Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Add a simple background

Airbrushed mist
Today you'll get another quick tutorial from the demo last week. This time, I have a picture of a cheerful red robin, again, drawn from a photo taken by my friend Maaike.
Today I want to just show you a quick sample of the power of a background. Here you have the red robin before I added any color to the background.

I can't remember all the colors I used, but I know I worked heavily with the E40's family: E40, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, and I warmed up the tones with an overlay of YR30 and Y21. I also used W1, W3, W5 and B91/B93 in the shadows. I also used YR12, YR14, YR18, and E09 in the feathers.

Next I need a background. He looks very sharp without one, but the picture looks incomplete. I also didn't want the background to overpower the foreground. 

So, I chose a very light E70 and W1 and drew in the suggestion of twigs in the background. Further away, I made them lighter.

 Then, I took the same pale yellow I used on his wing and lightly airbrushed the suggestion of a glowing sunrise or mist only along the bottom of the page. Nothing too strong, just a suggestion of color. 

Overall, I really like the feel of this bird, it's very different from what I usually make. 

I hope you have a fabulous Fall! Like this robin, just keep singing, no matter what life brings!


~ginny said...

I am so grateful that you share your color knowledge like this one... I absolutely love the result of your minimalist background with this Robin. Inspiring!

Debbie Olson said...

I'm loving this side of your artwork, Marianne--beautiful!

Jan Castle said...

So real looking it!
Thanks for sharing!!!!
Paper Hugs,

Shari said...

Absolutely gorgeous. The background is stunning, and really does just bring it all together. ♥

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Granbeads said...

Incredible coloring on this robin! It just pops off the page! Truly amazing...

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