|Black & White Leggings|
Watercolour 60cm x 40cm
My process this time:
No masking fluid
1. Draw outline of leg shapes ( not the stripes) to required size on cartridge paper so it can be used again, I have in mind to use this image again. Transfer to 425gsm Saunders Waterford Paper
2.Wet entire background and add colours Quin Gold, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna,FU Blue and some texture tools ie. Clingfilm, wax paper and gauze. Let Dry, remove papers and gauze
3. Next I did the tail with some of the colours grayed down and also some strokes with watercolour pencils
4. I mixed up and small pot of very dense black using Alizarin Crimson, Viridian, Paynes Gray and a touch of Phthalo Blue. I painted the black stripes in a single layer with this rich paint by looking at the image on my monitor and with no drawing on my paper, sometimes a bit tricky as my eyes went out of focus from looking at all the shapes. Luckily Zebras have a unique pattern anyway so any stray from the reference stripes did not matter. Form and shadows were created by allowing some bleeding from the black stripes into the white and also sometimes adding a bit of the warm gray from all the puddles on my palette.
Its great to use different ways of creating a similar subject as this really adds excitement to the painting process and that thrill when you stand back and look at your finished work.