Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 12

In episode 12 of the sheep painting video, more detail is added to the lamb this time using warmer colours including orangey browns and ochres. These warmer hues, as well as being appropriate colours for the lamb, also help to create the illusion that the lamb is closer to us than the two adult sheep that are predominantly described with cooler shades.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 11

In episode 11 of the sheep and lamb painting demo I add some highlights to the foreground sheep. A good tip when painting highlights is to include a range of colours. Here, for example, I use pure titanium white, a mix of white and blue and some golden orange where appropriate. The marks are made in a shape and direction to reflect the texture of the wool of the sheep.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 10

In episode 10 of the lamb painting demonstration the foreground sheep gets its belly expanded with some deep shadows. Then, an over-layer of purple shadow is added to the sheep. Working in layers in this way allows some of the multi-coloured first application of paint to show through the more uniform layers that follow creating interesting subtle effects. At the end of the video, the sheep finally gets a second ear! :-)

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 9

In episode 9 of the sheep and lamb painting demo, I redefine the background trees and add some light, mid and dark tones to the background sheep. The detail on both trees and the background animal are kept to a minimum to help create the illusion that these three are further away from the viewer than the foreground sheep and lamb (both of which will be painted in more detail eventually).

Friday, 18 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 8

Episode 8 of the sheep and lamb painting. My painting is very much an iterative process. I make some marks, lines and or shapes, as a first approximation to the image I want, then I adjust these to improve the image, adjust again, and so on until I'm happy. This little video is a good example of this. Having spotted some areas that need adjustment, I re-draw the lines describing the foreground sheep and lamb.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 7

In episode 7 of the sheep painting video we follow on the introduction of the darker shades by picking out the areas on the foreground sheep and lamb that are really catching the light. Rather than use pure titanium white everywhere there is a highlight, it's a good idea to introduce a hint of other colours, in this case blue, to the brightest regions.

Sheep painting video part 6

Epsiode 6 of the sheep and lamb acrylic painting and here I add some purple blue shadow areas to the two animals in the foreground. This colour is chosen to give a sense of harmony and flow with the similar colours used in the sky.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 5

In episode 5 of the sheep and lamb painting demo I take inspiration from the view out of the window to depict a colourful sky full of purple and deep blue clouds. The useful trick of including a dab of white on the edge of your brush to get interesting effects is also demonstrated here.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 4


In this episode of the sheep painting I block in the grass using not just green but a range of colours. The paint is applied with a very frayed decorators brush that I find is a very useful tool both to cover large areas quickly and achieve various effects.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 3

In part 3 of the sheep and lamb painting demonstration I block in the sky with a mix of cerulean blue, titanium white and a touch of burnt umber. Next, I use some pure yellow ochre to block in the animals, applying this in a thin coat to allow the burnt umber line and shading work, that I did in previous episodes, to show through

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 2

In part 2 of this sheep painting video, I continue to use the Liquitex acrylic paint marker (burnt umber) to introduce some hills and trees to the background Devon landscape. Then, I begin to add a sense of light and dark to the painting by defining the shadow regions on the sheep and lamb.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Sheep painting video part 1

Sheep painting part 1: Starting with an acrylic paint marker, I begin this painting by establishing the outline of two sheep and a lamb. Just keeping things loose and simple at this stage.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Liquitex Professional Paint Marker Review

I've recently started using Liquitex Professional Paint markers in my work. These marker pens, that are filled with acrylic paint rather than ink, are surprisingly expressive as they provide a wide variety of mark and line. They are also really useful for painting on location. I've used them to create drawings and also begin paintings. In the video below I go through the type of marks you can make, chat about some of my recent work using these pens and then do a quick cow sketch to show them in action.