|Art by Wendy Cook
He's almost finished, just got to add some highlights to the eyes. I've finally managed to get those eyes looking how I want them. They are done with yellow ochre, burnt umber and black for the middle. I wanted them to look glassy and hopefully they do. I love the expressions that animals have in their faces when you look hard at them. The image that I have taken this from is a photo that I took of an Ostrich at a zoo in Northern Spain a few years ago. I didn't have to get too close because I could home in with the camera from a distance. I think it still spotted me though and gave me this look. It reminds me a little of a celebrity caught by the camera when they weren't expecting it. What a grumpy old bird he is!
I think I must be going through my animal phaze at the moment because I have started another. This is the underpainting of a Giraffe and, once again the most prominent feature will be his snout and eyes. This is only marked out on the canvas in raw umber and white at the moment and I will continue today building up the face in this monotine style until he is where I want him to be and then start putting in the colours. I'll keep you posted, thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to take a look at my site, I really appreciate it.