‘White Mischief’ -sold
8×12 inches mounted to 12×16 inches with ivory archival mountboard.
Created using all archival materials – pastel pencil (derwent, stabilo, pitts) on Clairefontaine brown pastelmat.
Using a reference from a fabulous site dedicated to offering images copyright free to artists of all media and styles, the fabulous wildlifereferencephotos.com is highly recommended and worth a visit.
This is a very cute little white tiger cub taken by Emmanuel Keller which caught my eye and I simply had to have a go!
As you know, I do love eyes so this is where I started on this piece of wildlife art. The tiger cub’s eyes were quite bright but I decided to go for broke and make them really sing. the wonderful thing about pastels is, if I had overdone it, it’s so easy to rectify due to being able to layer with more colours or simply erase the unwanted colours out and start again!
I know I’ve been asked many times about the pencil extenders I use, these fit pitts and stabilos plus they even stretch to the very fat and chunky derwent pastel pencils so you don’t need to buy a different extender just for them I got these from Greatart.co.uk and they were very affordable and comfortable to use.
As you can see I work in layers. I use rough layers to block in areas, then as I add more layers and colours I become more detailed until the final layer is created using the finest pastel pencil strokes.
For the more blurry areas underneath the chin I use a fatter, flatter edged pastel, this drags the lines giving the illusion of fluffier slightly out of focus areas, I also gently pat down to knock back the hard edges of the strokes, again this all adds up to make the area look less defined so the focus remains on that ever so cute face!
As you can see, white fur isn’t just white! In fact there is actually very little white, I used it for the highlights only! In the mix were a couple of greys, pink, peach, yellow and even a bit of orange!
So after about 30 hours, here it is completed and being signed. I am now putting my full name on my art as I realise my name is searchable on the internet and will lead directly to me but my initials are not. Although my name is a little long winded, there is no way I can be mixed up with anyone else so it’s been a missed opportunity!
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