Tracey Chaykin

Cal­i­for­nia, USA, Blu, dry me­dia, 10 x 8" (25 x 20 cm)

International Artist - - Art Challenge -

My In­spi­ra­tion

My in­spi­ra­tion for any given piece is its nat­u­ral beauty! I have al­ways been in­fat­u­ated with Na­ture and this piece was no dif­fer­ent. With this sub­ject, I was drawn to the fact that this tou­can did not rep­re­sent what most peo­ple think of when con­sid­er­ing this type of bird. Specif­i­cally, its beak not hav­ing the ar­ray of col­ors we as­so­ciate when pic­tur­ing a tou­can. Sec­ond, what stood out for me was all the won­der­ful blue around the eye and how that tied into the blue in the feet. Lastly, the Bokeh back­ground oc­cur­ring in the ref­er­ence photo al­low­ing the fo­cus to be solely on the tou­can and how this pulled the tou­can more for­ward al­low­ing for more def­i­ni­tion and iso­la­tion among all the col­ors.

My De­sign Strat­egy

Be­fore be­gin­ning I spent a great deal of time con­sid­er­ing my col­ors. Col­ored pen­cil paint­ing can be a time­con­sum­ing process due to the need for lay­er­ing to achieve a cer­tain level of de­tail as well as val­ues and hues. I also layer to bur­nish/mix the col­ors to achieve a smooth painted fin­ish. Blu, Ini­tially, I break the main sub­ject up into pieces work­ing lighter ar­eas first (the head and up­per chest). In the case with the black feath­ers, I choose light col­ors to layer first, so they could show through the darker strokes. This process pro­vided the abil­ity to re­flect feather direc­tion and def­i­ni­tion. Be­gin­ning with the lighter base al­lowed for eas­ier ap­pli­ca­tion of the blues and greens for the iri­des­cent glow on the back.

My Work­ing Process

Ini­tially, my goal is to get the im­age on pa­per, so I will con­sider my time­frame. If lim­ited time, I will trans­fer an im­age oth­er­wise I free­hand sketch. For Blu, I sketched the main parts, which in­cluded the stem, bird and the large branch in the top left cor­ner. Once out­lined, I be­gan the ap­pli­ca­tion of color lay­er­ing in the same or­der. The back­ground was com­pleted in pieces af­ter­ward. I’m fas­tid­i­ous about achiev­ing cer­tain color re­sults and will go over my work with more lay­ers un­til sat­is­fied. Still ex­per­i­ment­ing will dif­fer­ent sur­faces to find the ones that will en­dure my level of pun­ish­ment to achieve the de­sired re­sults. Upon sat­is­fac­tion, I ap­ply the fi­nal step of spray­ing the com­pleted piece with fix­a­tive for preser­va­tion.

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