Mandy the Mandrill

“Mandy the Mandrill” is the working title of this painting. (Gender isn’t relevant when naming imaginary critters.)

This simple, black background provides a strong contrast to Mandy’s “hair”. Multi-colored backgrounds may look gorgeous, but they sometimes take the viewer’s attention away from the focal point (in this case, Mandy).

The hair colors are mixed with combinations of Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow Light, and White. The values of the hair colors currently range from medium to dark. Light values are added later.

Strands of hair and fur are painted in the same directions as they grow. By frequently rotating the canvas, I can paint hair with only downward strokes (script liner brushes do not like making upward strokes).

Those lines and marks on Mandy’s face are incredibly important…(next time)

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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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