‘The Hunt for Red October’
8×8 inch original pastel painting adapted from a ref by Peter G Trimming on Flickr using cc licence.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…
…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!