Another swan study! I streamed the process of painting this earlier, to show how I create the water… it’s pretty straightforward, once you have the reflection in, I just use the basic smudge tool to pull it around and warp in, darken it and add a gradient, and then add some reflections in the water.
I just renewed my LA Zoo membership, and I’ll be spending a lot of time doing life drawing and animal photography! If you want to see my zoo drawings, head over to my instagram where I’ll be posting them. I just started a tumblr blog for animal photography right over here! (If the blog link doesnt work its devinellephoto . tumblr . com) Here’s to a year full of learning! I’ll be very focused on ungulates and avians, gotta fill in the gaps in my knowledge lol Cheers guys!
Capturing the subtle colors and luminescence of white plumage has always been quite a challenge for me, and were a real struggle at times when I painted only in acrylics. I can say that art panels can soar quite well if thrown in a similar manner as a Frisbee (canvasses are somewhat less aerodynamic when throwing a fit). Regardless, working in oils has opened up new possibilities for me and I really enjoyed working on this piece. Though it is only really visible in person, I used careful stroke direction and painted mostly directly, and the brush strokes create the impression of physical feathers when seen at an angle. Experienced oil painters may not find this novel, but as someone that is fresh to the medium, it’s very exciting and new for me!