Part 7: Creating a Critter from My Mind

Here’s Hawk – an emu with pink and yellow hair! The values used for this under painting (including the beak’s forms) are based on a frontal light source from the upper right. As an aside, this painting is only 8 by 10 in.

The beak needs to be in the foreground (closest to the viewer) of the painting and will be the last part to finish. By first completing the background and middle ground (everything but the beak), I can then “move” the beak farther toward the foreground by painting it with stronger values, brighter colors, and more detailed textures.

The eyes are the focal point and their black sections will eventually be lightened. For now, the black enables me to determine my overall range of values in between white and black.

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About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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