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Members Project 6

Project 6 – Scottish Red Deer – Acrylic

Step 1

We are doing a very big acrylic this time.

On the first image you will see I have done the image of the deer and the basic outline of the hills.  For the sky wash I’ve used cobalt blue mixed with quite a bit of titanium white. I used my 1″ flat acrylics brush. Notice I have put a little bit more white down to the bottom of the sky. Then with just titanium white work a little bit of extra white in for the clouds.

At the same time and using the same brush I put in the furthest hill, using again cobalt blue and titanium white, but this time with a tiny touch of alizarin crimson as well, make sure you make this weak, because its a long way off.

I didn’t have too much water in any of these mixes, its fairly stiff paint.
Step 2

For the big hills, the first wash is hookers green and naples yellow mixed leaving clumps of naples yellow showing here and there. Then hookers green and raw sienna, so that the colours are getting slightly deeper. At this point try to start to create the shape of your hills, don’t paint horizontally or vertically, give some diagonal strokes to get a feel of movement in the hill.

I added a little bit more water in these mixes than in the previous sky wash mixes
Step 3

There is a bit of detail in this next one. Once the previous washes has dried slightly, I changed to my No 8 round brush and in the top bits of the hill added a little bit of naples yellow starting from the top coming downwards followed by a little bit of raw sienna leaving a little bit of the colours separate here and there. Then also a few strokes of cobalt blue and alizarin crimson mixed to give a soft purple colour. Then just a few touches of raw umber here and there. Try to capture a kind of rocky top to this hill. 

As I come further down, hooker green and burnt sienna mixed, but a little bit more water into this mix so its slightly weaker.

Still with my round brush, make the hooker green and burnt sienna mix a little bit stronger and tap on giving the impression of distant trees.

At this point now that the far distant hill is totally dry, I got a little bit of titanium white on my finger and just rubbed a little bit of it across the clouds and the hills here and there to give the impression of clouds coming onto the hills.
Step 4

For the big hill, create the impression of the rock on top first, for this I used raw umber a tiny touch of cobalt blue and titanium, white all mixed together. First of all just paint the tops with this mix, not too much water and then leave this section to dry.

This hill looks fairly complex but its really not. Go back to my 3/4″ washbrush, split the brush slightly and stipple on here and there with mixtures of firstly hookers green and raw sienna, followed by hookers green and burnt sienna just to give the feel of rough ground and undulation.

Towards the base of this hill with my hookers green and burnt sienna mix I changed to my no 8 round brush and again just gave the impression of a few distant trees at the water edge.

Now back to the 3/4″ wash brush, again split with a mix of cobalt blue, titanium white and alizarin crimson to create the purple coloured heather. Now back to the initial rocky stuff and with payes grey and a tiny touch of cobalt blue with my no 8 round brush, start to put a few cracks and shadows in the rocks.

The water was very easy, there’s not that much of it, 3/4″ flat wash brush, titanium white and cobalt blue and a quick stroke horizontally across, not too much water in the mix, then get a little bit of white and put a stroke of this by itself straight across the water.
Step 5

For the first deer raw umber and fill the whole thing in first with my no 6 round brush. I really did just fill it in without any fiddling or detail. But once I got to the nose of the deer, put quite a bit of titanium white into the deer colour, so I could have a lighter area for the nose, top of the head and inside the ears.

Not take the raw umber with a touch of paynes grey, with my rigger brush, paint the antlers. With this same mix and still the small round brush put a few rough dry strokes of paint in the shadowed areas. If you split the round brush and have no water in the mix whatsoever it will give the impression of fur.

Notice a couple of little highlights here and there, where the back legs join the body and the front legs meet the chest, I have added a few tiny little touches of naples yellow.
Step 6

For the rest of the deer its exactly the same process and the main deer, but remember as each animal goes further back they are getting weaker in colour so just add a tiny bit more water to the mix for each one.
Step 7

For the rocks I used my no 8 round and in the general areas of where I want the rocks, slap on a bit of raw umber followed by naples yellow and then some payes grey. Don’t think about the shape of the rocks and don’t think about water in the mixes, just simple bash it on.  Then with my  credit card, just as I would in watercolours, scrape out the shape of the rocks using the corner of the card, dragging downwards leaving a little gap between each scrape to create the shadowed areas.
Step 8

For the next section go back to my big brush and bash on hookers green and naples yellow, followed by just a few bits of naples yellow here and there. Make the brush strokes count and indicate the shape of the land.

Make sure you fill the whole area in. 
Step 9

Now with my split 3/4″ flat wash brush, stipple on some hookers green and raw sienna strong, followed by a few bits of raw sienna. Leaving a section that looks like a path, this is created by just leaving the under colour showing through.
Step 10

Now using the same process but this time using hooker green and burnt sienna, good and strong, remember leave that section showing in the middle, you are trying to create rough tufts of moorland grasses.
Step 11

Now finally cobalt blue and alizarin crimson mixed, make sure the under washes are dry and then stipple this colour on using a split 3/4″ flat wash brush. You are just doing a few bits of heather on top of the greens. Once this has dried put a heck of a lot of titanium white into that purple mix and again with the split brush, stipple on some light on top of the purple heather.

I hope you enjoy this one because I found it a very rewarding painting.