Sunday, January 8, 2012
Continued progress on the snake swarm
The snakes are coming along and are approximately 75% done. The guys in the back of the skull are complete, while those in the foreground need highlights. Once these are finished, the foreground plants will be highlighted more, and overhanging leaves over the snakes accentuated. The crow needs highlights and more details. Hopefully this will be done in a week to ten days.
It is such a tragedy that the snake that I used for the painting, the San Francisco garter snake, is highly endangered. Their pattern is perfect for this painting and the lines help to convey the writhing movement of the swarm.
When I was a kid growing up in Denver, we always used to see regular garden variety garter snakes, just an olive green and black variety. Cute, small, but not very colorful.