Under A Watchful Eye
Run Time: 9Hr 14 Min
Video Size: 1920 x 1080 Full HD
This painting was inspired by an interaction I had with a very large bull in Yellowstone Park. I spent the better part of an hour sketching and photographing this heavy hitter before he became annoyed with my presence. Although I was a good 50-60 feet away this large fella raised up from this laying position and turned his head to a 3/4 profile and give me the 'evil eye' and express his displeasure with me. At that point I felt moving on was the best idea!
In this tutorial we will learn to use our acrylic paints and simple tricks to create long, short, dark and light fur textures. We will learn how to use warm and cool contrast, dark and light contrast and value changes to create depth and texture in fur. We will also learn how to use a sponge to paint misted backgrounds to create depth and mood. This tutorial also shows how to paint ivory and get that rugged, battle beaten look to horns. I will also demo the use of airbraush as an alternative to sponging the misted ares.
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Board Size: 10 1/2 x 12 Inches
Lesson Aids: Line Drawing, Colour Template, Materials List, Reference Photo.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.1
After setting up our main base colours we block in the main structure of the buffalo.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.2
In this part we continue to block in the horn and then start to break up the head to form shape and form.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.3
In this part we break up the head and start to create detail in the fur and muzzle. We then refine the local colour in the main body.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.4
In this part we learn how to create the long 'stringy' fur of the buffaloes back.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.5
In this part we learn to paint 'long' hair on the lower leg. We then start to detail the head and learn to paint 'frizzy' hair.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.6
In this part we learn to paint the nose of the buffalo and start to detail the thick fur of the buffalo's cheek.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.7
In this part we apply extensive detail to the cheek fur and muzzle area.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.8
In this part we finish off detail in the cheek area and then detail the horn.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.9
In this part of the tutorial we learn how to paint the 'short' fur around the ribs and belly.
Under A Watchful Eye Pt.10
In this final part we learn how to mist the background and then add in grass details. We finish up by softening areas of our painting.