Thursday, May 23, 2013

Another banner

The Banner Festival is now doing another set of banners - mainly small ones for the waterfront and other parts of downtown. The 6 week time allotted for the program's first set of banners was based on the requirements of a grant that they didn't even get. So now they are open for 2 more weeks of banner painting.

I decided I would like to put into practice what I learned from my first two banners - good design, good colours, don't sweat the small stuff, and not too much time wasted on shading. I'm now signed up to paint a Great Blue Heron which are fairly common in Nanaimo. Here is the design:

Great Blue Herons have very long loose feathers on their breasts and upper wings - so I made the image very wispy. The drawing is pretty well anatomically correct - but stylized. The colours will be: a pale blue background with green-blue in the foreground, light blue-grey upper wing section and darker blue-grey lower wing section, pale yellowish-orange neck and breast, bright yellow beak, black cap and green eye. The reeds will also be green - to pick up the green eye. There will be no shading but the outline will be in strong black - the way it is drawn.

It took me a long time to get the design right. I will paint on Monday and Tuesday. I hope the colours turn out OK. I am calling it "Great Blue" so it will mainly have a blue look.

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