Video Outline (Also available to print at bottom of page.) Below is the outline of the class to help you navigate. I left the video in real time, so that you can see how fast I am working and my thoughts as I move along.
The times I have given below go with the normal speed videos. Video 1: Setting Intention and Sketching 0:00 I am using 12x16-Canson Water Colour paper; 140 lbs (the heavier the weight of the paper the thicker it is-which is nice for working on in wet media and lots of layers). The paper was a larger size but I ripped it down to 12x16. Reference photos were found on Unsplash.com a site with free stock photos. 4: 40 I start by writing a letter from the perspective of the fox to me. I choose to use pencil crayon but you can use whatever you like. Let’s find out messages your fox has for you. Baron, my cat also makes his entrance here 😊 8:00 Using charcoal-so you can’t erase-and using a reference photo and your non-dominant hand (for me my left) to loosen up and let go of perfection-sketch out your fox. You don’t have to use your non-dominant hand or a reference. Do what feels right for you! But do try to let go of perfection and let your fox be who it is. We are not necessarily going for beautiful. When sketching look for basic shapes and shadows and lights. We will be working through lots of layers so try not to judge your work-this is just the beginning 13:30 using a pencil and your right hand you can define some of your lines a little more, working with what your left hand did. Video 2: Painting 0:00 Colours (I am using the dylusions colours mentioned above in the materials). Start with 3 colours. I suggest using one as your dark, one as your medium, and one as your light. When choosing colours think about how they might mix. Remembering that colours opposite each other on the colour wheel (like red and green, blue an orange) will make brown. **TIP**when painting your fox paint in the direction of the fur. Don’t worry about getting every detail. 9:18 First layer of paint has dried. Using charcoal to outline/redefine the main lines of the fox again. Remember charcoal will smudge and me activated by your paints. I like this in my work, but if you do not, then skip the outlining with charcoal-or you could try using a pencil. 12:40 adding second layer of paint (neons) some colours show up better than others here. Just play and see what happens. 16:30 starting to add some of the same colours into the back ground. I used a spray bottle to wet my paper but you could use your brush to wet it and get your brush really wet. I wanted to have a watery back ground, but do what feels good for you to do here, and try not to think about what is happening, let your brush lead you. **When adding layers, I like pieces of the previous layers to peek through. This will give your painting depth** Video 3: Painting continued 0:00 experimenting with colours. This is the final paint layer that I do-but know that you can do as many as you want until you feel you are done. If your previous layers are dry and you add a paint colour that you do not like you can wipe it off immediately with a damp paper towel or baby wipe. I try many colours before I decide to go back and use my original three and neon pink. If you are using a reference, use it lightly here to help you put your colours in, remembering shadows and lights, but don’t be bound by your reference. You can change it. Remember to go in the direction of the fur. 10:00 due to the thickness of my paint and not wanting to let my inner perfectionist out I start using my fingers. 26:10 I use the bottom of my brush to try scraping in some texture around edges. Video 4: Background 0:00 outlining fox in charcoal again. I like when the charcoal blends into my paints. 0:55 choosing white to make a thin layer over my background. It is a thin layer so that the colours we already added in the background still some through (to thin the paint I added some water, and scrubbing motion with my brush-which will wear your brushes, so don’t use a good brush to scrub with if you choose to do that) 6:20 adding the colours and detail to the eye. I used Liquitex Raw Sienna for the Iris. Adding the highlights really makes the fox come to life. Fox pupils are similar to a cat. 9:37 add some black to the nose and shadow to the lip. I watered down the black and added some turquoise so that the black wouldn’t be so harsh to create the shadow. And added a little bit of a highlight on the nose. 12:20 adding some darker lines around the eye.
Video 5: Adorning 0:00 outlining and redefining lines again in charcoal, and smudging it out into the back ground. 3:06 adding adornment/decorating with gel pens. Just experiment, if you don’t like something they rub/wipe off easy while they are still wet or with a little bit of water. You could also use pencil crayons, paint, or glitter. Final Step: As a finishing writing prompt, write I letter to you from the fox you created. What does your fox need to tell you? Does your fox have a name? Sign it from your Fox.
Here are some reference photos that are mentioned in the materials as well as the one I used in the videos