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  1. Big John 1945

    Big John 1945 Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month!

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    After watching many SBS, I thought that I will throw my hat in the ring and learn to be a better artist through the critique's and suggestions of the artists on this forum. I found a reference of a lion on the internet and took up the challenge of the hair, fur and coloring. I use an Iwata Custom Micron-sb,
    Createx illustration paints, and Blair synthetic airbrush paper. So here we go.

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    I start with the eyes, the soul of the subject and the soul of any portrait. The iris is a mixture of burnt umbre and sepia and then shaded in with black. The fur is also burnt umber, sepia and in some areas
    a little black. Start erasing/blade work paying attention to fur direction.

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    Spray another layer of burnt umber/sepia more erasing. Pay attention to the light source coming from the left and make sure this is taken into account when high-lighting the fur. The short fur on the snout
    is more like dots then trying to make hairs.

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    More of the same. Paint, erase, bladework. Don't worry about the color of the fur, I will change that
    near the end using transparent paints.
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    Started some work on his nose. Started adding background color to make sure my fur contrasts were not too light or dark.

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    More fur,more background and added some out of focus hair around the mouth.Really getting tired of erasing/ bladework but that was the challenge with this portrait.

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    The hair on the top of his head uses a slightly different stroke. Yeah, something new!

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    Finally finished with the hair, time to add some color. I used a highly diluted yellow at the highlites on his right side and his right eye. The transparent is made up using burnt umbre,red violet,yellow and orange. Every time you spray paint it softens the fur and dulls it, so back to erasing/bladework.

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    Finalized the colors and added wiskers and eyebrow hairs using split frisket. Finished Lion! Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks everybody.

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  2. markjthomson

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    Nice SBS and good work
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    Came out fab.
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    WOWZA!! Great job!!
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    Very Nice! If you are looking for critique's, they may be a little thin :), as this is a very nice piece of work you produced.
  6. Big John 1945

    Big John 1945 Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month!

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    Thank you Dave,

    Some times you may see something I didn't. After all that erasing and blade work i'm luck to see anything. lol
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    Big John 1945 Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month!

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    Hey Meeshell,
    Thanks for the compliment. I am in South Carolina but originally from Michigan. Backwoods???
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    Looks fantastic! Great job on big cat.
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    AndreZA Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month!

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    That came out great. Awesome SBS as well. Thanks for taking the time to document it.
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    Fantastic work... Love sbs and the big kitty... Detail is amazing :)
  11. Big John 1945

    Big John 1945 Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month!

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    Thanks to all for your kind words
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    beanpoleuk Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    Very nice work, has a kind of 'painted' look to it :thumbsup::thumbsup:
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    Thanks for sharing, beautiful lion!
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    Big John 1945 Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month!

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    Hey bean,
    You are right, it does have a painted look rather than a photo realistic. I guess that was part of my learning process. I have completed other portraits ,both human and animal, that are more detailed and if I get a chance I will try to do a SBS of those. Always striving for perfection but a long way to go.
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    Big John 1945 Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month!

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    Thank you Micha I really enjoy all your SBS you are a true teacher.
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    Big John 1945 Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month!

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    Airbrush Dreams thanks for the compliment , I also enjoy photos of your work.
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    Big John 1945 Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month!

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    Thank you Micha, your SBS teachings are great.
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    I like the painted look , gives your painting a unique style which you could continue to develop.

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