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Kingfisher SBS

Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by beanpoleuk, Mar 25, 2015.


  1. beanpoleuk

    beanpoleuk Love this place! Artist of the Month! Forum Supporter Very Likeable!

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    As I took a few progress pictures , here is a SBS which will hopefully be useful :)

    First here is the finished painting.

    Size is A4
    Gesso primed MDF(3mm)
    Badger Krome AB
    ETAC efx transparent paints.
    Kingfisher_done.jpg

    Stage 1.

    Once the background was completed , sorry no pictures but I simply used short bursts of colour at varying distances along with a large rubber eraser to get the blurry effect, down at the water level a few horizontal strokes to simulate water surface. I started on the water firstly mapping out with paynes grey .

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    Stage 2

    Next I went on with pencil eraser for the front out of focus areas and the electric eraser and fibre pen for the 'middle' area, and again the pencil eraser for the out of focus water in the background. I would also do a few bubbles or splashes of water in the air every now and then as they are all over the painting and it would get boring doing them all at once :) you can see I have done a few already, for these bubbles I simply scratch out the shape with the scalpel, soften with a 2mm eraser and then apply a bit of shading with paynes grey . (very tedious).
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    Stage 3.
    With the highlights established I then dusted with Phthalocyanine Blue to represent blue reflections in the water from the kingfisher.
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    Stage 4.

    Now I touched up the dark areas in the water and adjusted any highlights.
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    I carried on using the steps above for the rest of the water.

    So just to recap , in this picture below the red line is the out of focus water at the front of the painting where I only used the pencil eraser, the area below the blue line is where I used the electric eraser and the fibre pen, below the yellow line is where I used the pencil eraser again for the out of focus water in the background. Although fiddly this need to be done correctly to establish a sense of 'depth' the painting.

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    Step 5.

    Now time to move onto the head, (also note I had again already created a few more bubbles and splashes of water in the meantime). Again I am using paynes grey to initially map out the area I will work on, why you my ask ? well after a test it was apparent paynes grey serves as a nice base for the Phthalocyanine Blue I will be using as the main colour for any blue area's. A combination of paynes grey and the Phthalocyanine Blue gives me quite a wide range of blue tones depending on how much I build up the layers.
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    Step 6.

    One again in with the eraser, this time just the fibre pen.
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    Step 7.

    Now apply colour (Phthalocyanine Blue)

    stage_8.jpg

    Step 8

    Now repeat for the main body , i,e mao out with paynes grey and then eraser, then apply colour.

    stage_9.jpg

    Continued in next post..
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    stage_10.jpg

    stage_11.jpg

    I really wanted to capture the brilliant shades of blue I could see in the reference, and by layers of Phthalocyanine Blue , and light erasing, then dusted with paynes grey for darker areas I could get very very close to the reference.

    I also tent to use 'sticky notes' for quick and simple shields cos I am to tight to buy friskit and cant get the backing off :)

    stage_12.jpg

    I applied the same process for the wings which also have a touch of violet in the open area's of the feathers. I also noticed in the reference the wings are very slightly out of focus (he must have been flapping really fast!), so all the wing feather were done free hand, outherwise with shields or masks the edges would be too sharp, particularly towards the tips.
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    The final stage after the wings was to fill in the rest of the bubbles or splashes of water, as some are over the wings and body, very few of the bubbles were actually round so again I did these freehand, or used the end of the pencil eraser for the small indistinct ones.
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    Brilliant as usual and very informative steps, love the water drops and water adding the movement to the pic:thumbsup:

    I'm lucky enough to live near a river and get to see them occasionally, the colour is spot on. Even the fish still looks alive with it bending up rather than down.
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  4. Madbrush

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    Well done again Mr. Bean, I forgot to say just how stunning that water is, I bet that little duck pushed you into this one;):)
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    beanpoleuk Love this place! Artist of the Month! Forum Supporter Very Likeable!

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    Got it in one, yep the water from the duck gave me the confidence to try this :)
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  6. Madbrush

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    Now you have to go back and do the water flame zippo challenge ;)

    I reckon you rock that now:thumbsup:
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    Damn nice work again. How long you been doing this @beanpoleuk That is brilliant!
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    Awesome work, Beanpoleuk!
    The water drops are just magic!
    Love it.:love::thumbsup:
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    Thanks, clocked up just over a couple of years now everything learnt from this forum :)
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    Simply awesome Bean. Thanks for taking the time to show us noobs these tips and tricks. You rock my friend!!!!! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  11. Mr.Micron

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    outstanding SBS Killer painting
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    crazy awesome.....:thumbsup:
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    Amazing result !!!! , great SBS , thanks a lot !!
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    Great stuff, thank you. And there goes another POM to Mr. Bean.
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    Thank you so much! This is a great guide!
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    Thank you it is very informativ guide and accurate work! I would kill myself only with a water splashes and focuses!!!!!! The theme of kingfisher floating pretty long in my head. I've seen it sometime while fishing- nice and fantastic speedy blue bird. To catch it with a cam-you need an Uzi-photocam :) or faster. Thanks for your nice story.
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    Thanks for that, will go through it in detail a little later today!
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    Looks killer! Thanks for the SBS learned a lot with it!
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  19. the detail and colors are amazing thanks for the sbs
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    That was the last thing i was working on pre injury... I was this far along on a 5x7. 0616142130.jpg

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