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Fox Wildlife Art

‘The Hunt for Red October’

8×8 inch original pastel painting adapted from a ref by Peter G Trimming on Flickr using cc licence.

The Hunt for Red October Original Pastel Painting stage 1

Autumn is most definitely tapping us on the shoulder in England so I felt an autumnal original pastel painting was the order of the day. (See my foxes in my shop)

Using my favourite brown pastelmat I used derwent pastel pencils for the background as they blend so well. I chose some lovely golds and reds for the autumn leaves along with some lovely greens.

The Hunt for Red October Original Pastel Painting stage 2

You can see I’ve made a good start with the eyes here, I love to make them glassy and shiny as they bring the artwork to life. I always add a white highlight to really make them pop off the page. This means foxy is watching me as I work the rest of the piece!

The Hunt for Red October Original Pastel Painting stage 3

As ever it’s just a case of building up layers for the fur. I add a brown underlayer using pitts raw umber, then adding a layer of red and orange to start the fur.

The Hunt for Red October Original Pastel Painting stage 4

You can see that as ever I jump about all over the place with my wildlife art pastel paintings, I think this is why pastels suit me as there is no waiting for layers to dry and I can simply down tools when I’ve had enough!

The Hunt for Red October Original Pastel Painting stage 5

Almost there, just an ear to go and some tidying up to do should see my fox wildlife art completed. You can also see the awful effect a flash has on artwork, now the evenings are darker it’s a case of needs must…

The Hunt for Red October Original Pastel Painting

…but you can see the true colours from a proper scan and foxy is done. As a mad film buff I chose the title ‘The Hunt for Red October’ which is a film about a CIA agent helping a crew submariners and their submarine flee from Russia. Fab film, well worth a watch!

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