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 Wise Old Lion Demo,

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I love painting in oils. Watercolours are great too, they need more careful control. Acrylics I'm still learning and enjoying the different tactics and styles, Acrylics works similar to oils when used thick and watercolour when thin, so you have the best of both mediums.

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Wise Old Lion

This photo shows a wise older Lion, I hope to capture this look but would like to bring his head down slightly.

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I'm use acrylic paint, burnt umber here to do a rough sketch. I'm happy with the position of the sketch on the canvas. He's looking straight out at us which is good. Acrylics dry quick, so after 10 minutes its ready for more painting.

 

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Still using acrylics I start putting in some white to help me capture the sun light on his main. Some red and dark brown to his hairy mane then I add the green background. It's hard to feel weather I'm going in the right direction with this work but I'm close enough to keep trying.

 

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 I  use the oils now. To help get back on track I do the rough detail to the dark foliage of the back ground This needs to dry so I can do the white sun shine on the fur of the mane. Still not feeling quite right.

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To show minor detail, I have only detailed a bit of the his right eye area. Just this detail alone give him some character.

 

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Working still on the face, nose and the chin's white areas, blending some grey tones for the under shadows of the chin's fur (you'll see why later). I'm feeling good with this painting.

 

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I'm just loving this image, painting him has been joyful. Here I work on detail to his long fur at the bottom of the canvas and his left ear. A few more stages to good and he'll be finished.

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The painting is fully dry. I glaze the hole area with liquid clear glaze and dry brush most of the glaze off. Now I have a semi slippery surface to work on with my fine brush. First I add dark glaze to the shadow areas and then detail some of the fur. Now I work on the eyes snout nose and cheeks details. I redo some of the foliage in the background. Notice I added a hint of green under the chin, this give a bit of interest to the image.

 

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I keep adding fur detail to the chin and his left side. I put more white fur to the top of his mane. He's looking good.

 

 

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Now I start the detail to the face area, snout and eyes, notice one eye raised a bit and one lowered, this give him the wise look. The painting is finish, bar from the whisker and some slight highlights, which I'll do when dry. I'll clear glaze the area of the whisker so my liner brush will flow easy to make fine line whiskers. What a joy the study of this painting has been. Try it and have fun.

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Wise Old Lion

Now its dry I've clear glaze the areas I'm working on. The top and side of the mane I coat the white areas with a touch of yellow. Now the whiskers. Job well done. 

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