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Members Project 3

Camels In The Desert – Acrylics

Step 1

All the brushes in this project are Galeria Acrylics brushes and all the painting is done again using Galeria paint

This is in acrylics and I’m using a Daler Rowney stretched canvas. As you can see, I have pre stained the whole of the canvas with raw sienna. Once the pre stain had dried I put on my sky wash and also on the bottom of the canvas using cobalt blue mixed with titanium white, quite a lot of titanium white. This is all done with a Galeria No 28 Short Flat Brush.

The paint is fairly thick with broad horizontal strokes merging the colours together adding a little bit more white to the base of the sky to intimate the horizon.

Step 2

Once all this had dried I did the drawing in a fairly heavy pencil so that I can still see the outline. I have simply blocked in where the hills are going to go and in a little bit more detail the outline of the camels.

Step 3

Now with my No 18 flat wash brush, I used a mixture of raw sienna, cadmium orange and a little bit of buff titanium to block in the whole of the sand dunes.
Getting slightly lighter as I came into the big one in the foreground.
At this stage don’t faff about with them, its simply blocking it. But make your brush stroke count by stroking in the direction you want the sand dune to fall.

Step 4

Once the last colours had dried slightly, again with the No 18 brush and a mixture of Naples yellow and buff titanium, add lighter areas but leave some of the first colours showing through here and there, again make your brush strokes count with the direction of flow of the hills.

Step 5


Now for the bit of land that the camels are walking across I have used raw umber and buff titanium and again my No 18 flat brush and just block this area in but this time the paint is getting slightly thicker. At the same time with the same brush using raw sienna, buff titanium and a tiny touch of burnt sienna block in the reflections breaking them at the base of the painting or top of the hill.

Step 6


This time I’m using my No 8 round brush and putting the shadows into the sand dunes. This is a fairly scary process because its quite a bright colour. I have used cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna. You can see where I have put in the darkest shadows and then once I have those in, put a little bit more water into my brush and smooth it into my sand dunes. I started off with the shadow with not too much water at all. Once I had finished I put a couple of brushfull’s more of water into the mix and brushed a little bit into the foreground hill notice where I have put it to the bottom right hand side of the foreground hill.

Step 7

Now back to my No 18 wash brush a little bit of raw umber and a tiny touch of raw sienna mixed in and not too much water, smooth this into the base of the foreground land where it is going to meet the water.

Step 8

Now to the camels. These are really quite simple, because the drawing is already done you are just filling them in. They are both fairly dark so far. I have used my No 8 round and a mixture of raw umber and paynes grey. Don’t go into detail, you are not trying to paint fur, they are more or less silhouetted. For the clothing I have a little bit of black and white strip on the left hand shirt and a little bit of red and white on the shirt next to it.

For the blue jean colour, I have used cobalt blue and a touch of paynes grey.
Notice I have more brown in the mixture on the camel to the left, the one to the right more paynes grey in the mixture. For the shadow to the right hand side of the people, I have cobalt blue with a touch of alizarin crimson, just the two colours. For these fiddley bits I used my No 2 round brush.

For the saddle type things that they are sitting on, I used a mixture of paynes grey and burnt sienna to make a fairly strong black.

Step 9

More of the same for the other two camels and to be honest you can clothe your people in any colours you wish. But notice the camel to the right is lighter and for this I have used raw umber and buff titanium. Then at the same stage all with my No 2 brush I have added shadows in-between the legs, underneath the necks and down the right hand side of some of the legs of the camels. For this I have used again paynes grey with a touch of burnt sienna.

Step 10


For the chap leading the camels, his clothing is burnt sienna mixed with a tiny touch of raw sienna. Block him in and then add a little bit of dark to the right hand side here and there, especially to his arms and to the right of his legs. Then a few highlights here and there by adding titanium white into the same clothing colour mix.

Join the camels and the lead walker with my no 0 brush and just paynes grey.
At this stage underneath all the camels and figures I have added a swath of shadow using cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna.

Step 11

For the reflections I have used my no 8 round brush and a mix of paynes grey and raw umber but keeping it nice and dark and not to much water in the mix. Here and there towards the refection of the people I have added the odd stroke of titanium white and here and there within the reflection of the camels a touch of just paynes grey just to darken bits and pieces.

For the reflection of the chap walking in front, it’s the same colours as his clothing but darker. Remember when you add these reflections in, to break them, these are squiggly lines they are not too solid.

To the base of the canvas I used the shadow colour using cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna and did a few wavy lines amongst the already painted broken reflection of the hill. Now let all this dry good and solid. Have a cup of coffee for 15 minutes.

Step 12

I then made a mix of cobalt blue and tiny touch of burnt sienna very well water down, very lightly simply stroke across the entire painting. Then a few strokes of titanium white across the water here and there and you are done.