Monday, February 07, 2011

WIP - Wolf

I recently started this wolf pastel painting, based on a photograph from Jason Morgan (used with permission). By the recommendation in a book a have by Lesley Harrison, I am trying out velour paper. This one is light gray and approximately 21"x27". I was unsure of the paper at first. I used up nearly half of a half-stick of pastel just filling in the dark area at the top. However, when I started the fur, I was pleasantly surprised. The softness of the paper lends itself very well to soft fur. I'm also using Lesley's descriptions on how to do underpainting, which I have little experience with. It is odd seeing a blue and purple wolf turn out to have nice browns and blacks. Also, the pastel covers the soft paper quickly, so even though this is a large paper, I don't think it will take very long to finish.


den mother said...

He is going to be beautiful! I can't wait to see him when he is done.

Heather Ward said...

Thank you! I'm making very quick progress on this one so you won't have to wait long.