Recently I went to see the new Pirates of the Carribean movie with my sister. Johnny Depp makes me laugh! I guess that jogged my memory of a cool photo Tracey sent me when she was in California last year. I believe she said she thought I might like the challenge. This was a guy who ran a booth at a festival that sold dog wear, leashes and bandanas and such. …and, yes, Tracey, challenging it was.
I revisited hot press paper again as I am trying to get the feel of painting on this surface.
Below are some steps in my process for those of you who like to see that. No special techniques other than the use of some frisket in a few places.
I prepared a line drawing, first. I used that cross hair acrylic grid that I spoke of in a previous post here. This helped me visualise the placement of the two figures and their shapes.
I started the painting with the blue cap and the blanket on the dog. I think I did this to get a sense of the values I needed. I usually do not begin with darks. Next, I worked on the dog because I knew I wanted him to dominate the scene and the guy just back him up.
I wet the entire surface of the background and ran two of the colors I had used in the portrait from top to bottom by applying the pigment onto the wet surface at the top of the paper and tilting it so it would run down the page. If any of the pigment ran onto the figures, I dabbed them off with a paper towel. I painted in the bandana, guy’s hair, and removed the frisket around the dog’s glasses, bandana, tip of nose and guy’s hair.
I finished the painting by softening and defining the areas that had frisket applied. I also had to work with adding some darks to the man’s skin tones.