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Squirel Step by Step

Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by beanpoleuk, Feb 21, 2014.


  1. beanpoleuk

    beanpoleuk Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    My daughter likes squirrels so thought I would have a go...

    This is A3 on Bristol Board, I am using ETAC efx paint.

    I want this to be a red squirrel as you don't see many in the UK nowadays so decided to use transparent paints and mix the colours on the paper, (oh dear sounds like a recipe for disaster..).

    Because I am not confident with colour, I am only doing a small part of the overall squirrel at a time so if I mess up not too much to repair, each layer is done with the eraser apart from any dark area's or out of focus area's where I then use the eraser pencil.

    SO after initial mapping out and erasing the first layer I applied a wash of Golden Ochre , then a light wash of Red and finally a very light wash of burnt umbra, as you can tell , flying by the seat of my pants in the hope of getting the correct colour/shade.

    Shadow areas are done with burnt Umbra.

    Seems to be coming along okay, so I will continue on with the next section, the final step will be to go over the whole picture with highlights done with a very sharp eraser tip as I just cant seem to get the hang of an Exacto Knife for scrapping highlights..

    squirrel_1.jpg

    Still experimenting and carried on layering the transparent colours, and erasing, except for the tufty ears where I used fine dagger stokes for the hair.
    squirrel_2.jpg
    Actually looks a lot better in real life, just cant seem to get a good high resolution picture with my camera phone ..

    Nearly there now , added detail around the mouth, did the eye and paws, just the rest of his shoulder and back to do now. The back is slightly out of focus so I will only be using the eraser pencil. Then just a case of highlights touching up , shadows etc.

    squirrel_3.jpg

    Again just carried on with layers of erasing and small dagger strokes, still need to refine my method but the overall effect seems to be okay better fur than I have achieved in the past.

    squirrel_4.jpg

    This is A3 on Bristol board using my Krome 0.2 setup and ETAC EFX paint.

    Thanks for looking
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  2. airbrushtutor

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    Whoa this is awesome Beanpole - it's the first time i've seen a squirrel airbrushed and a cracker job you've done!:thumbsup:
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    Outstanding!
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  4. Madbrush

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    Damn tootin Mr bean, I'm seeing more and more this idea of building up small areas at a time and not only can I understand how this would help an artist with precision, but I am going to have to adopt the same approach, I have a tendency to get lost by trying to do too much at once.

    And that squirrel is nuts in a cute way:thumbsup:
  5. kjukju

    kjukju pretty old tutorling Elite Member!

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    Absolutly great!!! refining your method would need a camera...
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    Top notch beanpole
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  7. beanpoleuk

    beanpoleuk Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    Thanks MB, doing small area's at a time is something I first saw with Dutch Airbrush's Step by Steps I found it to be a great technique for me , and also means less of an area to correct if I stuff it up :).

    There is a lot of Dutch Airbrush's teachings in this piece of work, the method of erasing fur, changing a reference to suit what I wanted to paint, doing a small area at a time and mixing transparent's on the paper.

    Thanks haasje..
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    Bean, you rocked it!
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    jagardn Airbrush Acquisition Disorder Patient Elite Member!

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    Awesome work man! Looks great!
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    Wow it looks so real . Great job :thumbsup:
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    You did a great job on a rare squirrel now days. Havent seen one of them for years.. Really nice fur mate.

    Lee
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    Damn nice job
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    I love this work , pretty awesome , I'm glad you did a tutorial , Thanks a lot
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    SQUIRREL!!! BARK BARK!
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    it looks so real like a photo . Great job you naled it!
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    Wow. Very well done.
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    very nice squirrel!

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