Don't Bullrush Me!

Okay, this is the last painting blog for a while. Though I'm waiting on publishers and editors before I can get on with my writing, there are many other things I should be doing -- like my taxes, for instance.

Anyway, my goal is illustration. I want the work I'm doing right now to have that look -- real, but not quite. So I've painted some bullrushes. Here are the five steps it took.

1 -- The drawing

2 -- The start of the underpainting (water)

3 -- Completion of the underpainting

4 -- Painting of the foreground (bullrushes)

5 -- Ink application (and lifting of paint) After the ink applicaton, the finished painting was way too dark, so I set about lifting paint to lighten things up.


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