Mephisto and friends

This weekend I had the pleasure of a Vic Bearcroft tuition day.

There were 18 of us in total in a little village hall in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire – a small but perfectly formed group.

My reason for booking this day is that I wanted to ‘loosen up’ a little.  Plus I’m thinking of offering tuition myself and it was a good opportunity to check out the competition 🙂

Being a qualified trainer I firmly believe in continual learning.  No matter how long you’ve been at something there is always something new to learn and this weekend was no exception.

Our goal was to work on a portrait of Mephisto, a beautiful Cheetah from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent.

Vic ran through the tradional basics of defining shape and form through tone, before moving on to underpainting, strengthening the colour, adding the detail and finally adjusting the contrast to finish the picture.

All in all it was a great day and I met some lovely friendly people.

The gallery below give you an idea of what we got up to:

The piece was created on velour, which is my favourite medium – particularly for fur.  There are still many layers to go before the piece is completed, but I will eventually get to it.  William the Bengal kitten is my priority at the moment as he is my current commission, then I have one more piece to create for my penultimate college assignment.  More on that after William is completed, so watch this space…


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