So now I move on with part two of my Audubon re-creation commission. The client was pleased with my charcoal mock up of the pelican and the new tree lines. So with that I went out and purchased a 4ft x 4ft canvas and paints to begin the process.
Step one was to create a warm gray color to help set a specific tone on the canvas. I used white gesso, bone black, and burnt umber. Then I painted the canvas and allowed it to dry.
After an appropriate drying time I was able to start work again. The next stage was to outline the pelican, foreground, and background. This was done with my Prisma projector, 2 H pencil, and small photo copy of the original painting. The original picture was centered in the middle of the canvas and outlined. Then I drew in the newly created areas by hand.
Then with 2H, 4H, and 8H pencils I filled in the the tonal value needed for this picture. This took a few days and many adjustments to get to where I needed to be.
After all the tonal value was added and I was happy, then I took the canvas outside to use a clear coat to seal the drawing to the canvas. In my next installment I will show you the painting process. Thanks for reading!