‘Hedgehog in Grass’

‘Hedgehog in Grass’ – Acrylic on canvas – 30 x 30 cm

I don’t normally paint animals, or rather I can’t remember the last time I did. This is one of the great things about doing artwork for people, you start to move out of your comfort zone. I tried to do a step by step photoset for this painting, and it started well however I got a bit carried away at the end, so there’s a big leap to the final piece.

I’ve started blocking in colours first, something that I’ve never bothered with before. Normally the paint goes on thick enough so you don’t get any loss of intensity from the white background, however blocking is a bit more forgiving when you miss a bit!

The grass is added first with a small filbert brush…

… followed by the spines on the hedgehog. These were done with a square ended brush, allowing a finer point to be achieved by using the brush on it’s side.

Once the spines were finished, work started on the face. The same brush was used, just with a little less pressure to give finer lines. The dark lines were added first; around the eyes and nose, followed by the gradually lightening browns and greys.

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