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Extensive General Overview & Notes

Dear, Oh deer -Week 5


  1. You can either print out the picture you choose or study them from a large image on your computer screen. 

  2. Look through the selection of photos considering if you prefer to depict a landscape or portrait image for your Deer depiction.

  3. Since this is a Deer in a landscape you can work your light tones into your picture early if you wish. 

  4. Deer have a variable range of colours in their coats with some under smudging of the darker colours which you can then overlay some short tracking on, if you can see or wish to suggest or see short fur. A little of this helps to create a convincing realistic coat.

  5. My demos of the Deer shortcut the background making it less informed as they are complex and require my full attention in these limited length demos. However, with much more time available to you can make the mid and background much more informed if you wish with strong light qualities right next to the Deer's form. 

  6. You must be prepared to continually mould your Deer to finally achieve a close likeness. With my pastel Deer I lifted the head a little higher than in the photo as a personal preference to give the Deer a better profile portrait. 

  7. Make as many different types of marks in your depiction as required. 

  8. Look at the directional nature of the shadows and the way they undulate across the various objects and surfaces at ground level.

  9. Capture the nature of dappled light in your depiction by sharply varying your contrast.

  10. It is not necessary for you to depict exactly what you see in your photo. Your interpretation is to remain flexible with your use of artistic license. 

  11. Push away and pull towards the viewer your depiction varying your intensity of focus according to your points of interest. 

  12. Work around the whole depiction to keep your observations open.

  13. Use contrast, depth of field, perspective, composition and tonal values.

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