Sneak a peek at how I created this striking kingfisher in pastel

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Now that I have completed this kingfisher ( from a reference photo by Ian Marshall ) I can show you a bit more about how I created it, following on from my previous post.....

After the first wing is completed I started building up the background. I experiment with colours in corner of the paper ( which as usual is Artspectrum Colourfix ) and here I using my fingers to blend the background and make a smooth surface to build up the layers....

Experimenting with colours kingfisher

Blending background kingfisher

 I alternate between adding details to the kingfisher and adding background....this stops me smudging the work and as you see I also turn the paper around to allow the pastel to drop off can see this in a short video I have created. You can view this on my Facebook page or my Instagram feed.....I hope you find it interesting! 

These are examples of the polystyrene pencils you can see me using in this video.....and here I am adding layers and detail with a pastel pencil. 

Polystyrene shaped for blending pastel

Using pastel pencils on kingfisher background

I next start work on the branch and I am very pleased how it turned out. I started simply by adding the outline, then working from left to right, adding layers of pastel using different shades of colour until the branch was complete. 

Adding the branch to the kingfisher painting 

The finishing touches are completing the background, signing the painting and framing it - here I am cutting mountboard with a mount cutter to fit into the chosen frame......

 Cutting a mount for the kingfisher frame

....and here is the completed painting "The next catch"....Have a great day!

The completed kingfisher "The next catch"


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  • jini on

    Well, Ivan, here is another warm, inviting, “living” picture from you-not surprised, but it is the branch that has my attention this time! As a Nature person, it just grabs me-the layered detail and perfect shades AND shadow!! I emailed about us meeting up April 30th 3:30 ish?? perhaps it is lost in the ethers, or, that you both are a tad busy. I fly this Thursday, so want to complete all arrangements that I can from here. I do not have email in the UK-well, I choose to not-I barely use my phone!

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