Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Owl - Step 3 - Underpainting

It's always the scariest moment yet also the most exciting.

Adding paint to a carefully drawn illustration.

Infusing the image with color--a pulse--but not being able to go back once you begin.

The pinks, purples, and blues are "loud" but I always lay in the most intense colors first then dull them down as needed (part of my "un-training" from art college).

Think of it as a blueprint for the rest of the colors to build upon.

The next step will be to block in the shadows and enhance the owl's coat.

Little by little it's getting there!


Cat said...

Eeeee! I can't wait!

naturgesetz said...

It's always interesting to see the progress. Before I found your blog and saw how these things go — it may have been "Blue and Gold," the painting of pears on a patterned fabric, which I bought — I would have imagined that all the colors were put down in one "take."

Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Michelle said...

Dean, this is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the process with us. :)

A Wandering Pom said...

Hi there, Dean

It's been a long while since I commented - I'm sorry.

It's great to see you working on your art again. I do actually like the owl just as it is - almost a silhouette, but in those rich colours, and with the eyes looking out so clearly. I'm looking forward to see how it develops!

Take care


stanw said...

Dean, that is awesome, thanks also for the tips you are passing along at the same time. Will be looking forward to step 4 :) Carry on young man!

Dean Grey said...


Very soon...I hope!



Interesting that you assumed it's all finished in one sitting.

No, a painting is typically done in stages, regardless of the medium.

The artist would need time away from the piece and adjust accordingly along the way. At least that's how I do it!



You're quite welcome, girl!


A Wandering Pom!

Glad to see you back here, Mark!



I shall carry on, sir!


Everyone's kind words are greatly appreciated!