One of the best things about the internet is have access to so many useful and inspirational blogs and websites.
One I really like is Gurney Journey – the blog of James Gurney creator of Dinotopia.
James Gurney is an incredible artist and freely gives of his passion, knowledge and research on all things to do with painting, imaginative realism and illustration. James posts every day and every day I learn something.
Here is an example of a recent post:
Instead of starting with a pencil, I jumped straight in with the brush, massing the big shapes and cutting foreground over background and then background over foreground.
Corrections and refinements were easy with an opaque paint. Note that the plane of the scapula in both sketches was placed as a single stroke.
I used just four colors: titanium white, ivory black, raw sienna, and raw umber. That was all I really needed for such a subject under such conditions.
It is a good super-basic palette for exploring simple relationships of light and dark, warm and cool.
The donkeys were fascinated by the smell of casein. Maybe they liked the milk-based binder. I was afraid they might try to eat the paint, but they didn’t. Lee just nibbled my fingers with her lips, and Peanut kept sniffing the paint rag.
Here’s what I used:
Jack Richeson / Shiva casein colors
Moleskine watercolor notebook
Winsor and Newton Series 7 round watercolor brush
I’m using a watercolor palette for a mixing surface, but I didn’t use any of the watercolors for this sketch.