.
So now I’m forced to create something with a lion painting wip as part of it because I’m totally too lazy to create an article from scratch on selling artwork today. Since it’s been forever since I did any This is how I do stuff posts I thought I’d go that way.
Note: This piece is done on suede (the shiny area is covered with frisket film) and with the exception of the eye, has been done completely dry. Kinda makes you wonder why I bother to use watercolor pencils at all huh? Well … I like to keep my options open.
The Rule of 3
To create the various shades of lion hair I’m using 8 different colors (more or less) In general I use a minimum of 3 colors for any given area. Pretty simple concept. I chose at least one each of the light, medium and dark colors.
So for the lightest fur I have a Caran d’Ache Cream & Orangish Yellow and Faber Castell Gold Ochre.
Medium Fur: Faber Castell Gold Ochre.& Raw Umber Plus Derwent Rexel Sepia
And for the Darkest: I use Inktense Dark Chocolate & a warmer chocolate but the actual pencil name has been worn off and the Derwent Sepia
So as I slip from lighter to darker areas I work down my hue intensity colors.
Note: No white or black has been used in the fur area
I think the biggest mistake newbies make when trying to create believable hair is to use too few colors. You need more than just highlight and shadow. Most animal and human hair is a myriad of colors and the trick is finding the right grouping while avoiding creating mud.
A wiser person than I would probably try a little something out on a scrap piece (in order to avoid creating mud) before committing it to the final work. But I think as we’ve already established with my empty draft folder articles, wisdom is not always my forte’.
I thought perhaps I should throw in that the Rule Of 3 is something that I just made up. And honestly it’s more like a guideline than a rule. But it is how I create hair and most anything that I want a degree of realistic reflective light.
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