Sawsan's Elephant Project – Building the beast

Ok, so there are a few steps added this time. I got zealous and just worked on it, before taking step pictures. The first thing you might notice since the last photo, is the gradual homogenization of the background. Like the photo, I wanted it to look like a cloudy, foggy, moody thing. There have … Continue reading Sawsan's Elephant Project – Building the beast

Sawsan's Elephant Project – Pulling the animal out

I now started adding watered down black to show shadows and round out the contours. The effect often pulls forth greater contrasts in the whites previously applied. This is where the self-doubt can take hold and drive me into fits of overthinking. I know what's coming next so i keep pushing on and my excitement … Continue reading Sawsan's Elephant Project – Pulling the animal out

Sawsan's Elephant Project – The fun begins

Now I'm attacking the contrast and contours, the background, and foreground all at once... I forget how much this can be fun and how much it tries my patience when working in acrylics. I don't blend on the canvas in the same way I can in oils. I have to layer. It's a long and … Continue reading Sawsan's Elephant Project – The fun begins

Sawsan's Elephant Project – Adding Contrast

I didn't mention it last post, but I've moved the easel to better lighting to work under. In this picture you might be able to notice that I started adding movement behind the elephant. This is how i feel the contrast builds. I used different whites with a dry brush technique. More to come...

Sawsan's Elephant Project – A little texturing

Sorry that it might be hard to see in this image, but I added a dry brushing of whites to start the long process ahead. I also widened the head and ears a little more to balance it with the body. The body on the right side was thinned out a little too. More to … Continue reading Sawsan's Elephant Project – A little texturing

Sawsan's Elephant Project – A Touch Of Grey

I filled in the grey of the skin and stood back. Some parts still seem off and I think I know what needs to do next... after I let it dry... More to come...

Sawsan's Elephant Project – Primary Colours

I seem to always have some urge to paint the backgrounds in obvious colours. I knew the end result wouldn't show much, if any at all of these colours, but I needed to know they were there. I also modified the shape of the face, as it seemed a little cartoonishly thin. More to come...

Sawsan's Elephant Project – Bolder Outlines

In my mind's eye, I can see where the light and dark will hit. I would have continued onto the next step, but remembered I promissed to take a picture first. The paint will dry fast, but it still gives me enough time to consider changes. More to come...

Sawsan's Elephant Project – Starts

Previous Notes on Sawsan's Elephant This is the rough drawn outline. No erasing, no fussing. The expresion right from my instinct. I know it isn't the end result and so i have no emotional tie to it, other than knowing the feeling is there. More to come...

Sawsan's Elephant Project

Last summer I started to redesign Sawsan's office into a more comfortable space. I got some information from her as to some of the things she'd love to see there. What I got from the suggestions was she wanted to have a calm place all her own... her own Zen Den. Suddenly, pieces of furniture … Continue reading Sawsan's Elephant Project