Commissioned Work! -Completed
My first painting for this year, I have struggled throughout the last year and starting of this year with paintings. My mental block and self-critiquing is so strong that I put away many incomplete works.

Thanks to my client for being so understanding and allowing me time to work in my own pace which helped me to give my 100% when I was in the right frame of mind. Hope to start work on other paintings soon.

I have shared the step by step painting process below! Take a look, let me know what you think? 

Information about this native Species-Born and bred in Tamil Nadu, India, the Kombai is a sight hound par excellence. They make lovable pets and are also known to guard their home and family with their lives. The stocky, muscular Kombai is rumored to be strong enough to kill a bear. Their lineage and upbringing in the diverse subcontinent ensures that they have very few breed-related health issues, so they’re capable of living and living well in most kinds of weather.

The Kombai’s existence can be traced back to the 15th century and historically, they are known to have been bred to hunt wild boar, deer, and bison. Some breed enthusiasts and natives of South India believe that the breed existed even as far back as the 9th century. Kombais were used by the armies of the Marudhu brothers or Marudhu Pandias, who headed the revolt against the British subjugation of the Kalaiar Koil of the Sivakasi Kingdom at the beginning of the 19th century.

Kombai’s continue to be popular in South India and are celebrated as not just strong hunters but loyal family pets.

Title: Kai!
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size:10 x 12 inches
Duration:82 Hours
February 6th 2021
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Reference: Client’s Reference

Step one: After working on several compositions from reference images provided by the client, this profile composition gets a go ahead and I sketch out the actual study in a lower GSM paper and trace out the outline on the canvas. I used graphite to trace out the outline. Used Naples yellow as the base color since most of the fur is white and shades of yellows and warm browns.

As usual i worked on the eye first with cobalt teal and sap green with ultramarine blue and raw umber for greys. The fur is worked with burnt sienna with watery wash.

Step two: Mixer of burnt umber and naples yellow to the background. More burnt sienna added to darker areas and yellow ochre is added to lighter areas. More work on the nose with the combination of ultramarine blue and raw umber.

Step three: Blocking in is completed, most of the fur moment and structure is now blocked with burnt sienna and yellow ochre. Working more on the nose, darker areas are painted with darkest greys. A tiny bit of titanium white is added for achieving the lighter greys which are painted for highlights.

I start adding the fur in the direction of the muscle on the neck with mixture of Naples yellow and titanium white.

Step Four: Adding more fur, more fur and some more fur, the tiny fur was a great challenge however I enjoyed working on it. Using a mixture of yellow ochre, naples yellow and titanium white for the fur. A mixture of burnt sienna and burnt umber, with little bit of grey for the upper nose area. For the ear, mixture of burnt sienna, burnt umber, naples yellow and white.

Used crimson lake red, naples yellow and white for the background.


Step Five: Adding details, I added several layers of thin washes of mixture of naples yellow, burnt sienna and white before adding the final fur details. For the neck chain, I used a mixture of yellow ochre, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow medium and titanium white.

Materials used
YipinXuan Paint Brushes round 4 and 5 used for blocking in. For the highlights Camlin synthetic brush size 2 and 0.
Kamal liner brush 2 and 000.
For the background Art Joy synthetic flat 12. Arora taklon 75mm. Arora taklon fan brush size 10 and 12.
Eascan Artist’s Quality Deep Edge Pre Stretched Canvas (10″x12″)
Camel Artists acrylic
Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics

Colors used: Naples yellow, Burnt sienna, Burnt umber, Cobalt teal, Sap green, Ultramarine blue, Raw umber, Yellow ochre, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Crimson lake red and Titanium white.

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Prasad Natarajan
Prasad Natarajan

Rediscovering Nature: Wildlife Blogger, Artist and photographer.

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