Brandon Wilkinson

“Remains” process and details

Tuesday, January 26th 2010 at 2:12pm

Here are some process images and close-ups of the finished piece.

I started out with a flat ochrey beige colored background for the sand with slightly darker shadow areas. It looked ok, but I wanted something with a little more depth…something a little more exciting for the eyes. I fumbled around for awhile until I came up with this process. I start by scumbling in a darker color over the flat areas. Like so…

Sand process scumble

Then, I smear a base color back in around the scumbles, leaving enough variation in the texture and value range so that it looks lightly mottled.

Sand process smear

Then I go in with the little tiny brushes and add single sand dots in a variety of colors and values over the top of the smeared area. Enough tiny detail so that the eye is fooled into thinking it sees a lot more than is actually there. Less is definitely more here. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot is the master of that trick.

Sand process dot

Here’s what it looked like in process…

Closeup sand before

And after.

Closeup sand after

Now some detail images of the finished piece.

Closeup awesome crab

Closeup barnacles on mussel

Closeup cave shell

Closeup feathers against sky

Closeup corona bottle

I feel really great having wrapped this one up at last. Cleaning out my studio, then on to the next one!

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1 comment

  1. Naomi said on Wednesday, March 3rd 2010 at 8:34pm

    Amazing! I love the little details. Beautiful.

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