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Little bird Pt 3

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  1. markjthomson

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    This is the third time I've done this one. This was painted for a friend. So, up front, 5 x 7 yupo, Sky done in golden high flow, remainder done in Createx Illustration.

    For those who ask about the best brush for detail, the answer is it is less the brush and more the operator. I sprayed this with my 0.38mm eclipse.

    I cut out 6 stencils from my reference image. Three of the bird, one for covering the full image if I needed it, one to cut out the black and the other to cut out the brown. I also had a sky and a rock stencil and a stencil covering everything except the bird.

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    I placed one of the bird stencils and the sky stencil and started on the rock with the CI. I used black and a bit of sepia. Techniques to get the texture included hard erasers, fiber erasers and some stippling with the black.

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    Reverse the stencil and start on the sky. I initially used staring blue. I sprayed it through some fiber batting to get the cloud shapes and used some shading gray for the darker areas.

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    The person who wanted it decided the sky was too blue, they were looking for more a duck egg blue colour. I spayed out some of the clouds with some whit (mixed 6 parts trans reducer to 1 pt white) and then added a touch of trans green to start the colour shift. Little bit here and a little bit there and they were happy with the colour.

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    ON to the main subject, I placed the black stencil on the bird and positioned the eye, going full opacity. Then sprayed the black around the eye and scratched in some detail for context as I worked.

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    I filled in all the black areas and grabbed the brown stencil. I decided I only needed to locate the brown on the head. The rest of it could be done as I went.

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    I had used some sepia on the brown at the head but it was too dark so I erased it back and added the lighter brown. A type of burnt umber colour. It's whatever was supplied in the Dru Blair Eye kit called Flesh!

    I put in the detail of the edge of the feathers using scalpels, fiber erasers and my electric eraser.

    The little dots in the lower picture are the pixels in the reference photo!

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    Then back to the black, using scalpels, dowels and erasers to put in the remainder of the detail, a few colour swaps and that's about it.

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    Well done Mark.
    How do you think it compares to the first one you did and what lessons did each version teach you ?
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    Nice work and good save with the sky colour :)
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    From the first to this one I have learnt I can be good and quick with the stencil, knowing what is useful to stencil, what is good to freehand and then scalpel work. They have all been done on different substrates and I need to do more with clean yupo... :) .

    Then the learning has been what scratching/erasing method works on the substrate. CI erases quite well while the golden not so much so. I really need to do a piece in each to experiment a bit more.
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