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Thread: Steller's Jay WIP (Done 12/30/09)

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    Steller's Jay WIP (Done 12/30/09)

    I have seen the Steller's Jay quite a bit while hiking through the mountains and foothills near my home. They have the nick name Camp Robber's because they often migrate around camping areas awaiting my dropped SMORES! They are a very striking blue that really stands out against the darker forest greens and browns.

    First layer (top layer) done with pencil (black - should have done a lighter color)

    Background layer painted with the paint roller then smudged with the knife set to blur (love that setting! Makes life so much easier)!

    Bird blocked in with dark crayon.
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    Last edited by Sketchism71; 12-31-2009 at 05:49 PM.
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    Eddie, man, that is one gorgeous bird. Coming along beautifully. And you've put that blur to great use in this particular painting. You are going to print this one, frame it and hang it when it's done, right??? I mean, it's already evident you've got another little masterpiece on your hands.

    Great great job. Really looking forward to the final touches.

    And Happy New Year.
    Last edited by byroncallas; 12-31-2009 at 04:24 AM.
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    This is coming along beautifully, Sketch! It is going to be one gorgeous painting when you're finished!!! I love how you've blurred the background. Is that done on a separate layer with a special blend mode or special blurring technique?

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    Byron and Eileen thank you for checking this out! I really like the feedback while I'm working on these... It fuels my fire!

    Eileen, The background is its own layer and the blurred effect is with the knife set to blur. Most of my paintings have at least three layers, background, foreground and my sketch layer that I leave on top until the painting is done then I turn the sketch layer off. Sometimes more layers depending on the complexity of the detail needed but that is usually how I do it.
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    Pulling out detail and light in the bird and the branch. All crayon.
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    Thanks for showing your work in progress. Love how you used the aperture blur depth of field effect in artrage.

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    Thanks for checking it out Albert! Here is the last of it... I think (see my signature quote...)
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    beautiful. like you are there up close to him with a big lens. It is wonderful.
    the lighting, the color... not abandoned...I think it really is finished and rightly so... it's gorgeous.

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    Thanks Albert! My sister has become quite the bird watcher and it has rubbed of on me a little. This was a great bird to paint! Thanks for the comments here! I want to do a tutorial on something like this but I'm not sure my technique really qualifies needing one. Crayon on crayon with varying pressure.
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    The realism in this work is striking. Very well done!!

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