Today I am sharing a new project that's different from what you will have seen from me previously, I am trying to expand my skills and step out of my comfort zone.
I love nature and all it has to offer and in particular I love Elephants. Even though they are so big and grey in colour there is something so majestic about them, so I thought I'd try to paint one using brusho.
As I'm very new to painting I decided to take some advice from a very talented lady and started with tracing out an image to give me a base to work with.
I sketched out the image on to some watercolour card using some tracedown and then used a water soluble pen to go over the outline, as this bleeds adding shade when wet. I then added some masking fluid to the tusk and eye areas to protect them. I also added some wax resist along he trunk and outer ears.
I started working on the trunk first using a wet in wet technique, I used grey and sandstone and used the bamboo pen to add some black to give definition in places. I used the same method for the body and ears.
For the foreground I flooded the area with water and then bled in some sandstone, while this was still wet I sprinkled in some Yellow Ochre and Moss green, I allowed this to dry before adding a very weak wash of Sandstone to the tusks.
Once everything was dry I used a 3B pencil to gently rub over the body of the Elephant, the lead really highlights the tooth of the paper and adds texture to the skin.
I learnt a few lessons whilst making this project and hit a few bumps in the road but what I've come away with is something I really like.
I'd love to know what you think of my Elephant as all feedback is appreciated.