Today, my hubby took a Sunbird in his lunchbag. Sunbirds and hummingbirds are very similar in size, coloration and feeding habits but are not closely related. Hummingbirds are closely related to swifts while sunbirds are related to crows!
The Doodlewash prompt for today is #PrimaryPalette. I do have blue, yellow and red in this painting, though I admit that I’ve also got iridescent gold, silver and pearl! Those are the iridescent primaries, right? Lol.
Doodlewash prompt: Duck. Did you know that ducklings are born without waterproof feathers? The adults have a gland that produces oil that waterproofs the feathers, and the babies are dependent on the mother’s oil to keep the floating until their own glands develop.
The Doodlewash prompt for today is Brown Sugar. This guy has a lot of brown in his coat and he sure is sweet, so I think he fits!
Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4 & Neptune Round Size 8.
My initial pencil drawing was done freehand. Even though there are many shapes, they are all fairly simple and not overly intertwined, so I didn’t feel the need to use the grid method.
With my trusty Technical pen, I drew the outline and details. I established where the darkest values were, but I didn’t fill in because I want the paint to show in these areas.
Notice that I didn’t use pen on all of the grasses, only the ones up front. The pencil lines are left as guides, but those grasses in back are less important and shouldn’t be given much focus.
My new favorite color to use for initial washes on many animals is Daniel Smith’s Buff Titanium. It is an opaque color, so I avoid using it after the initial wash, but it is just the right color for those creamy undercoats and points.
Light washes of Hansa Yellow Medium and Phthalo Green were used for the grass and Cerulean Blue Chromium for the sky.
Notice that I let the colors run even in the sky area. These are unimportant areas, and in real life they would be out of focus, moving in the wind with indistinct edges, so I don’t worry too much about them.
The Cerulean Blue Chromium is used on the eyes and nose for highlights, and blended with Goethite and Burnt Sienna in the face and body. I use darker mixes than I did for the initial washes, but they are still fairly light.
I wet the areas that I intend to paint, and drop the color, just touching the tip of the brush to the wet, letting them all flow together.
For the grasses, I do the same thing using more Hansa Yellow Medium and Phthalo Green, while adding Goethite. Besides turning the grasses a more natural color, it ties them to the colors in the chipmunk.
Some of the chipmunk’s fur is ticked – each single hair having black, brown and white. I still haven’t found a method for portraying that, that I’m truly happy with. In this case, the ticking isn’t heavy, so I use the white Uniball Signo gel pen in a few places and call it done.
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Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (you can find my review here).