Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Cat Portrait: Minnie WIP 2


A few hours more work done on Minnie today.  I have now laid down the initial colours for the whole image.  It's always good to get to this point because now I feel that the 'donkey work' of putting in the main shapes and tonal areas is largely done.  I can now see the whole 'picture' and start to enrich the colours, adjust values and generally refine things where necessary.  The left hand side of the cat, for example, needs to go quite a bit darker.

This initial process takes a lot of concentration because I'm trying to establish the cat's markings, correct tonal values, anatomical accuracy and colour harmony all at the same time.  Quite tricky but I'm pleased with progress so far.  I'm running low on some of my pencils so I've ordered some more - why do I leave these things until the last minute?  Bad planning!

6 comments:

Carolina said...

Wow, Janet, it's looking so great already. I have to agree with someone's comment on the previous post about the lighting, wow, it's breathtaking. You're ending up with a masterpiece, you know. Hope to see it finished soon, I feel like a kid waiting for candy...
Un gran abrazo para ti :)
Carolina

alison staite said...

Wow! It does look great and yes the sense of light is wonderful. I am going to be really interested to see how much further you decide to take it. If i am being honest i hope you don't add a lot lot more as i love it's current delicacy! :o)

Pauline said...

I love it as it is Janet, I thought it was finished, very painterly. I agree with Alison don't do too much more...easier said then done I know!

Janet Pantry said...

Muchas Gracias, Carolina, para suyos complimentos! (Hope you can understand my very rusty Spanish!!)

Thanks Alison and Pauline, I know what you mean and yes, I'm going to just darken that left side.... and a few more little tweaks ;)

Paula Pertile said...

I'm at the "donkey stage" with my current piece - I love that phrase! thanks
Minnie is looking really good so far ...

padmaja said...

I loved Minnie a lot! You got everything about her so perfectly well, the fur, the glint in those eyes.. the whiskers everything amounts to near perfection!

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