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I really enjoyed painting my previous ape study – Snack Time – so I tracked down another great reference photo for this full body pose.
I liked the background on this one, a slightly greenish grey, which just suggests the jungle in the background, and the out-of-focus green leaves framing the picture and providing some context.
It’s a challenge to convincingly paint objects that are out of focus, you have to keep those edges really soft. Something I need to practice more.
Here’s a step-by-step look at the painting process for this one: (if you’re reading this in an email, you may need to open it in your browser to see all of these images.)