Think before your first brushstroke
- Composition, don't be a slave to your reference image
- Paper size, type and Orientation
- Colour choices for a unified work, will it get me the darks I need
- Wet on dry or Wet into Wet
- What texture could I use
- Background first, after or at the same time
Step by Step
- I google a few rainbow trout images to give me the colours and shapes to ensure my fish will look like a trout.
- I make a simple outline drawing of a fish
- I choose a square format and use my fish drawing to make my composition
- I play with some colour choices and settle on Indigo, Undersea Green, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Rose
- I decide on painting the background first and mix pools of indigo and the green and paint around my drawn fish varying the colour from the two pigment pools.
- When this was dry I decided to add a very weak wash of Burnt Sienna to all of the water to muddy it up to be more like a stream.
- I wet a fish and drop colours in wet into wet using the same indigo and undersea green with Permanent rose for the stripe area with letting it mix with some indigo for a greyed mauve hue.
- After each fish had its first pass of colours I strengthened in areas with some additional thin glazes.added some irridescent medium thinned with water to give some fish scale texture.
- Next the eyes were started
- Whilst the eyes were drying I added the spots and fins using a dark mix of the indigo and green
- I added the finishing touches to each fish including adding a highlight to the eye with a white ink gel pen
- Using a the white ink pen I added some small bubbles around my focal point fish
38cm x 38cm
Saunders Waterford Cold Press 425gsm