I've really been on a bunny kick lately, seeing that it's spring, Easter is coming and all. I pulled a photo from the WONDERFUL Facebook page called Photos For Artists of this fun jackrabbit. The photo reference was taken by Peter Winshaw.
I thought you might be interested in the process!
1. After I sketched out the bunny, I masked parts of the reflections in the eye with masking fluid. I used a bent paper clip to mask the whiskers and some random hairs here and there. Just use your judgement for balance with the fur masking.
2. Your first wash will be entirely wet on wet! Prep your colors on your palette before wetting your page. I'm using Violet, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Payne's Gray, Opera Rose (in the ears, French Ultramarine Blue, and an Indian Yellow glaze at the end.
3. Working quickly with a number twelve round and switching to a number 8 round, I lay on the first wash of colors loosely. Your pigment to water ratio will determine how much or how little your pigment will move in this wash. You can see that around the ears, I used a heavier pigment for less movement. Experiment with this before you do the wash to get the feel of the look that you are going for.
4. Typically for my second wash, I like to start the details of the eyes. I love eyes since it's the first thing that your viewer will see. I love to make eyes detailed and full of expression, so I take a lot of time with the eyes. I wet the whole eye area and start dropping in Indian Yellow first, followed by Hooker's Green and Payne's Gray. The eye is edged with Burnt Sienna. You can see where I've masked the highlights in the eye.
After I finished the eye, I took off the masking fluid by rubbing my finger on it and I softened the shapes by agitating the page with a brush, water and dabbing it with a tissue.
Make sure your painting is completely dry before removing the masking fluid on the whiskers and hair.
I'd love to hear from you if this has been helpful to you! If you're interested in purchasing the painting, please email me!