See how the Raven painting is done from start-to-finish with Dan Waltz.

How to paint a Raven Demo by Artist Dan Waltz

Nevermore....Never less.

 

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Now taking offeres at this time for the pencil sketch. First reasonable offer will be accepted. Please email me if interested.

I normally don't go into this much detail on the pencil sketches before painting, but this sketch turned out very nice and is a framable piece of art.

 

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Ok, I did the sketch of the raven during a show, but I had already created the background I want at home in the computer.

So, with that said the background will be slightly different than what's in the sketch.

 

This is what I did....

 

I first took a photo I took of the Supermoon months ago. It had some interesting cloads around it that time.

I then went out and searched for the branch I wanted to set the raven on. I drove around, I even visited a few cemetaries thinking I may include a tombstone in the painting. That idea was quickly dropped. I eventually ended up finding the exact branch I was looking for off of a local Toco Bells parking lot where I rememberes watching several crows perch a few times while having breakfast. I then grabbed a treeline from a photo a I took behind GM Headquarters, where my wife works.

I now had everything I needed to put together this awesome scene I envisioned in the computer.

 

I threw all these photos together including the sketch I did of the raven and came up with the picture above.

This is what I will be painting for this painting demo...

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Alright, lets get started. This painting is going to require a lot of airbrushing in the background and unlike a lot of the airbrushed backgrounds I do this will need some stencils. The first thing is the moon. I but a 6-1/2" dia circle out of heavy paper stock. This will be used to block out the moon from over spray when I paint the sky. (I call these soft stencils, for soft lines. If I need harsh clean lines I would cut the stencils out of shelf liner paper.)

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

 

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

I also knew that the trees could easily be down with a stencil as well, but instead of cuttiing the trees out I gently ripped the paper in to the shap I wanted for the trees. Or something close anyway. Ripping the paper will give me the soft edge I wasnt when I spray the trees with the sirbrush. I will test this stencil and spray it on a test piece first to see if it is the look I'm looking for. Some more ripping maybe neccessary.

 

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Next I then cut out a stencil to cover the raven up while sraying. Like the moon, this will onlybe taped down in the middle so it will allow some over sray to go underneath, so I don't get a harsh edge.

Raven Painting by Dan Waltz

Laying things out. It looks like I'm ready to start tranfering the neccessary lines to the board and start painting. This painting will be 11" x 14" and will be painted on Watercolor Board, coldpress 114, using both watercolor and acrylic paints. Acrylics mainly through the airbrush.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

As you can see I started a little airbrushing. Roughing in the moon and sky.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

A few watercolor washes for a little detail on the moon, then a little more airbrushing over top for overlapping cloads and more color in the sky.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Ok, earlier I showed me ripping some templates for the trees for airbrushing. I did a test spray with those on seperate paper and didn't like the results, so I desided not to airbrush the trees. With that said I roughed in the trees with a #12 brush. More details will be applied as well as darkening them a bit.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Trees are done for now. I'm thinkng I may go back and darken them and the sky a little later.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Roughing in the branches so I can judge how much darker I can go with the background and trees.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Okay, it doesn't show it in the photo, but I dakened the sky considerably.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Branching out. Adding details into the branches in the forground to make them pop off the board.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Still detailing the branches.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Branches are done for the most part. Now join me tomorrow when I actually will paint a Raven from start to finish.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Painting the raven.... Starts with a few light lines to follow, sketched in by brush with watercolor.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Detailing the feathers.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Gradually building the feathers with a liner brush. A tedious job, but someone has to do it.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Layering feather of feather. A long proccess. Still have a ways to go.

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

The painting is starting to come alive. This is the last update on the progress before the final painting gets unveiled later today.

 

Robin Painting by Dan Waltz Robin Painting by Dan Waltz

Here is the final painting. I hope you enjoyed the blog.

The text Nevermore was added to the print in Photoshop. The print will be avaialble with and without the text.

 

Nevermore Print $20.00 +s/h

Prints comes rolled in tube.

 

Raven Print $20.00 + s/h

Prints comes rolled in tube.

 

The Raven "Nevermore"

The Original Watercolor Painting

Image size 11" x 14"

Price: $750.00

 

 

 

 

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