Painting a Tiger with Watercolours and Mixed Mediums
September 21, 2018
I painted a tiger again. As per my last post I was always uncomfortable to paint a tiger but my Poll Winner subject took me out of my comfort zone.
I have painted this one mainly in watercolours but I have used different mediums as well. If you would like to know what have been used. Here is the supply list.
Acrylic paint – Cadmium Yellow Deep and Permanent Rose
So here I am sharing with you progress shots from start to finish. I didn’t plan to paint in this style as it is not my usual way of painting but I tried.
I drew basic line drawing first with pencil directly onto the paper. Then I used Pebeo drawing gum pen to mask some white area. Then I have used Wax Resist Stick to mask water reflections and on the top of the stone by the tiger’s foot to add some texture
2. In the second stage I used Cass Art’s sepia colour as my first wash for water area and all dark areas including the stripes on Tiger’s body with Pentel’s medium sized water brush.
3. In the third stage , I laid down second wash with Schmincke’s Quinacridone purple and Tiger’s body with Daler Rowney’s yellow and orange.
4. In the fourth stage I put some Prussian blue from Daler Rowney’s and some black on the top. Then I kept adding some layers of Quinacridone purple and black to darken layers. Due to wax sticks some areas looks white. After darkening all the layers and drying it. I scraped off some wax and put more layers of paint. I then used Muji’s correction pen to add those white reflections
5. As all layers are now darkened, I used Muji’s pen to block thick white areas. Then I used some acrylic Cadmium yellow and Permanent Rose mix and painted leaves on the Block areas I created with the correction pen. Brushed some yellow paint into the reflections to show golden lights.
6. I then let the painting dry completely and used Schmincke’s AQUA Collage to paint all over the painting. which is like a glue but water soluble ( which means it can move even after drying). This Aqua collage is used to put mixed mediums in watercolour paintings. You can add bits of papers, flowers etc while it is wet. I added glitters to add some magical glow in dark waters. I let it dry overnight and then I laid Aqua fix on the top to make this glitters permanent and it should move with water.
I hope you enjoy this progress shots with the process mentioned here.
Additional Information- I found the reference picture from Pixabay which freely allows to use pictures for commercial use.
I titled this painting – “Drinking Water From Heaven”.
Size: 10″ X 14″ Stonehenge Aqua Watercolour Paper.
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