I think I mentioned that I was thinking about studying with an online English pastelist, Colin Bradley. I have worked through several of his free lessons, this being one, and decided to bite the bullet and today I joined for a period of time where I will have access to multiple complete videos. So that will probably determine the subject matter for the next few weeks. The lesson Colin did was of a full-faced tiger. I wanted to do a similar pose but not the exact piece that he did. I wanted to see if I could take the techniques he was discussing and apply it to a similar pose and lighting conditions. You can see Colin's piece below. I did find this super reference photo at PMP, one of two tigers in the picture, but I really liked his regal and majestic look. I also like how even though he is looking forward, he is not boldly look at your, but studying something intensely.
I am working on off white Aqua Bee charcoal/pastel paper, an ancient tablet that I have but I think the paper is quite similar to the Ingres that Colin recommends. I can cut up one of my big pieces and make 8 - 8"x10" pieces for practice. I then mounted this to a piece of 8"x10" mat board that I had so it would have more rigidity and stability. The background is done with pan pastels and just a made up something so that it wouldn't be a solid background. The remainder of the tiger was done with pastel pencils. Colin recommends Pitt pencils, but I have a variety and used Pitts where I had them and then color matched as best I could to those I have in different brands.
I haven't had lessons or done workshops so am looking forward to this experience. I am trying hard to keep my mind open and not revert to what feels natural. I tried a different method this time of watching the video first in a section, then painting what I saw in the same section. It seemed to work better than the last time I mentioned that I didn't have a good rhythm. Since most of my studies have been of the reading and translating what I read variety, it is almost I think, like taking a workshop to see someone actually drawing and explaining what they are doing in front of your eyes. Although I still think there are "secret steps" that no one talks about when it goes from "almost there" to "done and amazing".
Thanks much for stopping by and have a super weekend