Monday, 4 April 2011

Male Lion

Acrylic and Pastel Pencil on Spectrum Colourfix Paper.

This painting was very rewarding indeed - my students loved doing it. The paper surface feels like fine sandpaper which allows the pastel to adhere to it. We started by doing a basic line drawing of the lion in pastel pencil, followed by an acrylic wash layer. This acrylic layer results in a strong mid tone image which cries out for highlights. This is the correct way to go about it as these important mid tones form the substance which supports the fresh pastel shades. A bit off putting if you have not done it before. The idea is to leave some of the background layers to 'poke' through which also prevents the pastels from getting too heavy. It is a tester for the artist but worth giving it a go.

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