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You will learn to paint a white duck and practice what you have learned from previous exercises as you read this.
Look at your reference.
- Find the areas where the white duck “will become” the white paper. (These areas are “lost edges” (more about “edges” here).
- Seems amazing, but removing outlines will make your painting far more exciting and interesting.
- AND your duck will stop looking “stuck on” to the painting.
Learn to Paint a three Dimensional White Duck
To make our duck look realistic, paint the eyes, bill and feet carefully and dimensionally (more about painting form here) and then have fun expressively dropping color in for shadow areas.
1. Draw the outline of your duck.
Pick an interesting pose (one that has a good shape or engages you with your little duck’s personality) and make sure that the dimensions of your duck work. Here are three examples.
Draw lightly so you can remove lines easily.
In a sketchbook, painting or drawing across the fold makes your sketchbook interesting.
2. Paint the eye(s).
Paint an eye with intention. Your eye will carry your painting. (more about painting eyes here)
- Outline the lower part of the eye with yellow watercolor pencil
- Paint in the dark brown and while wet, paint the black pupil (leave the white highlight)
- Let dry completely
- Once dry, with a moist clean brush, paint lightly over the eye to shadow the surrounding area
3. Paint the Bill
- Under paint the darker areas
- Use burnt sienna, burnt sienna and H yellow orange and only H yellow orange
- Paint separately and join with a clean moist brush
- Next, paint the lighter or lit area of the bill
- Use H cad lemon or permanent yellow lemon
4. Paint the Feet
- Use same technique of underpainting the darker areas
- Let dry completely before painting the lighter areas
- Paint a shadow under the feet to set the bird down
- Use a blue (cobalt or cobalt turquoise), a yellow (yellow ochre, lemon, or quinacridone gold) and a red (permanent rose) and place thin spots of color onto a pre-wet area of shadow.
Once dry, use scrubber brush (described more here), to soften transitions of color.
6. Remove all the Lines
7. Add Expressive Drip, Lines and Blocks
Leave a comment and let me know how yours turned out!!