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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 Tiger

Came across this Tiger photo on the web, it's great. I'll love trying to pain him.

My plan in this demo is to capture as much of the process I go through, hoping to help anyone interested in my style of painting.

 

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Wise old Tiger

Using a thin wash of brown on a dried pre-primed canvas I quickly put some simple lines together, these lines gives me a easy outline of the image I need. You can see the head ears eye-line chin and body. With plenty of drawing practise behind me a quick sketch is quite easy to do.

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Wise old Tiger

Here I quickly add some detail to the face. getting the eye correct is important. without second guessing my first judgment I get the eye approximately right.

 

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Wise old Tiger

Using the eye as a reference point to work from, I work out the tigers markings and quickly paint them in. I'm always looking at the photo and back at the canvas while my hand is painting in the detail. In my mind, I'm saying things like "that mark is shaded like a wonky P and is just half inch from the eye and 5 inches away from the right ear" using two or three reference points helps to get the detail close enough or  just right for image to resemble a tiger .

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Here you can see how rough the sketch is, everything is approximately in the right place. Sketching out a tiger or anything like that can be approximate, but when doing a portrait of somebody you must be more accurate to capture their likeness. Painting pets need to be close to accurate.

 

 

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Wise old Tiger

I continue to sketch the rest of the tiger getting most of the detailed markings in place.

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Adding the background helps define the tigers outline. its starting to look a bit better but messy.

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I finish filling in the background. Now I use a red/orange colour and fill the gaps between the stripes. You could do the red first and then the detailed stripes later. But I wanted to capture the Tigers pattern first.

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I continue the red/orange leaving the other areas for the white and grey tones.

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Wise old Tiger

I add the white/grey tones and put in the black background. I'm enjoying this bit of the painting process its quick and simple.

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With the same black I go over the stripes. Now he's looking more like a tiger.

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Just Quickly finishing off the stripe detail. Using acrylics means the painting will be dry in 10 minutes. ready then for the oil paints next.

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Wise old Tiger

Now I start to use oil paints. Firstly  I coat the canvas with a liquid clear  glaze  (a mix of liquin & Refined linseed oil, about 50/50) using a dry brush I take most of the wet glaze off the canvas, now I have a slippery surface for my brush work. Using cadmium orange, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, raw umber and black I shade in all the orange areas first. Adding some white to the mix I shade in the white fur.

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Now I mix a dark shade for all the stripes markings, here and there I indicate some dark fur detail. He is looking fine so far.

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I'm working on  the top of the image and both side of the face, indicating the flow of the fur and shadows. I leave the painting to dry for a few days.

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I coat the canvas with a liquid clear  glaze again (a mix of liquin & Refined linseed oil, about 50/50) using a dry brush I take most of the wet glaze off the canvas, now I have that slippery surface to work on. Using two liner brushes, one for lights tones and one for dark tones I spend hours doing the fur detail all over the image. I capture his eyes, now I'll leave him dry for a few more days.

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Wise old Tiger

After a few days drying I glaze some areas I'm going to work on and add some interesting colours here and there. Some hints of yellow, greens and a touch of blue in the shadows.

This Wise Old Tiger is finished hope you enjoyed the demo.

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