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: King Salmon on the Kenai River, WIP

07-15-2011, 09:25 PM I'm going to do something I've never done, which is to show a work in progress. This is my son who won an Alaskan trip in a sales contest and took his dear old dad. This is being shown on here with his permission. He caught this 35 ib King Salmon, which made his year!

07-15-2011, 09:37 PM
I don't know if this will finish tonight, but ill post updates. Who knows, it might not work. (Gulp!) Here is basic freehand sketching in light blue pastel pencil and a bit of background color.

07-15-2011, 09:59 PM
Here is some more basic color blocking. Proportions are not quite correct, but in my style, I morph all that as we go.

07-15-2011, 10:22 PM
More detail, correcting some of the flaws.

07-15-2011, 10:39 PM
Shortened the cap. ( it will take fixative to fully cover the mistake), colored the jeans, refined the face and fish.

07-15-2011, 11:07 PM
More refinements. Spots on the Salmon. Leveled the shoreline. That's it until I get some fixative in the morning so I can then get coverage over flaws.

07-15-2011, 11:36 PM
Don - This has been the funnest thing to watch progress. You did an amazing job! I seriously wish I could get a drawing done in the same time frame. I am so impressed right now. Your son will be proud.

07-16-2011, 11:45 AM
Thanks Chanda! He was with me when I did all that and wants it for sure. This is the final painting. I've taken it about as far as I can go with my current skills and patience.

07-16-2011, 12:26 PM
Ditto to what Chanda said! It was great seeing this come together and I am ever the more impressed with you. ;)

07-16-2011, 03:37 PM
Thanks so much, Pencilmein! It was scary showing one in progress, not knowing the outcome. Here is how it is being displayed in the gallery, as an ad for comission work.