Saturday, November 23, 2019

Dog in a Scarf!

It's a windy autumn day! 

Colorful fall leaves are swirling around this dog, who isn't worried, because he is wearing a nice warm scarf.

These are tempera paintings on 9 x 12 watercolor paper. 

We started by selecting a frontal view photo of a cute dog from our resource photo files.

We placed the photo on a small table easel. Then we traced a 5" plastic circular lid near the center of our paper. We were careful to leave enough room for any "perky" ears, as opposed to droopy ears.

The circle was not intended to be the shape of the head, but to ensure that the head would not be too small for the paper (a common problem for young artists).

The next step was to observe the shape of the head of our chosen dog and adjust the circle shape. 

We then added the ear shapes and an oval snout, and we sketched in the nose and mouth. 

We added a scarf below the head, and two lines from each side of the bottom of the scarf for the body. 

Then we painted the coat by filling in the body with mixtures of color to match our dog model.

Next, we designed our scarf. Colors included everything from  rainbows, to pinks, to winter and Christmas designs. 

We then painted the background with a solid or semi-solid color. 

The next step, once the body  was dry, was to add details to the face, such as the eyes, nose, nostrils, mouth, and tongue. We also completed the scarf with shadows, outlines, stitches, and patterns.

Now that the background was dry, it was time to add a few swirls of color to indicate the motion and movement of the wind. We did this by adding short strokes of paint; usually two or three autumn colors. 

This step was optional and some artists chose to leave the background color smooth. 

Now it was time to add rows of short lines along the edges of the dog's image to indicate fur over the painted coat. That's why we painted the background before we added the fur textures along the edges.

We continued to paint rows of short lines within the body. This step greatly added interest and personality to our sweet dogs! 

The next step was to add any additional details. A good way to do this is to walk away from the painting, then turn and look at it from a distance of about six feet.

Anything that needs to be fixed, added, or adjusted becomes more apparent from a distance. This was also a good time to add little white highlights in the eyes and on the tip of our doggy's wet nose!

Many of our artists added a 3-D element with leaf rubbings, which they cut out, curled, and attached to their completed artwork with a bit of glue.

This artist added snowflakes and a Christmas-style  scarf for a more wintery look.

These artists ranged in age from 5 to 12.

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