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Tribute to the Chief

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by Keto
Tribute to the Chief
18" x 24"

(note: Was too big to scan, so a digital photograph was the best I could do. For the record, I want to say the photograph, in terms of colors mainly, does not give the original piece any justice.)

A great and noble wolf chief deserves a portrait at the least. The feather headdress emphasizes his might while the cloak emphasizes his wisdom, and his eyes for trust.

This was done as a final project for my Painting Composition I class, and I had tons of fun with it. I loved playing with the earth tones, and it was a good practice for realism.

My goal for this painting was to have an overall warm feel, with the wolf, of course, being the main focus.

My favorite thing about the painting would be how the face turned out. A problem arose though, as I was working on the background, and so I began to seek out some advice from a variety of people. Allison Reed suggested using a warm grey in the background. Though, I was really set on using some warm reds and browns. I also noticed, with the help of others, that the white feathers were big and distracting a bit of attention from the wolf face. So I took Allison's advice and mixed it with my reds/browns, and used the warm grey as an accent behind the wolf's face in order to draw more attention and focus on the wolf's face.

So I turned it in, got a quick overall critique for the class, and ran off to take Kashra to the airport.

Recieved Grade: A

male 688,572, wolf 118,397, red 11,722, portrait 4,120, painting 3,246, tribal 2,910, brown 2,730, earth 1,153, feather 1,095, acrylic 252, indian 209, chief 131, fine 86, tones 23, headress 4
Type: Picture/Pinup
Published: 9 years, 2 months ago
Rating: General

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9 years, 2 months ago
Amazing. What techniques did you use? I can only guess it was a brush and not a palette knife. XD Did you lay down an initial sketch somehow?
9 years, 2 months ago
Dawww, thanks a lot! <=)

I started with just sketching with a plain pencil, on canvas... very lightly. I've never painted with a palette knife to be honest. I just used a variety of brushes. I used flat brushes to start filling in my basic colors, then I use flibert brushes for the fur texture, then for extra fur texture, I'll play around with my balance of water and paint on my filbert brushes, then I'll punch the tip of the bristles, and stroke lightly. <=) Hope that helps!

Thanks again!
9 years, 2 months ago
Great work! *gives you a gold star* ^_^
9 years, 2 months ago
hahaha, well thanks a lot! *wears the gold star proud*
9 years ago
If you're able to, you can touch up digitals to look just like it does in person... I've done so many times with scenery and photos of my cat x3
9 years ago
Hehe, oh yeah, I DO try. I think I'm better at it these days than I was then. :)
9 years ago
I see :3

We all improve, eh? x3
8 years, 5 months ago
B: Nice...
G: He neither can stop looking at it.
8 years, 2 months ago
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