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post #11 of 53 Old 08-16-2013, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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next up? a deer.

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We did leaves and doors last week and this week it's a deer. Here's my start. I don't have the ref. Photo but it's a large buck mule deer looking straight on at the camera and a very dark background. Not sure how I will do the background, yet.
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post #12 of 53 Old 08-18-2013, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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here is the photo of the deer I worked from and the next stages and the end painting.

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Ohhh look at that background! And those antlers! I love it! I'm too impatient for watercolor. I never wait long enough for it to dry and then all my colors run together. Also my paper warps and causes pools of paint that screw it all up.

I just avoid watercolors.
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You're doing really well with watercolour for someone who I see usually doing things in great detail. If you're doing this good to start out then you're going to be pretty amazing at it as you get used to what you can do with them
I've never got on really well with watercolours - I prefer acrylics and also use some fast drying enamel oil based paints made by Humbrol as they're great for dry brushing when shading areas (better than acrylics which dry too quickly) but dry way faster than normal oils
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I am normally a very undisciplined person when it comes to artwork and I like to work fast, too. But, this class has been really good for me to learn to take some time and try to do it "right".
A hairdryer is essential in watercolors to make the paper dry before doing the next layer. I tend to do a lot of layers, but this is a way of kind of "cheating", so I must learn to be braver with the paint and learn to do it with fewer layers.

The background I painted , in detail, the branches first then painted AROUND each branch in darker brown, then darkened the whole thing by doing successive washes over the whole background, painting around the deer.
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you are very talented!
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0.0 I wish I could do that.. amazing work Tiny!

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my second class has started. Here's the first assignment.

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Wow that's really lovely - I thought your first one was good but you are improving on that by a massive amount in this one. Its way better than stuff I've seen with quite hefty price tags on in little art galleries and craft fairs around here
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Tiny, that swan is amazing!! Absolutely gorgeous!
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