Part 10: Creating a Critter from My Mind

The yucky pink/purple beak color is now covered with a thin layer of muted orange (which worked beautifully for the lower eyelids).

Fine sandpaper wrapped around the end of a paintbrush handle and taped in place, is perfect for making major changes to small paintings. The old beak color (lower image below) had to be sanded a little to get rid of all the bumps created by the pointillism technique used for its original shading. The paint “dust” caused by the sanding is then washed off with a wet paper towel. Two minutes later, the lovely smooth surface is dry and ready for a new layer of paint.

When you draw/paint any subject that leans to the right or left, make sure that all its parts slant at the same angle. Note the white guidelines painted on the main section of the beak to help me stay on track.


About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, 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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