Masked Weaver

This is another work in progress, one with which I am quite happy.  It’s a male southern masked weaver, native to Africa, who paused in his work just long enough to contemplate the camera.  This is going to be a good exercise in patience.  I knew heading into this project that the grasses of the nest would be tedious and frustrating so I’ve devoted a lot of focus to making them look believable.  If Carl Brenders can render a thousand blades of grass and leaves, then I can force myself to do this.  I’m learning the hard way that there is no short cut to good realist wildlife, I just need to take my time.

The first image is the Imprimatura which is just a stain of the white of the board with some basic darks and highlights painted in.  The second image is the start of my underpainting.  I have about five thin glazes of paint over the green background, which was necessary to get a nice smooth color transition and I am on my first layer with the grasses in the nest.

This is oil on masonite, 14X11.

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