I haven't blogged here for a bit b/c I've been blogging for Craftsy for a while, but I'm back now!
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.
After letting the first wash completely dry (use a hairdryer if you're impatient like I am), you're ready for the second wash.
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.
Here's a closer look at the first wash on the eye for you.
I worked on the eye quite a bit before started on a wet-on-dry wash for the fur and other details. Using a smaller 6 or 8 round, I painted little bits of fur, softening the edges with water. I don't want for there to be a ton of detail in the fur, but just enough to give the bunny a look of furriness. I'm not going for realism here.
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.
In the photo below, you can see the few places that I masked the fur. I didn't do a whole lot, just enough to outline a few places in the lower abdomen.
For the rest of the bunny, I simply darkened spots here and there as needed with the browns, blues and purples. After the painting is completely dry, I glazed a bit of Indian Yellow over spots to warm him up a bit.
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!
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