|The starting point|
Before he came to us he had transferred an image from one of his drawings using carbon paper. He also had a couple of photos for reference.
|A reference photo|
He began by applying Mars Black to dark areas and gradually built up a tonal under-painting. The black is pervasive enough to still shows through colour applied over the top, especially in the initial colour layers that are more translucent than the heavier paint applied as detail is added.
For feather and fur he usually works with round synthetic watercolour brushes which he buys from Rosemary & Co. Most of the demonstration was done with a number 8 round. He finds that stay-wet palettes tend to dilute the paint so prefers to work with a tear-off dry palette and a wide range of pigments. The use of greys in the mix tends to unify the painting.
For more about Chris visit his website www.chrisjonesart.com
|Black used for under-painting|
|With greys added to complete tonal image|
|Colour can stray beyond the edges at this stage|
|Adding colour to the straw|
|The distant background begins to appear|
|Adding more detail to the head|
|Bright iridescent colour created|
using sharply contrasting tones
|Beginning to indicate more detail for the straw.|
Had to stop at this point, time was up.
Still more detail needed on the bird, e.g. the wing