Combining the contrasting textures of rough rock and soft fur was yesterday’s challenge in my painting class. I began by demonstrating laying in harmonizing color in subject and background and then set about lifting paint away, as seen by the circular blobs in this image.
Next, mid-value cast shadows were roughly painted. The side of the brush was used to skim the surface of the paper, creating a speckled look, while the wide part established some flat washes.
With more color saturation, the chipmunk’s local color was painted next. Wherever shadow covers its white markings, a wash of blue was painted over them.
This otherwise abstract background contrasts with and emphasizes the soft, orange, and rounded subject by the use of sandpaper dragged across the paper’s surface, strategically placed blue and dark shapes, and spattering. Note, too, that rock shape edges guide the eye toward the animal’s face.