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.

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