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Back up - pastel walkthrough by Bisanti Back up - pastel walkthrough by Bisanti
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Soft pastels on velours paper 36cm x 48cm

Lowland silverback gorilla portrait


If you like it, you can also have a look at some of my other painting such as


Small tuto, this painting is done with hundreds thousands of small very fast and small touches to create the fur (nb. I only used fixative to block the sketch, after i avoid to keep fresh colors), total ~5h in 2 session, of the steps 1 to 3, the rest was done in one session

1. Sketching the animal
2. Bocked the dark with an almost black pastel, use a reworkable fixative on it
3. Start the 1rst blocked in color layer with low quality broken pastel
4. Add a second darken layers to fix a basis for the volume
5. I added a mid tone gray/brown value on the whole body
6. I reworked again the shadows and then with a bright ochre pastel followed by a bright gray layers, I started to work on the highlights
7. I redid step 5 to 6 with different hue, as all the layers are thin, the previous one can be seen under which create density perfect to simulate short fur
8. Time to work on the silver back. I used a white pastel to smudge the back
9. Adding a background with a complementary color that create contrast. As the value of the gorilla are quite dark, I thought that a bright green forest would suit the whole portrait.
10. I refine the background and some details on the skin
11. I finalize the background and adjust some part of the anatomy, notably the arm that was too thin for a gorilla
12. I added few highlights and add a last very very light brow layer on the full picture to unify the whole, I then took a picture and correct the picture colors on Painter 12 to be closer from the original pastel artwork
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mkmars Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool piece. Its always great to see the process an artist took to get to the final piece. I've just gotten into pastels so this is very helpful. thanks for sharing!
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Bisanti Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure
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PikaWarriors Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I like your process ;)
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Bisanti Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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PikaWarriors Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student General Artist
your welcome :)
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