Creating the San Diego Zoo Murals – Part Five

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I painted right over my value study, quickly laying in the picture’s local color (“local color” is the “average” color of an object). I took this quick digital snapshot and sent it to the zoo to include them in the process. Then I refined this little scale painting:

I followed the same procedure with the contemporary picture:

Again, this step was fast and crude. Then I refined it:

I sent jpegs of the two color studies to the zoo staff for their approval.

Their approval meant it was now time to start working on the full size murals.

Next: Stretcher bars

2 Responses to “Creating the San Diego Zoo Murals – Part Five”

  1. Rick Catizone says:

    This is getting even more exciting to watch. Personally, I like the contrast and more saturated color on the first color study here.

    And on the current-day painting, I’m favoring the first one there too. I like the sharper delineation on some of the second one, but am unsure why the blues are glowing there.

    But really fun to watch it come to life. I hope you take some stage-shots throughout the painting. I think it would be interesting to see the way you work. Whether that includes any working back and forth moving things more forward or back.


  2. Bill says:

    Hi Rick,
    Please remember that what you’re seeing here is quick digital snapshots with little-to-no correction in PhotoShop. Perhaps those first shots were taken on an overcast day.

    So, at least from what I put up on this site, I tend to agree with you (although I really needed to knock back those distant hills with a bit of atmospheric haze).

    Watch what happens when I get to the full size paintings…

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