A niche market, I know.
But I thought you might like to know how I did it!!
You will need:
- Paint: I used System 3 acrylic paint in the following colours.
Mars Black, Titanium White, Flesh Tint, Buff Titanium,
Velvet Purple, Cadminium Red, Burnt Sienna, Rich Gold, Copper.
- A variety of paintbrushes
- A couple of cocktail sticks (!)
- Masking tape
- Play mat
There is less of a defined way to do this.
But I will talk you through the steps I followed.
- Start with the dark areas first: I created a colour wash of greys and purples over the lemurs head and down his shoulders.
- Pick out areas of dark and light: using a cocktail stick and a repetitive motion. This is great for adding texture and making the lemur really fluffy.
- Block in key areas: First in a plain colour before adding detail.
- Use your cocktail stick to add detail and fine lines: Using copper paint in the eyes, and don’t forget to add a little white glint to bring them to life.
- Start capturing areas of shadow and light: Use your white paint to create fluffy legs and texture, scratch into the paint to create individual hairs.
- Continue to add detail: Using greys, purples, whites, flesh colours, capture areas of light and dark, build up layers to make it look more cuddly and fluffy .
- start on the tummy: The tummy looks softer and smoother, so put down the cocktail stick, building up layers with your paintbrush instead.
- The feet: Block in the main shape in a pale colour before being tempted to add detail. I found the feet really difficult to do to make them look three dimensional and realistic.
- Finish off the hand detail: Again, using your cocktail stick, draw on individual hairs on the feet, using greys and purples.
- Don’t be afraid to redo bits: I ended up repainting in the whole log, using more shading and toning to make it really stick out from the page. I then painted in the tail using black white and purple.
- Add texture and dimension to the tail: I felt the tail looked a bit flat so I added shades of blue and a lot more texture into it. VOILA!!
So, after 2 weeks of painting and preparing every day after work…
Mounting up to about 30 hours…
It is finished!!
I give it to the girl at work next Monday when she is back from holiday and I am really excited.
Stay tuned for reactions!!